Peter J. Dunbar, M.B., Ch.B., MBA
Dr. Dunbar retired from his anesthesia practice after a 33 year career, 25 of which were spent teaching and practicing at Harborview Medical Center. He completed his Anesthesiology residency at Medical University of South Carolina after completing his medical training in his native Scotland. He worked in private practice until he joined faculty at University of Washington (UW) where he completed a Pain Fellowship. Dr. Dunbar is an Emeritus Associate Professor at the UW School of Medicine and was an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Health Services at the UW School of Public Health. Following his MBA in 2003 his interests centered on the business and had led him to be involved in state and national health policy issues. His commitment to optimizing health system performance has led him to be actively involved in healthcare policy at the state and national levels, where he works from both sides of the aisle to achieve health reform. He has volunteered or been elected to health care quality committees since the 80s initially locally and now at a national level. Dr. Dunbar has been a part of many professional associations in key leadership positions such as president and longtime board member of the Washington State Medical Association now is a director at the American Society of Anesthesiologists.
He has had an active interest in the politics of health care serving on the board of trustees of the Washington State Medical Association for 20 years and was president in 2006. His active engagement in lobbying for patients and health care funding has given him a wide variety of contacts on both sides of the aisle in Olympia and Washington DC.