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Dr. David Samadi, Pioneer in Robotic Surgery

Dr. David Samadi is perhaps best known to the public as the host of “Sunday Housecall,” which aired on the Fox News Channel. He is Chair of Urology and Chief of Robotic Surgery at New York’s Lenox Hill Hospital.

A Pioneer in Robotic Prostate Surgery

Having started his career specializing in the early diagnosis of prostate cancer, he recognized the potential of robotic surgery when in 2000, he spent a year in France with the team that performed the first laproscopic and robotic surgeries for prostate cancer. He went on to become Vice Chair of Urology at Mount Sinai Medical Center. In that role, he performed thousands of robotic prostate surgeries, which is his focus today as Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox Hill.

Quality Through Efficiency

Dr. Samadi credits his success by observing techniques used in other industries to improve efficiency without sacrificing quality to quantity. He compares his team to a flight crew where he is the pilot. “Everyone knows their position in the operating room,” he says, “and each person has a special role.” Dr. Samadi has also taken a leadership role in designing the physical layout of the operating room and floor, with the goal of making a ‘one-stop’ center for men’s health from colon, heart, prostate, and lungs to fertility and testosterone levels.

A Patient-Centered Approach

Interaction with patients as human beings is also fundamental to Dr. Samadi’s medical philosophy of never compromising on the quality of care. “My patients have my cellphone number and full access to me and at all hours,” he says. “I always run one robotic room at a time, and I perform each case from beginning to end.” Patients have responded positively to his patient-centered approach through word of mouth and a recent scoring of 94 percent in a Manhattan patient satisfaction survey.

The SMART Future

Looking to the future, Dr. Samadi is developing a new surgical technique for prostate removal called the Samadi Modified Advanced Robotic Technique (SMART), which will avoid nerve damage that presently can lead to serious side effects. “Once the results of my technique have been proven and published,” Dr. Samadi says, “men won’t have to carry around such anxieties.”

In the Media

Currently, Dr. Samadi hosts a radio program and has a health news and information website at

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