Growing up in a Muslim Country

Samadi grew up as a Persian Jew in a Muslim country and attended Catholic school. He was an ambitious and competitive child and was captain of the soccer team. His family was discrete in manifesting their Jewish identity, even when attending the synagogue. During the 45 minute drive to school, his father would often teach the lessons of Judaism to his brother, cousins and him.

Since a little boy, he was inspired by his dad who was in the radiology equipment business and who motivated his children to always push their boundaries and attempt to conquer the things they weren’t inclined to do. David often accompanied him on his business meetings and was fascinated by the doctors they met. This was, probably, key to his decision of later on becoming a doctor. His father’s motto stayed with him: “There is nothing that stands before your hope.”

Roslyn High School New York

Beginning of a new life

In 1979, during and after the Iranian Revolution, many Jewish people fled the country. Among them were David, then 15, and his younger brother, Dan (12). The two had to start living on their own in Brussels, Belgium and six months later in Northern London. David had to be a support for Dan, while also focusing on his education. Even though they were far away, Samadi’s family supported all the expenses for their sons’ education and accommodation in a boarding house. The two were homesick, missing their parents and sister, so all they had as a means of distraction from that was focusing on their studies. In those years, the American pop culture began to grow on the two boys, so the next step for them was to move to the United States. In 1983, David Samadi began attending Roslyn High School in New York.


1984 – Roslyn High School New York Completed High School
Stony Brook University Hospital Montefiore Medical Center

First steps in the medical field

In 1984 he began attending the State University of New York at Stony Brook and earned a degree in biochemistry, on a full scholarship. He didn’t stop there and went on to achieving an M.D. in 1994, from Stony Brook School of Medicine. Two years later, he completed his postgraduate training in Urology at Montefiore Medical Center.


1990 – Stony Brook University New York Degree in Biochemistry
Montefiore Medical Center
1994 – Stony Brook School of Medicine M.D. Degree
Montefiore Medical Center
1996 – Montefiore Medical Center Postgraduate training in Urology
Montefiore Medical Center
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

The urology specialty

In 1996, David Samadi’s CV is just starting to grow. He enrols in post-graduate training in urology at Albert Einstein School of Medicine. In 2000, he joins a team of doctors, nurses and cancer experts and starts training in prostate cancer, bladder and testicular cancer. In 2001, he majors in proctology from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. The same year, he joins the American Urologic Association Society of Urologic Oncology as a member and, later, as chairman of the group. In 2002, he finalizes a robotic radical prostatectomy fellowship at Henri Mondor Hospital Creteil in Paris, France, under the mentorship of Professor Claude Abbou.


2001 – Memorial Sloan Kettering Center Majors in Proctology
Montefiore Medical Center
2002 – Henri Mondor Hospital Creteil Paris, France Finalizes a robotic radical prostatectomy fellowship
Montefiore Medical Center
David Samadi M.D. - Urologist, Surgeon, Celebrity Doctor

After completing his fellowship in France, Dr Samadi’s urologist background landed him a job at Columbia Presbyterian in New York, as Chief of Robotic Surgery, in 2002. He spread his knowledge to medical students as he was also acting as an Assistant Professor of Urology at Columbia University.

Work Experience
Over 7000 robotic prostate surgeries Over 800 Laparoscopic procedures Professor of oncology and medical author Trained in all three primary areas of surgery