NEW YORK, July 23, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lenox Hill Hospital, part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, recently hosted students from the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine (NYLF/MED) to witness a live custom robotic prostate cancer surgery. David Samadi, MD, Chairman of Urology and Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital performed a robotic prostate removal at The Prostate Cancer Center at the hospital, and the students observed it in real time via closed circuit TV. The well-attended session was followed by Q &A with Dr. Samadi.
"Students get a very real-world view of the responsibilities and challenges that surgeons and doctors face. They see everything first-hand from the surgical setting to patient care. It's a tremendous opportunity for students that are interested in medicine," said Dr. Samadi.
The event marks Dr. Samadi's third year of involvement with the New York NYLF/MED and his second year hosting these students at Lenox Hill Hospital.
The National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine has a 20-year history throughout the United States. The tuition and scholarship program gives academically outstanding high school students the opportunity to experience the world of healthcare, putting them face-to-face with experts from top medical centers. Participating students, all of whom excel in math and science, are selected based on nominations and recommendations from their teachers and from past NYLF/MED participants. All students express a strong interest in the healthcare field.
"I was honored to kick off New York's inaugural NYLF/MED year in 2012 and very happy to welcome the students to Lenox Hill in 2013 and again this year," said Dr. Samadi. "Interacting with the students is a wonderful experience for me. I enjoy introducing these bright minds to the opportunities in healthcare and answering their insightful questions. Their knowledge and passion for medicine will be a tremendous asset to future patients."
Lenox Hill Hospital
Lenox Hill Hospital, a member of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, is a 652-bed, fully accredited, acute care hospital located on Manhattan's Upper East Side with a national reputation for outstanding patient care and innovative medical and surgical treatments. Recognized nationally as a leader in cardiac care, otolaryngology, urology, orthopedics and maternal/child health, the Hospital also offers a wide range of services in radiology, and medical and surgical specialties. For more information about Lenox Hill Hospital, visit www.lenoxhillhospital.org.
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Source:North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System