Benjamin Samstein, MD

Benjamin Samstein, MD Specialties: Transplant Surgery, Transplant Hepatology, Pancreas & Hepatobiliary Surgery

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Benjamin Samstein, MD
Specialties: Transplant Surgery, Transplant Hepatology, Pancreas & Hepatobiliary Surgery
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  • Aetna - NYP
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield Healthplus
  • GHI
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • United Healthcare

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About Benjamin Samstein, MD

Benjamin Samstein, MD is Chief of Liver Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Surgery in the Department of Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine and Professor of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University. Dr. Samstein is the Surgical Director of the Living Donor Liver Transplant Program at NYP. Dr. Samstein is a renowned pioneer in minimally invasive liver surgery and state-of-the-art laparoscopic techniques for liver cancer. Dr. Samstein is a Castle Connolly Top Doctor.

Dr. Samstein heads up the multidisciplinary liver transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery team at NYP/Weill Cornell. His specialties include the most advanced laparoscopic procedures for liver cancer, benign liver tumors and hepatobiliary pancreatic disease. He has been invited to talk about minimally invasive liver surgery throughout the world. He is a member of many surgical societies including a founding member of the International Laparoscopic Liver Society (ILLS), American Society of Transplant Surgery, American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (AHPBA). He is the Chair of the Medical Advisory Board of LiveOnNY and served as the Regional representation to the Liver and Intestine Committee of UNOS from 2014 to 2016. Dr. Samstein is well-published in the field, authoring more than 60 peer-reviewed articles in prestigious medical and surgical journals, books and book chapters.

Other areas of clinical expertise include hepatic adenoma, 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. He was Assistant Professor of Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center from 2006 to 2015. He served as Program Director of the transplant surgery fellowship at Columbia University from 2007 to 2015. He is a reviewer for American Journal of Transplantation, Transplantation, Liver Transplantation, Pediatric Transplantation, Clinical Transplantation among other journals.

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List of Publications by Dr. Samstein


Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children's Hospital
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital


  • Bile Duct Cancer

  • Cholangiocarcinoma

  • Colorectal Metastasis

  • Cystic Disease of Liver

  • Hepatic Adenoma

  • Hepatic Hemangioma

  • Hepato-Biliary Surgery

  • Hepatobiliary Cancer

  • Hepatocellular Carcinoma

  • Laparoscopic

  • Laparoscopic Procedure for Liver Surgery

  • Liver Cancer

  • Liver Disease

  • Liver Resection Surgery

  • Liver Surgery

  • Liver Transplantation

  • Liver Tumor

  • Living Donor Transplantation

  • Minimally Invasive Solid Organ Surgery

  • Polycystic Liver Disease

  • PSC (Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis)

  • Surgical Procedure

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  • 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