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Robert P. Dunbar, Jr., M.D.

Associate Professor

College
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, A.B. 1985
Medical School
Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington DC, MD 1993
Internship
Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, New York, NY 1993-4
Residency
Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY 1995-98
Fellowship
Advanced Clinical Experience in Orthopedic Traumatology, Harborview Medical Center 2002-3
Board Certification
Board Certified, ABOS 2000
About

Growing up, my mom was a nurse at our local community hospital and my dad was a state college professor. From them, I learned at an early age the value of commitment to one's community and of service to others. After college, I served for two years as Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa. My experience there influenced my decision to pursue a career in medicine. I later served seven years on active duty in the US Navy, both overseas and in Virginia, most recently caring for some of the active duty personnel returning from Afghanistan and Iraq.

I strongly believe in Harborview's mission to our community. I am proud to work at a facility that promotes excellence in care to all comers. Furthermore, I believe that one of the biggest issues today is people's feeling of disenfranchisement. Through open communication patients become involved in their care and recovery.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Dunbar's clinical interests include traumatic fractures of the leg and knee, including those near the joints; tibial plateau fractures and tibial pilon fractures.

Personal Interests

Dr. Dunbar enjoys Seahawks football, cooking and music.

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Surgeries and Diagnosis

Common Surgeries Performed:

  • Plating and intramedullary nailing of long bone fractures
  • Open reduction and internal fixation of periarticular fractures
  • Treatment of nonunions and malunions

Common Diagnoses Treated:

  • Periarticular fractures
  • Long bone fractures
  • Fractures of the ankle
  • Tibial plateau fractures
  • Tibial Pilon fractures
  • Salvage after failure of fracture fixation
  • Nonunions and malunions
Publications
Scientific Publications: (PubMed Listing)
Articles and abstracts: Dubois BD, Montgomery W, Dunbar RP, Chapman, JR. Ipsilateral Hip and Knee Dislocation. J    Orthop Trauma. 2006;20:216-219
  Dunbar RP, Nork SE, Barei DP, Mills WJ.  Provisional Plating of Open Tibial Fractures Prior to Intramedullary Nailing. J Orthop Trauma, 2005;19(6):412-4.
  Ruland RT, Dunbar RP, Bowen JD.  The Biceps Squeeze Test for the Diagnosis of Distal Biceps Tendon Ruptures. Clin Orthop, 2005;437:128-313.
  Dunbar RP, Ries AM.  Puerperal Diastasis of the Symphysis Pubis. J Reprod Med. 2001;47(7):581-3.
  Dunbar RP, Alexiades MM.  Decision Making In Rheumatoid Arthritis: Determining Surgical Priorities. Rheum Dis Clin N Am. 1998;24(1):35-54.
Research
  • Outcomes after lower extremity orthopaedic trauma
  • Fractures and dislocations about the knee
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