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Harry D. Bear, MD, PhD
Walter Lawrence, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Oncology;
Chair, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery;
Professor, Departments of Surgery, Microbiology & Immunology, VCU School of Medicine; Director, Breast Health Center, VCU Massey Cancer Center; Medical Director, Massey Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office

Harry Bear, MD, PhD
Contact Information:
Box 980011
Richmond, VA 23298-0011

Specialty Areas:
Breast cancer, breast diseases, gastrointestinal cancer, sarcomas, melanomas, cancer research

VCU School of Medicine


Brigham and Women’s Hospital; University of Glasgow

Fellowship, Surgical Oncology:
VCU Medical Center

Ph.D / 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. Research Profile

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.

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VCU Massey Cancer Center
MCV Campus: Dalton
Oncology Clinic

1300 East Marshall Street
North Hospital, Basement Level
Richmond, VA 23219

VCU Massey Cancer Center
at Stony Point Women's Center

9000 Stony Point Parkway, 1st Floor
Richmond, Virginia 23235

Dr. Bear's Research Profile

VCU Health News:
Dr. Bear inaugurated as
President of Richmond Academy
of Medicine








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