The South Asian Times

21 September 2018 18:22 PM

Dr Samadi: Making Sunday Housecalls

By Robert Golomb

When I learned early this week that Dr David B. Samadi - the world renowned urologist and surgeon and currently the chairman of Urology and the chief of robotic surgery at Lennox Hill Hospital in Manhattan - will host a television show titled, “Sunday Housecall with Doctor Samadi”, my mind raced back in time to the middle of July 2015. I had received a very special email from a man who wrote to me about a column I had then recently published titled, “Peter Latos Lives on Through The Prostate Cancer Foundation”.

That column was about Peter Latos, a highly respected Astoria, Queens based attorney who died of prostate cancer in June 2013 at the age of 48, leaving behind his wife and two young adult sons. I wrote in the column that according to Dr. Samadi, whom I interviewed at the time for the story, Peter’s death could have been prevented had his original doctor both taken and then correctly diagnosed a PSA exam. Tragically, I explained, his doctor failed to do so. And by the time Peter Latos saw his new urologist, Dr Samadi, his cancer had already developed to a final inoperable stage four, and his tragic fate was sealed.

While the reader wrote that he had carefully read my column from beginning to end, he chose only one short paragraph, a direct quote from Dr Samadi, to refer to in his missive: Peter should be alive today. Prostate cancer, which one out of six men in America will be diagnosed with at some stage in their lives, can be detected by a simple PSA blood test. When discovered in its early stages and found to be contained within the prostate, as was the case with Peter, the disease has a cure rate of almost 100%. I continued on to read his final paragraph, which I will remember until the day I die: I am a 50-year-old married man and father. I must admit that I always avoided seeing doctors for regular check-ups, despite my wife begging me to. But after reading about Peter Latos, I made an appointment to see my urologist. He gave me a PSA test and discovered that I had prostate cancer. Fortunately, it was in its early stage, so the doctor was able to treat me successfully. I am alive and healthy today. Thanks to reading your column.

Those words left me with one of the greatest feelings I ever experienced in my entire life; I had actually done something that helped save a person’s life. I was so excited that I soon phoned Dor Samadi to tell him all about it. “What a great feeling it must be for you to know that through your column a man learned about the importance of taking the PSA test, and it saved his life. You just made my day”, I vividly remember him telling me then. When I phoned Dr Samadi last weelk to congratulate him on his new television show, I reminded him about my Peter Latos column as well as the reader’s e-mail.

Dr Samadi told me, though, that he didn’t need to be reminded. “I will never forget Peter, who never felt sorry for himself as he waged a courageous war against a disease he knew would eventually take his life. I will also never forget about the email you received”, he stated. “For me, as someone who has tried to end prostate cancer fatalities through educating the public, it was very special.” Educating the public about prostate cancer as well as teaching about other health issues, Samadi told me, will, in fact, be the focus of his new show. “I will regularly remind viewers of the importance of early detection for prostate cancer for men” he stated. “That has been my life’s mission.” He elaborated, however, the show will cover a range of many other health related topics for both men and women, which will include exercise, nutrition, sexual health, and the early detection and best treatments for common diseases.

Samadi noted that well-known authorities from these fields will regularly appear with him. “We will have the most respected experts for each of the many topics we will be covering”, Samadi stated. He also noted that the show will be poadcast live, allowing the viewers to call in or email their health-related questions for Samadi and his guests to answer. “This Q and A interactive format I believe will offer the best forum to provide information that could improve the general health, enhance the quality of life and even increase the life span of many of our viewers”, he stated. I would bet that it can. But judge for yourselves.

‘Sunday Housecall with Dr. David Samadi’ now airs every Sunday from 12:30 to 1:00 pm. You can view it through Twitter, Facebook, You Tube Live, or at Columnist’s note: Some of my readers might recall that a month prior to the Latos column, I wrote a story about the life of Dr. Samadi, titled David B. Samadi: The Untold Story of a World Renowned Surgeon. That article was about how Dr Samadi, a Jewish teenager living in Iran when the dreaded Ayatollah took power in the middle 1970’s, was able flee to safety in America and eventually go on to become one of the leading surgeons in the world.

Robert Golomb is a nationally and internationally published columnist. Mail him at and follow him on Twitter@RobertGolomb

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