Sam Savitz is a third year doctoral student in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. His research interests include medical decision-making, health economics, and cost-effectiveness. His dissertation focuses on how patients select among treatment alternatives when there is clinical uncertainty. At UNC, he has been a research assistant for two years on the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study. On ARIC, Sam has researched data concordance between claims and self-reported data and cardiovascular outcomes research. Prior to UNC, Sam was a research analyst at the Lewin Group, a healthcare policy consulting firm. At Lewin, he focused on government contracts to evaluate Medicare Advantage plans in terms of quality of care and network adequacy. Sam is a native North Carolinian and he earned his BA in Public Policy from Duke University. Aside from research, he enjoys biking, swimming, and hiking.