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Samir Taneja, MD

  • Specialties: Urologic Oncology, Urology
  • Languages: English, Hindi
  • Phone: 646-825-6300
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Named
One of America’s Top Doctors for Cancer by Castle Connolly for 10+ Years
Pioneered
Use of MRI to Diagnose and Pinpoint Prostate Cancer
Recognized Innovator
In the Emerging Field of Prostate Cancer Focal Therapy

About Me

My interest in medicine began in the fifth grade. My mother had a master’s degree in public health and I would read over her shoulder, fascinated by her anatomy books. It was then that I decided I wanted to be a surgeon.

A few years later, I learned about an early acceptance program offered by Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. I was accepted into the program in my senior year of high school and entered medical school after two years of college. I initially pursued neurosurgery, but a friend recommended urology. I liked the people in the field and was fascinated by the interaction of hormones and cancer within the prostate. I was fortunate to be allowed to conduct independent research in the department’s famous prostate cancer research laboratories and to have a world-renowned surgeon as my mentor, and so the course of my career as a surgeon in prostate cancer care and research was set.

When I first joined NYU Langone I focused broadly on urologic oncology, treating people with cancers of the prostate, kidney, bladder, and testis. Now, about 70 percent of my practice focuses on prostate cancer or the suspicion of prostate cancer.

The work I have been able to conduct at NYU Langone and its Perlmutter Cancer Center and Smilow Comprehensive Prostate Cancer Center has transformed the field of prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment by improving methods of prostate imaging, cancer detection, and disease localization. I strive to integrate new technologies into my practice to evolve the practice of oncology. This has allowed me to care for prostate cancer patients individually by avoiding surgery or radiation when not needed, and using new targeted approaches to treat the disease when possible. When conventional surgery is necessary, more than 90 percent of the surgical procedures I now perform are done laparoscopically with robotic assistance. This allows my patients to avoid large, open incisions, experience less pain and discomfort, and recover more quickly.

My clinical research focuses on the use of imaging to detect and treat prostate cancer. I pioneered the use of MRI to diagnose and pinpoint prostate cancer, and in MRI-guided focal ablative therapies that aim to destroy only the cancerous portion of the prostate. With the ability to precisely locate the cancer, patients no longer need to have the entire gland removed. Through ongoing improvements in imaging and constant integration of new technologies, we continue to evolve this approach to minimize the trauma of prostate cancer surgery.

I have authored more than 200 articles, 30 book chapters, and 6 textbooks and monographs on urologic cancer and surgery. In addition, I am the editor of Taneja’s Complications of Urologic Surgery: Prevention and Diagnosis, one of the most widely read textbooks in American urology.


Conditions and Treatments

Conditions
  • prostate cancer
  • prostate diseases
  • genitourinary neoplasm
  • urinary tract cancer
  • kidney cancer
  • elevated prostate-specific antigen
Treatments
  • minimally invasive surgery
  • robotic assisted surgery
  • MRI ultrasound fusion guided biopsy

Credentials

Positions
  • James M. Neissa and Janet Riha Neissa Professor of Urologic Oncology, Department of Urology
  • Professor, Department of Radiology
  • Vice Chair, Department of Urology
  • Genito-Urologic Program Leader, NYU Perlmutter Cancer Center
  • Co-Director, Smilow Comprehensive Prostate Cancer Center
  • Director, Urologic Oncology
Education and Training
  • Residency, UCLA Medical Center, 1996
  • Residency, UCLA Medical Center, 1992
  • MD from Northwestern University, 1990
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Insurance Plans Accepted

This provider accepts the following insurance plans.

