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NAVIGATION
PNHP RESOURCES

Board of Directors and Staff

PNHP Officers:

Carol ParisPresident
Carol Paris, MD
Psychiatry, Nashville

Dr. Carol Paris is a recently retired psychiatrist who worked for more than 25 years in private practice, community mental health, prison psychiatry, and academia. In the course of her experience, much of which was in Maryland, she became an outspoken critic of the private-insurance-based U.S. health care system.

In May 2009, she and seven others stood up, one by one, at a U.S. Senate Finance Committee hearing on health care reform chaired by Sen. Max Baucus to ask why there wasn’t a single advocate for single-payer health care on the 41-member panel. In an action that received national media attention, Baucus had all eight peaceful protesters, including Dr. Paris, arrested. (Charges were eventually reduced, requiring only community service.)

Dr. Paris subsequently toured the country as part of the “Mad as Hell Doctors” campaign for single payer, and spent a year as a consultant psychiatrist in New Zealand, where she experienced a single-payer system firsthand. She currently resides in Nashville, Tenn., where her primary interests include strategic activism, recruiting and mentoring medical students and early career physicians for leadership positions within PNHP, and building coalitions to strengthen the single-payer movement’s impact on the national health care debate. Dr. Paris obtained her medical degree from West Virginia University School of Medicine.

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.

Adam GaffneySecretary
Adam Gaffney, MD
Pulmonary and critical care medicine medicine, Boston

Dr. Adam Gaffney is a national board member of Physicians for a National Health Program, chair of the Massachusetts chapter of PNHP, and a co-chair of the Working Group on Single-Payer Program Design, which developed the “Physicians’ Proposal for Single-Payer Health Care Reform,” recently published at the American Journal of Public Health. Dr. Gaffney is a prolific writer and blogger on health policy and also frequently appears on radio.

Dr. Gaffney is a pulmonary specialist at Cambridge Health Alliance / Harvard Medical School. He received his medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine and completed residency training at Columbia University Medical Center. He recently completed a clinical and research fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Immediate Past President
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 the immediate past 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.


Directors:
Danielle Alexander, MD, MSc
Richard Bruno, MD, MPH
Olveen Carrasquillo, MD, MPH
Adam Gaffney, MD
Scott Goldberg, MD
Paul Hochfeld, MD
Emily Kirchner, M4
Danny McCormick, MD, MPH
Mary E. O’Brien, MD
Carol A. Paris, MD
Janine Petito, M4
Susan Rogers, MD
Anand Saha, M3
Jessica Schorr Saxe, MD
Ann Settgast, MD, DTM&H
Bryant Shuey, M3
Paul Y. Song, MD
Vanessa Van Doren, M3
Steffie Woolhandler, MD, MPH, FACP

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)
Robert L. Zarr, MD, MPH

Board Advisers:
Henry L. Abrons, MD, MPH
Nahiris Bahamon, MD
John D. Bower, MD
Harvey Fernbach, MD, MPH
Margaret Flowers, MD
C. Bree Johnston, MD, MPH
Stephen B. Kemble, MD
David McLanahan, MD
Karen Palmer, MPH, MS
Greg M. Silver, MD
Diljeet K. Singh, MD, DrPH
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