Samuel Takvorian, MD, MS is an Instructor in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. He graduated from Harvard Medical School and completed his Internal Medicine residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. He served as Chief Fellow while training in Hematology and Oncology at University of Pennsylvania, where he also earned a Master of Science in Health Policy Research. His interest in health care policy dates back to an AmeriCorps year, leading health advocacy efforts in a community health center during the implementation 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. He has received multiple mentorship awards for his commitment to medical education, and was awarded the Jane Alavi Award for clinical excellence during fellowship. He maintains a robust clinical practice in genitourinary oncology.