  • Aetna
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna Indemnity
    • Aetna International
    • Aetna Medicare Managed Care
    • Aetna Meritain Health
    • Aetna Open Access Elect Choice (EPO)
    • Aetna Open Access HMO
    • Aetna POS
    • Aetna POS (American Express Employer)
    • Aetna PPO
    • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
    • Aetna Student Health
    • Allied
    • Chesterfield Resources Inc
    • Christian Brothers Services
    • CoreSource
    • Healthscope
    • Nippon Life of America-Aetna
    • Nippon Life-Aetna
    • Starmark
    • WellNet
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    • BCBS Blue Access EPO
    • BCBS Blue Access GEPO
    • BCBS Blue Access HMO
    • BCBS EPO
    • BCBS EPO (NYU Winthrop Employees)
    • BCBS EPO - Empire EPO (NYU Langone Employees)
    • BCBS EPO - Empire EPO (Sunset Park/Family Health Center Employees)
    • BCBS EPO - Empire NYU Care (NYU Langone Employees)
    • BCBS EPO - Empire NYU Care (Sunset Park/Family Health Center Employees)
    • BCBS Federal Program
    • BCBS HMO
    • BCBS Indemnity
    • BCBS Mediblue Medicare HMO
    • BCBS Mediblue Medicare PPO
    • BCBS POS
    • BCBS PPO
    • BCBS PPO (NYU Winthrop Employees)
    • BCBS PPO - Empire PPO (Sunset Park/Family Health Center Employees)
    • BCBS Pathway
    • BCBS Pathway Enhanced
    • BCBS Pathway Enhanced
    • BCBS Pathway X Enhanced
    • BCBS Pathway X Enhanced
    • Local 32BJ SEIU
    • New York Hotel Trades
    • Unicare
  • Cigna
    • Apwu Health Plan
    • Cigna Great West PPO
    • Cigna HMO
    • Cigna Indemnity
    • Cigna Managed Care/POS
    • Cigna NALC
    • Cigna Open Access
    • Cigna Open Access PPO
    • Cigna PPO
    • Cigna Premier Plus
    • Consolidated Health Plans-NYU Student
    • Great West HMO
    • MVP-Cigna Network
  • Connecticare
    • Connecticare Commercial
  • Emblem
    • Emblem Select Care Basic Exchange
    • Emblem Select Care Bronze Exchange
    • Emblem Select Care Gold Exchange
    • Emblem Select Care Platinum Exchange
    • Emblem Select Care Silver Exchange
  • GHI
    • GHI HMO
    • GHI Medicare Supplement
  • HIP
    • HIP Access I
    • HIP Access II
    • HIP Child Health Plus
    • HIP EPO
    • HIP HMO
    • HIP Medicare VIP
    • HIP POS
    • HIP Prime Basic
    • HIP Prime Bronze
    • HIP Prime Gold
    • HIP Prime Platinum
    • HIP Prime Silver
    • HIP VIP Medicare - Affinity
    • HIP VIP Medicare - VIP Go
    • HIP Vytra Healthcare Managed Care
    • HIP Vytra Healthcare POS
    • HIP Vytra Healthcare PPO
  • Health Smart
    • WTC Health Program-HHC
  • Humana
    • Humana Medicare Advantage
  • Local 1199
    • Local 1199 - NYU Hospital Member Choice
    • Local 1199 PPO
  • MVP Select Care Inc
    • MVP Preferred EPO
    • MVP Select Care Inc.
  • Magnacare
    • Magnacare PPO
  • Medicare
    • Medicare Part A
    • Medicare Part A and B
    • Medicare Part B
  • NYSHIP - The Empire Plan
    • NYS Health Insurance Plan - The Empire Plan
  • Oxford
    • Oxford Health Plans Freedom
    • Oxford Health Plans Liberty
  • Railroad Medicare
    • Palmetto GBA Railroad Medicare
  • Tricare
    • TRICARE
    • TriWest
    • US Family Health Plan
  • United Healthcare
    • AARP Medicare Complete
    • AARP Medicare Complete Mosaic
    • Oxford Health Plans Medicare Advantage
    • UMR
    • UMR WTC Health Program
    • United Healthcare AARP
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • United Healthcare Choice (AMEX employees)
    • United Healthcare Choice (CBS employees)
    • United Healthcare Choice NSLIJ
    • United Healthcare EPO
    • United Healthcare EPO (NYU Langone Health Employees)
    • United Healthcare HMO
    • United Healthcare Indemnity
    • United Healthcare Indemnity (NYU Langone Health Employees)
    • United Healthcare JP Morgan
    • United Healthcare Medicare
    • United Healthcare Navigate
    • United Healthcare POS
    • United Healthcare PPO
    • United Healthcare Plus (NYU Langone Health Employees)
    • United Healthcare Student Resources
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Locations and Appointments

NYU Urology Associates

222 East 41st Street
New York, NY 10017

NYU Langone Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center
Phone

212-731-6000

Research My Research

Interests

prostate cancer, MRI, MRI-targeted biopsy, focal therapy, prostate ablative surgery, High intensity Focused Ultrasound, HIFU, cryosurgery, biomarkers, biomarkers, biomarkers

Academic Contact

Academic office

222 East 41st Street

11th and 12th Floors

New York, NY 10017

Research Interests Timeline

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Publications

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