Sam D.


Sam grew up in the Boston area and has not been able to escape for long, as he is currently a Harvard Medical School candidate. In between, he went to Cornell and majored in Philosophy and Neurobiology, thereby focusing on topics from the neck up. He wrote his thesis on the molecular biology of cancer and graduated magna cum laude. He also recently served as a fellow for two years in the NIH Department of Bioethics outside Washington, D.C., where he focused on empirical and conceptual questions in ethics and medicine. His research there won the American Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine’s 2017 Dorfman Award for the best original research paper in the field that year.

His tutoring interests focus on college science courses and many of the classes associated with premed, including biochemistry, chemistry, physics, biology, genetics, and organic chemistry. His collegiate teaching experience is in a variety of areas. He was hired by Cornell’s Learning Strategies Center as a University tutor for Organic Chemistry, and served as a student TA for Neurobiology. He has also taught many courses in college-in-prison programs both in New York State and near DC.

When Sam is not reading up on the latest breakthroughs in medical ethics, you can usually find him on the squash court, eating gourd-shaped vegetables, or doing the New York Times crossword puzzle.

Education & Qualifications
  • Harvard Medical School, MD Candidate
  • Cornell University, BA in Philosophy & Neurobiology
  • Fellowship in the Department of Bioethics at the NIH
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Genetics