Dr. David Samadi serves as the Chairman of Urology and Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital. The New York based doctor is also a board-certified urologist. As such, he specializes in treating kidney disease, urologic illnesses, prostate cancer, and cancer of the bladder.Additionally, Dr. Samadi has always had an interest in robotics, which is why he maintains his position as the chief of robotic surgery in addition to his other duties. Working in this area, Dr. Samadi developed his SMART surgery, or the Samadi Modified Advanced Robotic Technique. The procedure is designed to successfully remove the prostate. The new procedure replaces the more traditional nerve sparing prostate surgery, which is still commonly practiced.
The side effects of the traditional surgery, which involves splicing away the nerves, before removing the prostate, can include impotence and incontinence.Since Dr. Samadi’s procedure separates the nerves microscopically, damage is minimized. The technique is still in testing phases, but David feels confident that it will be approved in the near future. He says men won’t need to fear the procedure the way that they fear the current nerve sparing prostate operation. The robotic technique will significantly reduce the risk of damage to the nerves and sphincter.In his interview with Ideamensch, Dr. Samadi was asked how he develops his ideas, such as the concept for his SMART procedure. David says he’s always had a very photographic memory and a talent for drawing. When he gets an idea, the first thing he does is to sketch it out on paper.
This is helpful, because an idea can come at anytime. Even if it’s three in the morning, David will get up and make a sketch of his idea. He says he’ll likely forget the idea later, so it helps to have that sketch to rely upon. Later, when he has time to plot out the best way to implement the idea, he can develop plans for picking a team to help him. He selects his team members based on their energies, as much as on their qualifications. Dr. Samadi likes to limit negative emotions as much as possible, so he’ll stay away from those who display tendencies for jealousy and envy. Instead, he looks for those who share his results-driven nature.Dr. David Samadi is especially excited to see how robotics will change the field of healthcare. Already, it’s showing promise and the field of robotics is constantly evolving. He suggests keeping an eye on future developments, because he’s certain robotics will change the face of surgery.
— Dr. David Samadi (@drdavidsamadi) March 31, 2018