Dr. Bear is a Professor in the Division of Surgical Oncology, Professor of Surgery and Microbiology and Immunology, and Interim Associate Director for Clinical Research of Massey Cancer Center at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Bear graduated from Yale University cum laude, earned both his M.D. and Ph.D. at Virginia Commonwealth University, completed his surgical residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and returned to VCU as a fellow in surgical oncology. He has now been on the faculty at VCU for 37 years.

Dr. Bear’s clinical interests include breast cancer and other breast diseases, melanoma, sarcoma, and gastrointestinal cancers. His research interests include basic tumor immunology and T cell biology, pre-clinical and clinical studies of immunotherapy, translational clinical research trials, and breast cancer treatment trials. Dr. Bear has authored more than 190 articles and book chapters. His work has been published in several prestigious journals, including New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Journal of Surgical Oncology, and Annals of Surgical Oncology. He has been on the Board of Directors of the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP) for more than twenty years and has been Study Chair for two of this group’s international breast cancer trials. He is Deputy Chair for Communications and Publications for the NRG Oncology Cooperative Group, and also serves on that Board of Directors.

Dr. Bear has also received many special honors, including the Sharon H. Kohlenberg Health Care Service Award from the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation in 1995, the Distinguished Investigator Lifetime Achievement Award from the NSABP Foundation, Inc. in 2009 and was named the Outstanding Alumnus for 2009 by the Medical College of Virginia Alumni Association. In July 2014, Dr. Bear was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of the NSABP Foundation.


Clinical Interests

    Breast Cancer
    Gastrointestinal Cancer
    Head and Neck Cancer
    Liver Tumors


Medical School

VCU School of Medicine


Brigham and Women's Hospital


University of Glasgow


Surgical Oncology, VCU Medical Center


Immunology, Virginia Commonwealth University


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First time seeing Dr. Bear, he made me feel very comfortable and explained everything to me with clearly and direct.
February 2024
Excellent visit.
August 2023
I have been going to Dr. Bear for 37 years and have the utmost respect for [...] and confidence in his care. He is absolutely the BEST doctor I've EVER had.
August 2023
All good!
September 2022
I have been seeing Dr. Bear for 10 years + and he has always been my health care 1st. If I didn't trust him I would have found another dr.
April 2022
Dr. Bear may have lost much of his compassion, but he still the best surgical oncologist.
March 2022
Care provider does his best to accurately inform the patient and address patient concern to the best of his ability.
November 2021
Dr. Bear is always wonderful in explaining my care & knowledgeable & friendly. Excellent in every respect!
July 2021
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