Samir Taneja, M.D.

Dr. Samir Taneja

James M. Neissa and Janet Riha Neissa Associate Professor of Urologic Oncology
Director, Division of Urologic Oncology, Department of Urology
Genitourinary Program Leader, NYU Cancer Institute
Co-Director, Smilow Comprehensive Prostate Cancer Center, NYU Langone Medical Center
Director, NYU Urologic Oncology Fellowship Program
Chief of Urology, Manhattan VA Medical Center

“Having performed hundreds of open radical prostatectomy procedures prior to adapting the robotic approach into my practice, my greatest frustration was the fact that I had really gone as far as I could with the open surgery. My outcomes were outstanding, but there was little opportunity to make significant improvements with the technique. Robotics offers the opportunity for me to adapt my vast experience with radical prostatectomy to a new approach in which there remains great opportunity for continued improvement through advances in the technique, evolution of the equipment, and challenging of existing beliefs about the operation. To me, robotics offers an opportunity to keep making the techniques of urologic cancer surgery better.”

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Dr. Taneja is among the most experienced urologic cancer surgeons in the Northeast. A board-certified urologist, he has performed over 2,000 procedures for prostate, kidney, bladder and testicular cancers, including numerous robotic prostatectomies and partial nephrectomies. Dr. Taneja has been focusing on robotic radical prostatectomy procedures since 2008. His extensive background in open radical prostatectomy gives him a unique perspective as he continues to refine the robotic techniques for this procedure.

Similarly, Dr. Taneja’s expertise in performing robotic partial nephrectomies to treat kidney cancer builds on his extensive experience with open and laparoscopic procedures. Prior to adopting robotics for partial nephrectomy, he had performed several hundred laparoscopic partial nephrectomy procedures. The techniques of reconstruction he developed for laparoscopic partial nephrectomy have been easily adapted to robotic partial nephrectomy and have been utilized by a number of surgeons around the country.

A nationally recognized kidney cancer expert, Dr. Taneja has served on the faculty of the International Kidney Cancer Symposium and the American Urological Association Renal Cancer Course. He frequently consults on difficult urologic surgical cases, and has lectured throughout the world on urologic cancers and urologic surgery. For the past several years he has been listed among New York magazine's “Best Doctors,” Castle Connolly's America's Top Doctors for Cancer and America's Top Doctors, Consumers’ Research Council of America's Top Physicians and Top Surgeons, and The New York Times Magazine's “Super Doctors.” He has also appeared on numerous television and radio shows and is a weekly host of the “Men’s Health Show” on Sirius’s “Doctor Radio.”


Dr Taneja has authored over 110 articles, 20 book chapters, and 5 textbooks on urologic cancer and urologic surgery and edited the 3rd and 4th editions of Complications of Urologic Surgery: Prevention and Diagnosis, one of the leading textbooks in American urology. He has also conducted 14 clinical trials at NYU, most of them focused on prostate cancer diagnosis, prevention, and treatment, and was national primary investigator for three multicenter clinical trials, including a recently completed four-center evaluation of the computerized biopsy system Targetscan™. He is currently primary investigator for a large-scale study of prostate cancer prevention among 1590 men with high-grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia, and for a recently initiated national study of targeted photodynamic therapy for early stage prostate cancer.

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Education and Training

Dr. Taneja received his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School in 1990 and completed his urologic surgical training at the UCLA Medical Center in 1996. He was named to the NYU Langone faculty in 1996, and joined the Urologic Oncology program at NYU Urology Associates in 2000. He has been the program director and eventual Division Chief since 2006.

Diseases and Conditions that Dr. Taneja Treats with Robotic Surgery