Addison Duling

Dr. David Samadi: The Forefront of Robotic Surgery

The world of prostate cancer surgery is an ever-changing one. Several years ago it was believed that the best course of action for any removal of cancer was harsh chemotherapy and radiation. Now doctors are starting to reconsider their options. Mitt Romney, Utah Senator and previous Presidential candidate, recently went through one of the most cutting-edge prostate surgeries conceived. He went through a robotic surgery to remove a tumor that had been growing on his prostate. Recently diagnosed, the Senator did not know what his options were, but because of doctors like Dr. David Samadi, these new techniques are being deployed to save lives at a higher rate than ever before.

The real threat of cancer is that it spreads throughout the body and becomes inoperable, subjecting patients to radiation in order to flush out the cancer. Dr. Samadi works with surgery, however, to get rid of cancer in the earlier stages. If prostate cancer is caught early enough, it can be operated on to remove the threat, and almost 90 percent of patients with these operations survive, while only about 30 percent of individuals that undergo radiation survive another five years. Dr. David Samadi has become known as one of the most influential and talented surgeons for prostate cancer.

Before Dr. Samadi became the surgeon he is today, he had a very hard childhood. Born in a small Jewish community in Iran, Samadi and his brother were forced to flee their home during the Iranian Revolution of 1979. In the chaos, Samadi and his brother lost the rest of their family. Not knowing what to do, Samadi started to pursue his passion. He traveled throughout Europe and eventually found his way to the United States, where he began his education to become a doctor in earnest.

After going through several residencies and fellowships, David Samadi officially earned his doctoral degree and became one of the world’s best surgeons on prostate cancer. He has performed over 7,000 surgeries to remove prostate cancer from his patients, many of these were performed with robotics instead of normal tools. Based on his research, the Da Vinci robotic systems are able to perform these same surgeries with almost no blood loss, minimal incisions, and minimal effects on the sexual and bladder functions of patients.

Because of his success, Samadi has been awarded several honors and has written several articles appearing in such journals as the Journal of Robotic Surgery, the World Journal of Urology, and the Journal of the Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons. His success will continue as he continues to help his patients.