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NYU Langone Provider

Samir Taneja, MD

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

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

  • elevated prostate-specific antigen
  • genitourinary neoplasm
  • kidney cancer
  • prostate cancer
  • excision of prostate
  • minimally invasive surgery
  • MRI ultrasound fusion guided biopsy
  • partial excision of kidney
  • prostate cancer focal therapy
  • robotic assisted surgery

Board Certifications
  • American Board of Urology - Urology, 1999
Education and Training
  • Residency, UCLA Medical Center, 1996
  • Residency, UCLA Medical Center, 1992
  • MD from Northwestern University, 1990

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This provider accepts the following insurance plans.

  • Aetna
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna Indemnity
    • Aetna International
    • Aetna Medicare Managed Care
    • Aetna Meritain Health
    • Aetna Open Access EPO
    • Aetna Open Access HMO
    • Aetna POS
    • Aetna POS (American Express Employer)
    • Aetna PPO
    • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
    • Aetna Student Plan
    • 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 Large Group
    • BCBS Blue Access EPO Large Group (NYU LI Local 1199)
    • BCBS Blue Access EPO Small Group
    • BCBS Blue Access GEPO Small Group
    • BCBS Blue Access PPO Large Group
    • BCBS EPO
    • BCBS EPO (BlackRock 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 Florida Blue Care HMO
    • BCBS Florida Blue Medicare PPO
    • BCBS Florida Blue Options PPO
    • BCBS Florida Blue Select
    • BCBS Florida MyBlue HMO
    • BCBS Florida Simply Blue
    • BCBS Florida Traditional PPC
    • BCBS HMO
    • BCBS Indemnity
    • BCBS Local 32BJ Employees
    • BCBS Mediblue Medicare HMO
    • BCBS Mediblue Medicare PPO
    • BCBS Mediblue Select HMO/Extra HMO
    • BCBS POS
    • BCBS PPO
    • BCBS PPO (BlackRock Employees)
    • BCBS PPO - Empire PPO (Sunset Park/Family Health Center Employees)
    • BCBS PPO/EPO Small Group
    • New York Hotel Trades
  • 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
    • Great West HMO
    • MVP-Cigna Network
    • Wellfleet-NYU Student
  • Connecticare
    • Connecticare Bridge
    • Connecticare Commercial
  • Emblem
    • Emblem Select Care Basic Exchange
    • Emblem Select Care Bronze Exchange
    • Emblem Select Care Bronze Small Group
    • Emblem Select Care Catastropic Exchange
    • Emblem Select Care EPO
    • Emblem Select Care Gold Exchange
    • Emblem Select Care Gold Small Group
    • Emblem Select Care HMO
    • Emblem Select Care PPO
    • Emblem Select Care Platinum Exchange
    • Emblem Select Care Platinum Small Group
    • Emblem Select Care Silver Exchange
    • Emblem Select Care Silver Small Group
  • GHI
    • GHI HMO
    • GHI Medicare Supplement
  • HIP
    • HIP Access I
    • HIP Access II
    • HIP Bridge
    • HIP Child Health Plus
    • HIP EPO
    • HIP HMO
    • HIP Medicare Supplement
    • HIP POS
    • HIP PPO
    • HIP Prime Bronze
    • HIP Prime Gold
    • HIP Prime Platinum
    • HIP Prime Silver
    • HIP VIP Medicare Bold
    • HIP VIP Medicare Prime
    • Vytra HMO
  • Railroad Medicare
    • Palmetto GBA Railroad Medicare
  • Tricare
    • TriWest
    • Tricare
    • US Family Health Plan
  • United Healthcare
    • AARP Medicare Complete
    • AARP Medicare Complete Mosaic
    • Bind Benefits inc
    • Oxford Health Plans Medicare Advantage
    • UMR
    • UMR WTC Health Program
    • United Healthcare AARP
    • United Healthcare All Savers
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • United Healthcare Choice (AMEX employees)
    • United Healthcare Choice (Blackrock employees)
    • United Healthcare Choice (CBS employees)
    • United Healthcare Choice (Viacom 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 Medicare
    • United Healthcare Navigate
    • United Healthcare POS
    • United Healthcare PPO
    • United Healthcare Plus (NYU Langone Health Employees)
    • United Healthcare Student Resources
    • United Healthcare Value, Advantage and HDHP (New York University employees)
    • UnitedHealthcare Choice (JP Morgan Employees)
  • VA Community Care Network
    • VA CCN Optum
  • Veterans Choice
    • Veterans Choice Program-VACAA
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Locations and Appointments

NYU Langone Urology Associates

222 East 41st Street, New York, NY 10017


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

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