I also live near NYC and interviewed 5 surgeons.
My 2 cents...
The whole davinci vs
open is highly over rated. Both are perfectly fine - it all depends on the skill of the surgeon. It is also easy to blur the reputation of the institution with the reputation of the surgeon. And while there is the logical conclusion that a great institution would tend to hire only the best, they also hire young docs with promise...not necessarily expertise. Also, in nyc all the doctors have trained, worked, studied with each other and at all the same institutions. They've all done Sloan, Cornell, Columbia, Sinai etc.
Badani at Columbia/Pres is their hot shot on the davinci. Good guy.
McKeirnan is an incredible person and a great doc at Col/Pres, but only does
open. But HUGE success rate.
David Samadi (my doc) is one of the wunderkinden of the DaVinci world. He is an amazing person with a remarkable life story. He does more surgeries than anyone in a year. Sinai wooed him away from Col/Pres cause they wanted him so bad. He is the Rolls Royce of it all. His office is Madison Ave, he puts you in concierge hospital, etc. It's sort of the country club of surgery experiences. Also he is really good.
aaron Katz at Col/Pres is good, but into alternative therapies.
I had talked to two surgeons at Sloan, but both are now gone - they got offers they could not refuse.
LOL - how's all that for more info than you want to know?
BTW- I am going into PCa patient education at Mt. Sinai and working with several docs there in ED rehab. So, I'm just getting to know the Pca world in NYC. Email me with any questions or you just need to talk.
ED website for PCa guys
46 at Diagnosis.
Father died of Pca 4/07 at 86.
10/07 PSA 5.06 (Biopsy 11/07 1 of 12 with 8% involvment) (1mm)
Da Vinci surgery Jan 5, '08 at Mt. Sinai Hosp. NYC www.roboticoncology.com
Saved both nerve bundles.
Path Report: Stage T2cNxMx
Pad free on March 14 - (10 weeks.) Never a problem since.
ED - at one year, ED is fine with viagra.
Two year PSA - undetectable!