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. 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.
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. He is first author of two recent publications reporting on one of these trials, NSABP B-40, the first published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2012 and the second was just published in Lancet Oncology in August, 2015.
Dr. Bear also serves the Massey Cancer Center in a variety of roles: leader of the Breast Cancer Clinical Research Team; Medical Director of the Clinical Research Office; and Chair of the Protocol Review and Monitoring Committee. He is the local principal investigator for most of Massey’s current breast cancer clinical trials, including a recently completed investigator-initiated trial that was supported by Genomic Health. 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 2015, he was named to the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP) Foundation’s new board of directors.