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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Education & Training

  • Residency Program, Pediatrics, 2003
    Children's National Medical Center
  • Internship Program, Pediatrics, 2001
    Children's National Medical Center
  • MD, 1999
    George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • BA, 1995
    George Washington University

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics

National Provider ID: 1558334722


Sahira Long, M.D., IBCLC, is a board-certified pediatrician and lactation consultant at Children’s National Health System. Dr. Long is an assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Science. She serves as the medical director for two Children’s Health Centers in medically underserved Southeast Washington, D.C., and for the Children’s National East of the River Lactation Support Center.

Dr. Long has served as president of the DC Breastfeeding Coalition since its inception in 2004, and she is a member of the board of directors for Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere. She has been involved in breastfeeding advocacy on the national, state and local level. Dr. Long participated as a panelist during the U.S. Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding and she is featured as an expert in the Office of Women’s Health It’s Only Natural campaign to improve breastfeeding rates among African-Americans. She also blogs for MomsRising on breastfeeding-related issues.

Dr. Long enjoys gardening, traveling, baking, crocheting and, most of all, spending time with her husband and two sons.

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has a working relationship (i.e. consulting, research, and/or educational services) with the companies listed below. These relations have been reported to the health system leadership and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts.

Outside Interests

  • DC Breastfeeding Coalition. 
  • CareFirst BCBS
  • Delaware Healthy Mother and Infant Consortium 
  • Novartis