Dr. Jacqueline L. Dunbar is a native New Yorker. She was born, raised, and educated in the Bronx, and since 1965 she has been a resident of Westchester County. After graduating from Evander Childs High School, Dr. Dunbar earned a B.S. degree from New York University . She next earned a M.A. degree from Hunter College, and then her M.D . degree from the historic Women’s Medical College of Philadelphia (Medical College of Pennsylvania), now known as the Drexel University College of Medicine.
Following medical school, she did her residency, and certification preparation in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the New York University/ Bellevue Hospital Medical Center. She completed the program with honors. She next went on for postgraduate fellowship training in Gynecological Oncology at the Roswell Park Memorial Institute (New York State Cancer Institute) in Buffalo, New York.
It should be noted that prior to entering the field of medicine, Dr. Dunbar was a teacher of biology and general science in New York City and Westchester County secondary schools. She often admits that she has found good use for her teaching skills throughout her medical career.
In March of 2008, she celebrated her twenty-eighth anniversary in solo private practice, which included the delivery of over 5,000 infants. It was also in 2008 that Dr. Dunbar transitioned from private practice into her present position as the Facility Health Services Director at the Beacon Correctional Facility, Beacon NY. The Beacon facility is the only minimum security facility for women in New York State. The shift into Correctional Medicine has afforded her the vehicle to not only utilize and expand upon her clinical skills and knowledge of primary care and women’s health issues but, to apply her educational and administrative experiences as well. She has been able to use the experiences accumulated over her long and successful career in private practice to delve into the concerns of a completely different patient sector that is in need and responsive to quality medical care.
Dr. Dunbar has served as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York Medical College and affiliated hospitals , and as a member of the medical staffs of the White Plains Hospital Medical Center, White Plains and the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. In the past, she also held the position as the Acting Director of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the former St Agnes Hospital in White Plains. She also served sequential terms as the treasurer and vice president of the St Agnes Hospital Medical Board and Staff.
For almost two decades, in addition to her private practice, Dr . Dunbar served as the gynecologist for Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. Working in a college healthcare setting gave her an additional opportunity to experience firsthand the influence of culture, economics and changing social attitudes of young women, on the delivery of healthcare.
Toward the end of her affiliation with the Mannhattanville College Health Center, Dr. Dunbar starting developing Women Tell Us to Well Us, Women’s Wellness Seminars and Wellness Consultants (WT2W). As an initiative WT2W aims to explore the impact of gender-based biology and global diversity on the health, education and prosperity of women. The seminars have been designed to delve into relevant and timely topics that may be utilized to foster well-being for today’s busy multitasking women and their families. From its onset her presentations have been described as educational, worthwhile and entertaining. When delivered, the multicultural and intergenerational forums continue to be very well received by those who attend. Dr Dunbar has been recognized in her surrounding communities for her work, neighborhood activities, and dedication. She has been honored by the YWCA of White Plains, as a champion for health promotion and the formulation of multicultural competencies for the delivery of healthcare. She was inducted into their Academy of Honorees. She was also honored for her years of exceptional patient care, and her spirited work as a promoter of women’s health and wellness, by Sister to Sister International.
At present, Dr. Dunbar is a member of the Board of Directors of the Westchester Community Foundation. She has also held positions on the Board of Directors of the Visiting Nurse Services of Westchester, Inc. as well as the Community Advisory Board for the Health Services Management Graduate Program at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry. She was a member of the Blue Ribbon Task Force for the Elimination of Healthcare Disparities in Westchester County. She is and/or has been a member of a number of national and local medical and wellness related associations and has been a member of a pharmaceutical sponsored speaker’s bureau.
Jacqueline Dunbar has and continues to be committed to balancing her active personal life with her responsibilities to family, patients, and community. Looking toward the future, professionally Dr. Dunbar hopes to continue to develop, deliver and promote unique and user-friendly wellness educational programs, while pursuing other healthcare and educational related activities.