Harry D. Bear, MD, PhD, FACS
Disclosures: Consulting Fee-Genomic Health Inc.|Consulting Fee-Merck and Company, Inc.|Ownership Interest-Abbvie|Ownership Interest-Pfizer, Inc.|Contracted Research-Merck and Company, Inc. - 03/04/2021

Dr. Bear is Professor of Surgery and Microbiology and Immunology and a member of the Division of Surgical Oncology at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is also the interim Associate Director for Clinical Research at 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 36 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 nearly 200 articles and book chapters. His work has been published in several prestigious journals, including New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Lancet 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 currently NRG Oncology Deputy Director for Communications and Publications and sit on the NRG Oncology Board of Directors and Executive Committee.  He is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Breast Immuno-oncology task force.


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.