A prostate cancer diagnosis can be devastating to anyone who receives one, this includes the 161,360 men that were diagnosed in 2017; including Mitt Romney the former Republican presidential nominee. According to Dr. David Samadi, Romney made the right decision when he chose surgery over radiation to treat his prostate cancer and his prognosis is good.
While Dr. David Samadi may not have performed the surgery himself, he is a board-certified Urologist and Oncologist at Lenox Hill Hospital since June 2013. He currently holds the positions of Chief of Robotic Surgery as well as Chairman of Urology; he has successfully completed nearing 7,000 surgeries that were assisted by robotics and is considered a top expert in his field. As a frequent contributor and guest on Fox News Health, he is considered one of the top experts in his field and his advice and insight is often sought after for many health related topics.
Mitt Romney is not the only politician who has experienced a diagnosis of prostate cancer and chose the surgical route for treatment. In 2002 John Kerry was diagnosed while he was running for President. Colin Powell, the former Secretary of State, also underwent surgery to remove his prostate after a positive diagnosis. The predicted prostate cancer diagnoses in 2018 is 164,690 according to the American Cancer Society.
Dr. David Samadi has received much acclaim for his achievements; he has a success rate of 90% of his patients being cancer free after his treatments. This is one of the best success rates in the industry. In fact, he created his own procedure, Samadi Modified Advanced Robotic Treatment, or SMART. He has been named one of America’s Best Doctors by Castle Connoly and is on New York Magazine’s List of Best Doctors in the United States.
The Iranian born doctor speaks about his ability to empathize with the fear of patients through his experience during the 1979 Iranian Revolution that he survived as a child before immigrating to Belgium with his brother. They then immigrated to the United States to complete their education. After majoring in Biochemistry at Stony Brook University, he earned his medical degree through their school of medicine in 1994. His residency was completed in New York, where he currently resides with his wife, at the Montefiore Medical Center.