Physician Profile

Sammy Elsamra, MD
Urologic Oncologist

I joined the Urologic Cancer Program at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey in August 2014 and am an assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Urology at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. I received my undergraduate degree in Chemical Biology at the Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, NJ) with high honors and then completed my medical degree at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now Rutgers)—New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ.  Excelling in both clinical and research endeavors, I completed my urologic surgical residency at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University (Providence, RI).  During my residency, I developed an interest in minimally invasive urology, assisting in hundreds of endoscopic, laparoscopic, and robotic urologic procedures.  Also during this time, I co-authored numerous abstracts, more than a dozen manuscripts, and several book chapters pertaining to advancements in and outcomes of minimally invasive urologic surgery. 

Following graduation from urologic residency at Brown University, I completed a two-year Endourology Society accredited fellowship at the Smith Institute for Urology (part of the North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System in New Hyde Park, NY).  Under the guidance of Dr. Arthur Smith, who is an internationally recognized pioneer in endourology, I conducted more than 200 percutaneous renal surgeries, for stones, strictures, and cancer. I was also co-surgeon for nearly 200 laparoscopic and robotic urologic cases under the tutelage of Dr. Louis Kavoussi, a pioneer of laparoscopic urologic surgery credited with the first laparoscopic nephrectomy. I have extensive experience with nearly all laparoscopic and robotic urologic procedures, but have special interest in laparoscopic and robotic partial nephrectomy, radical prostatectomy, and radical cystectomy with intracorporeal urinary diversion (completely robotic approach to urinary diversion after robotic cystectomy).  I also have a special interest in organ-sparing procedures for cancer, including percutaneous resection of upper tract urothelial carcinoma, which is classically treated with removal of the entire kidney and ureter. 

In recent years, I have continued my research as a co-author and presenter within this field with more than 2 dozen peer-reviewed articles, scores of abstracts, many descriptive surgical videos, numerous presentations, and several book chapters.  I am also a reviewer for several urologic journals including the Journal of Endourology and the British Journal of Urology and am a member of the American Urologic Association, the Endourologic Society, and the American Medical Association.

Regardless of the need for surgery or the surgical approach, I am committed to providing my patients with the highest quality of urologic care.  As a New Jersey native, I am proud to be a part of the Urologic Cancer team at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey.

Clinical Expertise 

Robotic urologic surgery, laparoscopic urologic surgery, percutaneous renal surgery, prostate cancer, kidney cancer, bladder cancer

Contact Information  

To schedule a new patient appointment call 732-235-8515.
For all other inquiries call 732-235-2465.

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