Dr. David Samadi: Oncology Expert

Dr. David Samadi’s prognosis for Mitt Romney after a successful prostatectomy is good.

Dr. David Samadi is a board-certified surgeon at Lenox Hill Medical Center and a Fox News Health Correspondent. Mitt Romney, the former presidential nominee, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2017 and shortly thereafter had surgery. He turned 70 in early 2017 and the average age at diagnosis is 66. 60% of men are 65 or older when diagnosed with prostate cancer. Mitt Romney joined 161,360 other men who were diagnosed in 2017 with prostate cancer. Colin Powell and John Kerry were also diagnosed with prostate cancer, like Romney, they chose to have surgery instead of radiation to treat their cancer as well. Romney had his surgery at UC Irvine.

The Urologist and Oncologist always discusses a patient’s options with them after diagnosis. If the cancer is contained just in the prostate, Dr. David Samadi will almost always recommend surgery over radiation. There is nearly a 100% survival rate after surgery once the cancerous tissue is contained just in the prostate. Surgery also prevents developing secondary cancer related to the effects of radiation on the body. Unfortunately, once radiation treatment has taken place it becomes much more difficult to perform the surgery safely and accurately. Once cancer spreads from the prostate the statistics are pretty grim with a less than 30% survival rate beyond five years.

Dr. David Samadi recommends any patient with prostate cancer research their surgeon before making their decision and to ask them about their experience and their outcomes of surgery. Some have better track records in important areas like sexual function and incontinence aside from the rate of cancer returning.

Dr. David Samadi is an Iranian born doctor who immigrated to Belgium and London after the Iranian Revolution before eventually settling in the United States to finish his education and start his career. In 1979, he and his younger brother were forced to leave Iran without their parents. Once they arrived in Belgium they both continued their education.

Samadi earned him M.D. at Sunny Brook University’s School of Medicine. He had earned a Bachelor’s in biochemistry with a full scholarship at Sunny Brook University as well. After college, he had a fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer in oncology and proctology and Henri Mondor Hospital Creteil in radical prostatectomy. Additionally, he was trained in proctology and urology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center.