Dr. David Samadi has been busy innovating over the past 20 years. Currently he has been working on new ways to use robots to perform delicate surgeries like prostrate removal. He even has a technique named after him, the Samadi Modified Advanced Robotic Technique (SMART). It’s a step forwards in prostrate surgery because the traditional methods cause nerve damage that leads to incontinence and impotence. His SMART surgery method aims to reduce that nerve damage and make the side effects of prostrate removal less onerous.
He brings new ideas to life by drawing his way through problem solving because of his photographic memory. He illustrates his ideas to put them into memory, even when they come to him at 3 AM. Although he might forget the concept of an idea, the illustrations makes document them for later. Once he has an idea sketched out, he puts together a team that can make it happen in as efficient a way as possible. He took inspiration from JetBlue’s technique of cleaning planes quickly to minimize time between landing and takeoff, organizing his team to have most of the cleanup done when an operation was complete so they could move on the next operation immediately.
He takes this drive for efficiency into his management style as well. He doesn’t like long meetings and thrives on positive energy. Keeping people around him that he can trust and managing stress with deep breathing exercises are other ways he keeps himself at peak performance.
Dr. David Samadi was born in Iran and left after the Iranian Revolution to pursue his education in Belgium and London before coming to the United States. He earned a Biochemistry degree from Stony Brook University because going on to earn an M.D. from SUNY’s Stony Brook School of Medicine in 1994. He did his postgraduate work studying proctology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1996 and studied urology at Montefiore Medical Center in 2000. In 2001, he was awarded a fellowship in proctology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and a fellowship in robotic radical prostatectomy at Henri Mondor Hospital Creteil in France in 2002.
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