An NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center

Joseph Alvarnas, M.D.

Hematologist - Oncologist
Clinical Expertise
  • Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplantation
Vice President of Government Affairs and Senior Medical Director for Employer Strategy; Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Hematology & Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation
Other Languages Spoken
  • Spanish
  • Portugese
  • Italian

Clinical Teams

  • Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplantation
  • Leukemia

I became a doctor because I believed that the greatest role that I could serve was in caring for others when they are sick and in need.”

Joseph Alvarnas, M.D., earns praise from his patients for his bedside manner, even as he speaks out on “big picture” issues like healthy living and preventive care as key weapons against cancer.

At City of Hope since 2008, Dr. Alvarnas serves as vice president of Government Affairs and senior medical director for Employer Strategy. Previously, he served as director of value based analytics and director of clinical quality for the Alpha Clinic for Cell Therapy and Innovation. He earned his medical degree at University of California, San Francisco, and did fellowships in hematology and bone marrow transplantation at Stanford University Medical Center.

An articulate spokesman on topics ranging from hematology to health policy, Dr. Alvarnas is also editor-in-chief of the publication, Evidence-Based Oncology and the Chair of the American Society of Hematology Committee on Practice.


City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, 1500 East Duarte Road

Duarte, CA 91010

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