Dr. David Samadi Takes a SMART Approach to Prostate Cancer

After a successful surgery was performed by Dr. Thomas Ahlering at UC Irvine, Mitt Romney, Ex-Republican Presidential nominee, announced to the world that he previously had been diagnosed with prostate cancer before his surgery in the summer of 2017. Dr. David Samadi, Fox News Health contributor and Surgeon at Lenox Hill Hospital, says his prognosis is reported to be good. He became one of the 161,260 other men who had been diagnosed as having prostate cancer in the year 2017.

Prostate cancer is diagnosed mainly in senior men with 6 in 10 are aged 65 or older. The average age of men at diagnosis is 66 while Mitt Romney was 70 in March of 2017. Back in 2003, past Secretary of State, Colin Powell, also had a successful surgery for his prostate cancer and John Kerry also stated that he had surgery to remove the cancer in 2002. Kerry has not experienced any reoccurrence of the disease since the surgery.

Dr. David Samadi discusses every option with his patients after they receive a diagnosis of prostate cancer. He believes his experiences as an Iranian immigrant after the Iranian Revolution helps him empathize with his patients’ fears after diagnosis. He goes over the advantages and disadvantages of each option but will almost always recommend surgery if it’s a viable option. If the disease is localized to the prostate before surgery there is an almost 100% chance of survival.

A graduate of Stony Brook School of Medicine, he earned his M.D. in 1994. Dr. David Samadi completed a fellowship at Henri Mondor Hospital Creteil in radical prostatectomy in 2002, Professor Claude Abbou was his mentor. He also completed fellowships in proctology and urology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center. In addition, Dr. David Samadi had an oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center that he completed in 2001. He created his own surgical technique known as SMART or the Samadi Modified Advanced Robotic Treatment. The incisions are smaller and much less invasive than traditional surgery, thus the healing time is generally shorter with fewer complications.

Prior to his current position at Lenox Hill Hospital where he is the current Chairman of Urology and the Chief of Robotic Surgery, he held the same position with Mount Sinai Medical Center’s robotic surgery department as well as being the Vice Chair of Urology. When he left Mount Sinai, he took his entire surgical staff with him to Lenox Hill Hospital.