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 executive medical officer for the Cook County Health and Hospital System and chief medical officer at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County.

A past president of Physicians for a National Health Program, Dr. Fegan has appeared on a number of national television and radio programs on behalf of PNHP, and she has testified before congressional committees and lectured extensively to both medical and community audiences on health care reform in the U.S. and Canada. Dr. Fegan is also president of the Chicago-based Health and Medicine Policy Research Group. She is a co-author of Universal Healthcare: What the United States Can Learn from Canada and a contributor to 10 Excellent Reasons for National Health Care.

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
Josh Faucher
Scott Goldberg
Paul Gorman, MD, FACP, FACMI
Xin Guan
Danny McCormick, MD, MPH
Mary E. O’Brien, MD
Carol A. Paris, MD
Anand Saha
Ann Settgast, MD, DTM&H
Diljeet K. Singh, MD, DrPH
Paul Y. Song, MD
Stephen F. Tarzynski, MD, MPH, FAAP
Vanessa Van Doren
Ed Weisbart, MD, FAAFP
Steffie Woolhandler, MD, MPH, FACP
Robert L. Zarr, MD, MPH, FAAP

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

Board Advisers:
Henry L. Abrons, MD, MPH
John D. Bower, MD
Harvey Fernbach, MD, MPH
Margaret Flowers, MD
Adam Gaffney, MD
C. Bree Johnston, MD, MPH
Stephen B. Kemble, MD
David McLanahan, MD
Rachel Nardin, MD
Karen Palmer, MPH, MS
Susan Rogers, MD
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:
Mark Almberg - Communications Director
Dustin Calliari - Technology and Social Media Associate
Angela Fegan - Membership Associate and Graphic Designer
Ida Hellander, M.D. - Director of Policy and Programs
Emily Henkels - National Organizer
Matthew Petty - Executive Director

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

Newsletter Editors:
Mark Almberg
Ida Hellander, M.D.
David Himmelstein, M.D.
Steffie Woolhandler, M.D., MPH