District Of Columbia Information

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Washington, D.C. Chapter Chair: Dr. Robert Zarr

Media Contacts

Robert Zarr, M.D.
(202) 550-1740

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 and George Washington 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.

Harvey Fernbach, M.D.
(301) 345-1919

Dr. Fernbach is a board certified Psychiatrist. He recieved his training at Yale University, and the State University of New York. He was a Clinical Associate at the National Institute of Mental Health and serves on the Board of Directors of the Washington Psychiatric Society.

David Rabin, M.D.
(202) 687-1608

David Rabin is a Research Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Georgetown University. He also directs the Division of Community Health Care Studies activities in Community Medicine and Public Health Research, including studies on long-term care, etiology of chronic diseases, prevention of HIV and sexually transmitted diseases. In addition, he has been prominently involved in the development of a multi-disciplinary Global Health Education Program at GU. He received his education at Washington University and at Harvard.

E. James Lieberman, MD
(301) 983-1237

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, George Washington University School of Medicine, retired from private practice in Washington, DC, 2006. Commander (Ret.) USPHS; served 7 years at NIMH; last postion: Chief. Center for Child and Family Mental Health. Former Board Member, National Council on Family Relations. Distinguished Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association. Fellow, American Public Health Association. Active in patients’ rights issues in family planning, sex education, and end-of-life care. Editor, Mental Health: The Public Health Challenge (APHA); co-author Like It Is: A Teen Sex Guide.

Local Unions Endorsing HR676

  • Coalition of Labor Union Women, Washington, DC
  • Coalition of Black Trade Unionists
  • National Education Association (NEA), July 2006
  • National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), International Union, Washington, DC
  • Committee of Presidents, National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), Washington, DC


Washington, D.C. News

Posted on Tuesday, February 2, 2016

By Robert Zarr, M.D. | The Washington Post
Single-payer expanded and improved Medicare for all would provide universality, affordability and cost containment. Single-payer would allow doctors to focus on their patients’ health needs, rather than on patients’ ability to pay. What Americans want is choice of doctor, not choice of health insurance. Americans want comprehensive, lifelong insurance that assures them they will get the care they deserve.

Posted on Monday, January 29, 2007

By Mark Gruenberg | PAI Staff Writer | 1/29/2007
The advocates, led by Deborah Burger, President of the California Nurses Association, and Dr. Oliver Fein of the Physicians for a National Health Plan, contend a government-run single-payer plan would cut costs, eliminate the health insurance companies and their paperwork, denial of coverage and high overhead, and cover everyone, including the uninsured and underinsured. Bush wouldn’t do that, they added.