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About

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

    Sarcomas
    Melanomas
    Breast Cancer
    Gastrointestinal Cancer
    Head and Neck Cancer
    Liver Tumors

Education

Medical School

VCU School of Medicine

Residency

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Residency

University of Glasgow

Fellowship

Surgical Oncology, VCU Medical Center

PhD

Immunology, Virginia Commonwealth University

Locations

VCU Medical Center North Hospital

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1300 E. Marshall Street
Richmond, VA 23219

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Stony Point 9000

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9000 Stony Point Parkway
Richmond, VA 23235

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William & Mary

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332 N. Henry St.
Williamsburg, VA 23185

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Ratings & Reviews

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Dr. Bear is always wonderful in explaining my care & knowledgeable & friendly. Excellent in every respect!
July 2021
I am 23 years out from bi-lateral mastectomies performed by Dr. Bear - this was an annual check up. Dr. Bear is an extremely talented surgical oncologist. Always takes time for questions and provides up-to-date information on breast cancer. I have referred other patients to him - Constantly tell him that he can never retire.
March 2021
Excellent experience.
August 2020
I have been Dr. Bear's patient since 1995. He is a superior physician. I am fortunate to be his patient & have referred friends to him over the years. He is a gift to VCU Health and his patients.
March 2020
I had an almost immediate comfortable and trusting rapport with Dr. Bear. He thoroughly explained my situation and how he wanted to resolve. I will highly recommend him to anyone who may need his service and care.
July 2019
Dr. Bear is EXCELLENT! Explains everything so clearly & with patience. Plus he is SO nice.
May 2019
Dr. H. Bear is excellent in what he does. I had no complications after my surgery. Thanks a lot! [...]
April 2019
Dr. Bear explained my condition and gave me time to ask any questions. I had I never felt like he was in a rush to leave the room. I was recommended to Dr. Bear from a friend and I will recommend him to others.
March 2019
Good experience considering my circumstances.
March 2019
I have been Dr. Bear's patient since 1995. I have always received excellent care and have recommended him several times. This was a routine annual check from a 1997 surgery. Dr. Bear is an outstanding surgeon and caring physician.
November 2018
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