Dr. Brian Bear's practice is focused on the shoulder, elbow, hand, microvascular, traumatic, and reconstructive surgery. He is listed as a Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctor and is on the Best DoctorsR list.
I would like to take this opportunity to tell you more about myself and my experience in health care. Originally from Winnetka, Illinois, I attended Northwestern University graduating in 1987, cum laude, president of Mortar Board Senior Honor Society and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. I continued my studies at Northwestern University School of Medicine, receiving my medical degree in 1991 as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. Following my graduation, I pursued advanced orthopedic training at Cornell Hospital for Special Surgery, which is ranked as the top orthopedic hospital in the United States. In addition, I completed a specialized training fellowship program in elbow and hand surgery at the Mayo Clinic. My practice is focused on shoulder, elbow, hand, microvascular, traumatic, and reconstructive surgery. It is my mission to provide you compassionate care with expertise comparable to any major university center. I am humbled by my inclusion in two prestigious quality health care listings: as a Castle Connolly Regional Top Doctor, and the Best Doctors list. Earning a place on either list is a result of being nominated by other physicians and a thorough review by the listing organization into my background, professional achievements, patient satisfaction, and positive treatment record. Inclusion on the Best Doctor list is a direct result of other doctors selecting me as the person they would choose to treat themselves or a family member. These are honors I take very seriously and I am committed to maintaining the high standards they represent with all my patients. I am actively involved in continuing education, have given numerous lectures, and published many orthopedic articles. As Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, I have been awarded the Golden Apple teaching award and the Excellence in Teaching award. I am a reviewer for the acclaimed Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery and currently serve as a faculty member at the Orthopedic Learning Center, where I teach other surgeons the latest techniques of hand, elbow and shoulder surgery. I hold Associate and Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery positions respectively at University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford and Rush University Medical Center in Chicago where I help train medical students, family practice residents, and orthopedic surgery residents. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to further improve your experience at OrthoIllinois. My goal is to provide the best medical care available to help you return to an active and pain-free lifestyle. Sincerely, Brian Bear, M.D. Conditions and Treatments Basil Joint Arthritis Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Circulation Problems Congential Hand Conditions Cubital Tunnel De Quevair's Tenosynovitis Distal Radius Fracture Dupuytren's Contracture Elbow Fracture Flexor Tendonitis Fractures Frozen Shoulder Ganglion Cysts Golf Elbow/Medial Epicondylitis Hand or Arm Pain Joint Replacements Lacerations, including Tendons and Nerves Mallet Finger Nerve Problems in the Upper Extremity Numbness and Tingling Osteoarthritis of the and Osteochondritis dissecans of the elbow Reverse Shoulder Replacement Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Hand Shoulder Arthritis Shoulder Arthroplasty Shoulder Bursitis Shoulder Instability Shoulder Labral Tears Sprains and Strains Tendon and Ligament Injuries Tennis Elbow/Lateral Epicondylitis Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC) Injuries Trigger Finger Trigger Thumb Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) Injury Training Bachelor’s Degree, Northwestern University Medical Degree, Northwestern University Residency, Cornell Hospital for Special Surgery Fellowship, Shoulder, Elbow, Hand, and Microvascular Surgery Fellowship, Mayo Clinic Memberships Board-certified: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Clinical Associate Professor: University of Illinois School of Medicine, Rockford Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery: Rush University Medical Center Review editor: The Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery Member: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Member: American Society for Surgery of the Hand Member: Illinois Assoc. of Orthopaedic Surgeons Member: Mid-America Orthopaedic Association Member: Chicago Hand Society Member: Winnebago County Medical Society Hospital Affiliations Ortho Illinois Surgery Center OSF St. Anthony Medical Center Rockford Ambulatory Surgery Center SwedishAmerican Hospital Mercy Rockford Hospital Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital