ZARAH IQBAL, MD, MPH – State Government Affairs (SGA) Representative

Zarah Iqbal, MD is a 2nd year resident at UCSF in the PLUS (Pediatric Leaders Advancing Health Equity) program. She completed medical school at Stanford in 2017 and a Masters in Public Health focused in health policy in 2016 from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she was part of the Zuckerman fellowship. During her MPH, she worked with Massachusetts state representative Christine Barber to provide policy recommendations for how to eliminate barriers for foster children in accessing behavioral health services. Her coursework focused around health and social policy for children in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

Her involvement in the AAP began as a medical student, when she served as District IX medical student representative to the Section on Pediatric Trainees.  She has served on the AAP delegation to the American Medical Association since 2017, where she has advocated for policies for commercially sexually exploited children, detained immigrant children, Medicaid funding, and social determinants of health. She has also advocated for child health issues at the California Medical Association (CMA), where she has served on the CMA Council on Legislation, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees. Outside of clinical and advocacy work, she enjoys cooking and hiking.


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