Samuel Takvorian, MD is a Chief Fellow in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed his Internal Medicine residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. His interest in health care policy dates back to an AmeriCorps year, leading health advocacy efforts in a community health center during the rollout of Massachusetts health reform. Later work at Harvard Business School and the Alliance for Health Reform in Washington, DC inspired him towards a career in health services research. He remains committed to researching questions pertaining to the value of cancer care, encompassing rigorous measurement of both traditional and patient reported outcomes, as well as the costs of care; and to improving the implementation of research findings and innovations into routine practice. His clinical interests are in the areas of genitourinary oncology and lymphoma. He has received multiple mentorship awards for his commitment to medical education, and was recently awarded the Jane Alavi Award for clinical excellence in the first year of fellowship. He lives with his wife and one-year-old daughter in Society Hill in Philadelphia.