Board of Directors and Staff

PNHP Officers:

Robert L. Zarr, MD, MPH, FAAP
Pediatrics, Washington, D.C.

Dr. Robert Zarr is a board-certified pediatrician at Unity Health Care in Washington, DC, where he cares for a low-income and immigrant population. He is president of Physicians for a National Health Program.

Dr. Zarr is a past president of the DC Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and he holds adjunct professorships at Children’s National Medical Center, George Washington University and Georgetown University. He also co-directs the Washington, DC chapter of PNHP. He is “physician champion” of DC Park Rx, a community health initiative to prescribe nature to patients and families and encourage time in one of 350 parks and green spaces in Washington, DC.

Dr. Zarr is fluent and literate in Spanish and has worked in the U.S. and abroad with Spanish-speaking populations. He is active in Washington, DC, in a variety of quality improvement initiatives including asthma management, injury prevention, literacy promotion, breastfeeding awareness, youth advocacy, tuberculosis prevention, and compliance with early and periodic screening, diagnostic and treatment standards.

Dr. Zarr received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and completed his pediatric residency at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. He also has a master’s degree in public health, specializing in international health, from the University of Texas School of Public Health.

Treasurer, National Coordinator
Claudia M. Fegan, MD, CHCQM, FACP
Internal medicine, Chicago

Dr. Claudia Fegan is national coordinator of Physicians for a National Health Program. In her current and past leadership roles in PNHP she has appeared on national television and radio programs on behalf of the organization, and has testified before congressional committees on a wide range of health care issues. She has lectured extensively to both medical and community audiences on health care reform in the U.S. and Canada, and is a co-author of the book “Universal Healthcare: What the United States Can Learn from Canada" and a contributor to "10 Excellent Reasons for National Health Care.”

Dr. Fegan is executive medical officer for the Cook County Health and Hospital System and chief medical officer at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County. She is also president of the Chicago-based Health and Medicine Policy Research Group. In 2016, Modern Healthcare named Dr. Fegan one of "10 Minority Executives to Watch," noting her achievements in the medical profession and her single-payer activism.

Dr. Fegan received her undergraduate degree from Fisk University and her medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. She is also certified in health care quality and management and is a diplomate of the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians.

Gordon Schiff, MD
Internal medicine, Boston

Dr. Gordy Schiff is associate director of the Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is a founding member and past president of Physicians for a National Health Program, and he is author of PNHP’s JAMA paper on quality health care reform. He was previously professor of medicine at Rush University and a senior attending physician at Cook County Hospital, where he worked for more than 30 years as director of clinical quality research and improvement for the Department of Medicine.

Dr. Schiff is currently the clinical and research director of a 3-year AHRQ-funded Massachusetts statewide malpractice and patient safety improvement initiative. He is a member of the editorial boards of Medical Care and the Journal of Public Health Policy, and author of numerous articles on patient safety, diagnosis error, and medication quality improvement. He is past chair of the medical care section of the American Public Health Association (APHA), recipient of the 2005 Institute of Medicine Chicago (IOMC) Patient Safety Leader of the Year award, and the Institute for Safe Medical Practices (ISMP) 2006 Lifetime Achievement award. In 2006 he was selected by Modern Healthcare as one of the “30 People for the Future”—national leaders most “likely to continue to shape health care in the years and decades ahead,” and the 2010 Rx for Excellence in Quality Award from the Massachusetts Medical Law Report.

Immediate Past President
Andrew D. Coates, MD, FACP
Internal Medicine, Albany, N.Y.

Dr. Andy Coates is immediate past president of Physicians for a National Health Program. Dr. Coates is chief of hospital medicine at Samaritan Hospital in Troy, New York, and an assistant professor of medicine and psychiatry at Albany Medical College. Board certified in internal medicine as well as hospice and palliative care medicine, Dr. Coates graduated from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. Coates is a co-founder of the Capital District chapter of PNHP and founder of Single Payer New York. He previously served on the statewide executive board of the Public Employees Federation, AFL-CIO. He provides commentary on WAMC Northeast Public Radio.

Pippa C. Abston, MD, PhD, FAAP
Philip Caper, MD, MS
Olveen Carrasquillo, MD, MPH
Paul Hochfeld, MD
Emily Kirchner, M4
Danny McCormick, MD, MPH
Mary E. O’Brien, MD
Carol A. Paris, MD
Janine Petito, M4
Anand Saha, M3
Ann Settgast, MD, DTM&H
Bryant Shuey, M3
Diljeet K. Singh, MD, DrPH
Paul Y. Song, MD
Vanessa Van Doren, M3
Steffie Woolhandler, MD, MPH, FACP
Robert L. Zarr, MD, MPH, FAAP

Past Presidents:
Garrett Adams, MD, MPH, FAAP
Carolyn Clancy, MD, MACP (temporarily resigned)
Andrew D. Coates, MD, FACP
Claudia Fegan, MD, FACP
Oliver Fein, MD
John Geyman, MD
Robert LeBow, MD (deceased)
Ana Malinow, MD, MS
Don McCanne, MD
Glenn Pearson, MD
Deb Richter, MD
Cecile Rose, MD, MPH
Jonathon Ross, MD, MPH
Jeffrey Scavron, MD
Gordon Schiff, MD
Susan Steigerwalt, MD, FACP
Isaac Taylor, MD (deceased)
Quentin Young, MD, MACP (deceased)

Board Advisers:
Henry L. Abrons, MD, MPH
Danielle Alexander, MD, MSc (board member-elect)
John D. Bower, MD
Richard Bruno, MD, MPH (board member-elect)
Harvey Fernbach, MD, MPH
Margaret Flowers, MD
Adam Gaffney, MD (board member-elect)
Scott Goldberg, MD (board member-elect)
C. Bree Johnston, MD, MPH
Stephen B. Kemble, MD
David McLanahan, MD
Karen Palmer, MPH, MS
Susan Rogers, MD (board member-elect)
Jessica Schorr Saxe, MD (board member-elect)
Greg M. Silver, MD
Robert C. Stone, MD
Arthur J. Sutherland III, MD
Kay Tillow
Walter Tsou, MD, MPH
Philip Verhoef, MD, PhD

National Office Staff:
Matthew Petty - Executive Director
Mark Almberg - Communications Director
Angela Fegan - Membership Associate and Graphic Designer
Dixon Galvez-Searle - Communications Specialist
Ida Hellander, MD - Director of Policy and Programs
Emily Henkels - National Organizer

Chapter Leaders:
For a list of chapters with contact information, please refer to our state page.

Newsletter Editors:
Mark Almberg
Ida Hellander, MD
David Himmelstein, MD
Steffie Woolhandler, MD, MPH