District Of Columbia Information

Contact Information

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

Media Contacts

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

Dr. Zarr is a board-certified pediatrician at the Unity Health Care, Inc in Washington, DC, where he cares for a low-income and immigrant population in a setting with few resources. Dr. Zarr graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He 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 of Public Health degree, specializing in International Health, from the University of Texas School of Public Health.

Dr. Zarr is fluent and literate in Spanish and has worked in the US and abroad with Spanish-speaking populations. Dr. Zarr holds adjunct professorships at Children’s National Medical Center, George Washington University, and Georgetown University. He is also co-chair of the DC PNHPChapter.

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 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.