How Dr. David Samadi Became a Top Urologist

At Lenox Hill Hospital Dr. David Samadi is the Chief of Robotic Surgery. Over the course of his professional career in medicine he has performed operations in more than 40 countries. His specialty is treating men with prostate cancer by using cutting-edge surgical robotics. Additionally, he works as a professor of urology and has hosted a national medical tv program.

When talking about why he became a doctor, Dr. David Samadi said in an interview that being a doctor had been something he was interested in since being a small boy. When he discovered that urologists use advanced robotic surgery equipment he decided upon the particular specialization. He says that he finds the technology to be absolutely fascinating and very beneficial to patients.

When Dr. David Samadi began his career as a urologist he used the standard American methods he had been taught. After a period of time he learned that French urologists were using a better type of prostate surgery called laparoscopic technology. He found an opportunity to travel to France where he learned this technique himself. It was also during his time at Henri Mondor, in Creteil, France, that he had his first opportunity to work with robotic surgery equipment. After he returned to the United States he put these new skills to work which resulted in him having much more success at career advancement.


When he first started working in his career Dr. David Samadi says that he became a bit disillusioned with his career. He didn’t like how the processes to manage patients operated so slowly. He said that over time he learned why the process works that way and how it benefits patients. In the operating room, though, he says he can work very efficiently. This is because he says he used the same schedule each day. He has also developed a highly efficient surgical team who know what to do every moment during a surgery.

Starting each day before 5 a.m, he says that he is most productive before noon. He arrives at his office each day before 6 a.m. He says his schedule involves performing surgery from the late morning to the early afternoon. It’s later in the day that he makes his rounds with patients.

Dr. David Samadi earned his bachelors by attending Stony Brook University. He then earned his medical degree at Montefiore Medical Center. He served his internship at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

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