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Harry Bear, MD, PhD

out of 5
163 Ratings


Surgical Oncology


VCU Medical Center North Hospital
1300 E. Marshall Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Stony Point 9000
9000 Stony Point Parkway
Richmond, VA 23235




Medical School

VCU School of Medicine


Brigham and Women's Hospital


University of Glasgow


Surgical Oncology, VCU Medical Center


Immunology, Virginia Commonwealth University


Dr. Bear is the Walter Lawrence, Jr. Distinguished Professor in Oncology, Chairman of the Division of Surgical Oncology, Professor of Surgery and Microbiology and Immunology, and Medical Director of Massey Cancer Center’s Breast Health Center at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is also the Medical Director of Clinical Research Operations for the Massey Cancer Center. 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 30 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 150 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.

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


VCU Medical Center North Hospital

1300 E. Marshall Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Stony Point 9000

9000 Stony Point Parkway
Richmond, VA 23235

Ratings & Reviews

163 Ratings

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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
Very gentle doctor.
July 2018
The best!
June 2018
Dr. Bear was my 2nd opinion once I received my CANCER diagnosis. His treatment plan, although radical saved my life. 14 years cancer free. He is absolutely the best in his field.
May 2018
Dr. was very knowledgeable/concerned. [...]
March 2018
Dr. Harry Bear is the BEST! I am more comfortable knowing that I am receiving the very best care. This is a scary time in my life.
March 2018
I researched Dr. Bear's credentials before picking him & VCU Health for cancer diagnosis & treatment. Dr. Bear is the best of the best. For that reason, I opted to drive nearly three hours each way, weekly & sometimes twice a week..... for Dr. Bear & the excellent oncology team.
February 2018