University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Alumni Awards Evening

Brian Bear

BMS Medical Science `80 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; M.D. `84 from the Medical bear 120x120College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

 Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical College of Wisconsin

For over 20 years, Brian has provided exceptional care and treatment to women and their families.  The key word though, is “care.” In an age where doctors’ appointments can feel like an assembly line process to the patient, Brian’s style and approach remains personalized, thoughtful and unhurried.  His patients speak highly of his knowledge and skill as well as his ability to explain medical conditions in clear language, explore options collaboratively with the patient, and work as a true “family partner.”

He has earned well-deserved respect from his peers in the medical profession.  He was named a “Top Doc” by Milwaukee Magazine in 1996, 2000, 2004, and 2008, an honor bestowed by fellow physicians.  In 1999, his reputation went national when he was named one of America’s Top Docs in Ob/Gyn.

Brian distinguishes himself further through his work outside of his practice to benefit women’s health and has influenced and comforted untold numbers of community members through his educational presentations and volunteer work with groups such as ABCD (After Breast Cancer Diagnosis). 

For the past five years, Brian has dedicated a significant amount of time and energy to Global Medical Brigade trips to Honduras.  This program develops sustainable health initiatives and provides medical services in areas of the world with limited access to healthcare.  Each year, Brian, along with student volunteers and other healthcare professionals, travel to Honduras to set up and operate mobile medical clinics that treat thousands of patients and provide workshops on health issues for the community.  Brian goes beyond his medical duties there to take the time to mentor the student volunteers, many of whom aspire to become doctors, and to serve as a leader to the entire group. 

Dr. Toby Peters, Associate Senior Vice President at Marquette University, wrote in his letter of recommendation, “My association with Dr. Bear began when he and his wife Laurel joined me on a mission trip to the rural villages of Honduras in January 2005...

Dr. Bear has been instrumental in the success of our brigades…He has served as a valuable medical advisor for the preparation of our trips but most importantly he has served the people of Honduras with great care and compassion…The trip we experienced this past May is indicative of his commitment and character.  We had four 16 hour days in a row.  We would rise at 6 a.m. have breakfast, pack our medicine, travel through rough terrain for two plus hours, treat between six-hundred to one-thousand people, travel back, gather as a group, have dinner, and then pack for the next day.  I do not recall an occasion, that Brian was not fully engaged with the group in the preparation and execution of our brigades.  Again, he did so with great care, compassion and humility….Brian Bear is a great doctor, humanitarian, mentor and friend.”