David B. Samadi

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David B. Samadi
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Born Iran
Residence Old Westbury, New York
Nationality United States
Education B.S. Stony Brook University
M.D. Montefiore Medical Center
Henri Mondor - Creteil, France
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Occupation Chairman of Urology Dept. at Lenox Hill Hospital
Chief of Robotic Surgery
Professor of Urology at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
Program Director of Urology Residency
Fox News Contributor and member of Medical A Team
Chief Medical Correspondent AM 970 NYC

David B. Samadi is a celebrity doctor[1] and is the Chairman of Urology, Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital. He is a board-certified urologist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of urologic diseases, prostate cancer, kidney cancer and bladder cancer, and specializes in advanced minimally invasive treatments for prostate cancer, including laparoscopic radical prostatectomy and laparoscopic robotic radical prostatectomy.


Born and raised in the Persian Jewish community of Iran, at age 15 Samadi and his younger brother left in 1979 after the Iranian Revolution. They continued their education in Belgium and London before coming to the United States where Samadi completed high school in Roslyn, New York. After high school, Samadi attended Stony Brook University and earned his degree in biochemistry on a full scholarship. He earned his M.D from S.U.N.Y., Stony Brook School of Medicine, Stony Brook, New York in 1994. Samadi completed his postgraduate training in urology at Montefiore Medical Center and in proctology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1996 and Montefiore Medical Center in 2000. He completed an oncology fellowship in proctology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in 2001 and a robotic radical prostatectomy fellowship at Henri Mondor Hospital Creteil in France under the mentorship of Professor Claude Abbou in 2002.[2][3]

He first practiced at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, then joined the faculty of Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in 2007 where he became the Vice Chair of the Department of Urology, and the Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery.[4] In 2012, he was the highest paid doctor in New York City, earning $7.6 million.[5] He moved his team to Lenox Hill Hospital in 2013, where he became the Chair of Urology and Chief of Robotic Surgery and was appointed Professor of Urology at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.[6]

On August 27, 2013, Samadi appeared as a guest on a segment of the Fox & Friends morning television show to discuss whether women should pay more than men for health insurance. At the time of the interview, the gender rating for insurance premiums[7] was common practice among health insurers, with estimates that women paid about $1 billion a year more than men on health insurance.[7][8] However, under the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, 2010 (″Obamacare″), the practice was banned effective January 1, 2014,[8] and this is considered to be one of the most uncontroversial provisions in the law.[7] Samadi argued that women pay more for health insurance, because they, for a number of reasons, tend to use the health care system more than men. He stated that women go through more preventive screening; they give birth; they have mammograms and PAP smears; men do not like to go to the doctor.[9] He said: "I just think that the whole system is not working well. I mean this is one of the examples, where men and women are totally different, there is a sex difference when it comes to the health care use, but I really think that if you pay for it, you are going to negotiate, finding out where is the best doctor, where you're going to get a better deal on all these X-rays etc., that's how you're gonna save money."[7]

Samadi's comments have attracted widespread online criticism,[10] in various blogs, such as those in Slate,[7] Freak Out Nation,[11] Wonkette,[12] National Women's Law Center,[8] Daily Kos,[13] and Marie Claire.[14]

On March 12, 2017 the Boston Globe reported that Samadi is under investigation for is under investigation for a practice of booking multiple simultaneous surgeries and having medical residents perform many of the surgeries without proper supervision of training, while promising patients that he will personally treat them.[1]

Samadi is a member of the American Urological Association[1] and the American Medical Association.[3]


Samadi was a host of Sunday Housecall on Fox News Channel from 2011 through 2016.[4]

In March 2015 Samadi launched a radio program on New York City's am970, World Health News[15] as well as a website to blog about health news.[16]



  1. ^ a b c "He’s a celebrated urologist, but authorities are investigating his surgical practice - The Boston Globe". BostonGlobe.com. Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
  2. ^ Gupte, Pranay (January 17, 2006). "Doctor Discusses Plans To Perform Tele-Surgery". The New York Sun. 
  3. ^ a b "David B. Samadi M.D.: Executive Profile & Biography". Bloomberg. Retrieved 24 April 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Fern Siman for Jewish Voice NY. July 10, 2013. Sitting on Top of the World with Dr. David Samadi
  5. ^ Melissa Klein for the NY Post. April 13, 2014 City’s hospital specialists are raking in millions of dollars
  6. ^ Michael Ferguson for MD News. October 13, 2014 Experience Matters: David B. Samadi, MD — Advancing Robotic Prostate Surgeries Worldwide
  7. ^ a b c d e Marcotte, Amanda (August 27, 2013). "Fox News Worries That Women Are Taking Up Too Much Health Care". Slate. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c Benyo, Anna (August 27, 2013). "Dear Fox News, Women Should NOT Pay More for Health Insurance". National Women's Law Center. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  9. ^ Brian Kilmeade, Gretchen Carlson, David Samadi (August 27, 2013). Fox and Friends (TV). New York: Fox News. 23:30–27:15 minutes in. Archived from the original on August 27, 2013. 
  10. ^ Greenfield, Beth (August 28, 2013). "Fox News Contributor's 'Sexist' Comments on Women's Health Care Spark Outrage". Yahoo!. Archived from the original on August 28, 2013. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Fox Hosts mansplain that women should pay more for insurance because of they have "uteri, ovaries and breasts"". Freak Out Nation. August 27, 2013. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  12. ^ Schoenkopf, Rebecca (August 27, 2013). "Fox: Why Are Women So Greedy, With Their Breast And Ovarian Cancer Costing Men All This Money?". Wonkette. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Fox News doc says women should pay more for health insurance because they have breasts, ovaries". Daily Kos. August 27, 2013. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  14. ^ "According to Fox Expert, Women Should Pay More for Health Insurance Because They Have Breasts, Ovaries & the Uterus". Marie Claire. August 28, 2013. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  15. ^ March 7, 2015 Dr. David Samadi Press Release: New York Urologist, Dr. David Samadi, Launches New Radio Show - World Health News on New York City's WMCA am970
  16. ^ March 19, 2015 Dr. David Samadi Press Release: Fox News Medical Correspondent, Dr. David Samadi, Launches Global Health News Online Destination - SamadiMD.com

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