Benjamin Samstein, MD

Surgery, General (Board Certified, Primary Specialty)
Transplant Surgery
Cancer Care
Office Phone: (212) 746-2127
One of America's Top Doctors


Benjamin Samstein, MD is Chief of Liver Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Surgery in the Department of Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. An experienced, board-certified transplant surgeon, Dr. Samstein heads up the multidisciplinary liver transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery team at NYP/Weill Cornell. His specialities include the most advanced laparoscopic procedures for liver cancer, benign liver tumors and hepatobiliary pancreas disease.

A recognized expert in the field, Dr. Samstein has received many honors and awards, including the Arnold P. Gold Award for Humanism in Medicine. Dr. Samstein is well-published in the field, authoring many peer-reveiwed articles in prestigious medical and surgical journals, books and book chapters and abstracts.

He is the program director of the transplant surgery fellowship at NYP/Columbia. Other areas of clinical expertise include hepatic adenomna, hepatic hemangioma, cholangiocarcinoma, colorectal metastasis, live donor nephrectomy, laparoscopic living donor nephrectomy, and pediatric liver and organ transplant.

Dr. Samstein received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University in 1992 and earned his MD at the State University of New York at Stonybrook in 1997. He did his internship and residency in general surgery at NYP/Columbia, and completed a research fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in 2001. He completed a fellowship in ASTS Multi-organ transplant at NYP/Columbia in 2006.

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Oxford Health Plans [Freedom, Liberty, Medicare Advantage]

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Rockefeller University - CoreSource

United Empire

UnitedHealthcare [Community Plan, Compass (Exchange), EPO, HMO, Medicare, POS, PPO]



State University of New York - Stony Brook Health Sciences Center

Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center


  • Johnson GB,Brunn GJ,Samstein B,Platt JL.New insight into the pathogenesis of sepsis and the sepsis syndrome.Surgery.137(4):393-5,2005 Apr.
  • Emond JC,Samstein B,Renz JF.A critical evaluation of hepatic resection in cirrhosis: optimizing patient selection and outcomes.World Journal of Surgery.29(2):124-30,2005 Feb.
  • Goldstein MJ,Samstein B,Ude A,Widmann WD,Hardy MA.Work Hours Assessment and Monitoring Initiative (WHAMI) under resident direction: a strategy for working within limitations.Current Surgery.62(1):132-7,2005 Jan-Feb.
  • Samstein B.Looking forward to the unknown.Current Surgery.61(4):395-6,2004 Jul-Aug.
  • Samstein B,Johnson GB,Platt JL.Toll-like receptor-4 and allograft responses.Transplantation.77(3):475-7,2004 Feb 15.
  • Samstein B,Platt JL.Physiologic and Immunologic Hurdles to Xenotransplantation.Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.12(1):182-93,2001 Jan.
  • Samstein B,Emond JC.Liver Transplants from Living Related Donors.Annual Review of Medicine.52:147-60,2001.
  • Samstein B,Platt JL.Xenotransplantation and Tolerance.Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society.Phil Trans R Soc Lond.356(1409):749-58,2001 May 29.
  • Samstein B,Hoimes ML,Frost RA,Gelato MC,Lang CH.IL-6 Stimulation of Insulin-like Growth Factor Binding Protein (IGF-BP) Production.Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications.228(2):611-5,1996 Nov 12.

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Assistant Professor of Surgery at CUMC

Assistant Professor of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell Univ

  • Arnold P. Gold Award for Humanism in Medicine, 2003-2004
  • NIH National Research Service Award, 2000-2001
  • NIH Gastrointestinal Training Grant, Mayo Clinic, 1999-2000