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.”
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.
Achievements1984 – Roslyn High School New York Completed High School
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.
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.
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