Dr. Brian Bear, MD

Dr. Brian Bear, MD

Orthopedic Hand Surgery  ·  
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Age 53
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Dr. Brian Bear, MD is an orthopedic hand surgery specialist in Rockford, IL and has been practicing for 21 years. He graduated from Northwestern University The Feinberg School Of Medicine in 1991 and specializes in orthopedic hand surgery and orthopedic surgery.Read his story

324 Roxbury Rd

Rockford, IL 61107

Contact Information

(815) 398-9491

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • CorVel
  • Coventry Health Care
  • ECOH
  • First Choice Health
  • HFN
  • Humana
  • 2 More

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Bear performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Shoulder Disorders
very high
more than 98% of peers
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
very high
more than 95% of peers
Elbow Injuries
very high
more than 94% of peers

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Dr. Bear's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Bear "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 Betta 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 DoctorR, and the Best DoctorsR 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 DoctorR 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."
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2  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Hand Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

2  Board Certifications

  • Hand Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*
  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

42  Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Broken Neck
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
  • Limb Pain
  • Lupus
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Rib Fracture
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spondylitis
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Trigger Finger
  • Wrist Fracture
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25  Procedures

  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Elbow Tenotomy
  • Excision of Radius or Ulna
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
  • Partial Shoulder Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Wrist Fusion
  • Wrist Replacement

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Illinois.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • Northwestern
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1987
  • Northwestern University The Feinberg School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1991
  • Cottage Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1992
  • Hospital For Special Surgery
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1996
  • Mayo Clinic Rochester
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1997

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Bear has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Bear's Reviews

4.9
Likelihood of recommending Dr. Bear to family and friends
136 total reviews (25 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (136)

  • 5
    (133)
  • 4
    (1)
  • 3
    (0)
  • 2
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  • 1
    (2)

Dr. Bear's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well

    EXCELLENT
  • Answers questions

    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent

    EXCELLENT

Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment

    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness

    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (25)

Excellent results after surgery. Very happy with Dr. Bear.
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I had a broken metacarpal bone/hand. After seeing the idiot at CGH ER i heard that dr. Bear was the "one to see". When i went to see dr Bear, he spent all of 5 minutes and seemed distracted. He ordered an MRI and the second visit was equally lackluster and when i reminded him of the MRI, he called...more
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Dr. Bear and his staff did an excellent job with my broken finger. After being casted for 8 weeks we pulled the pins and after six weeks of physical therapy of which we only worked the broken finger for four weeks. I have full use of the hand with the hand getting stronger each day. I would...more
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Dr.Bear did a nerve release on my elbow. I woke up and had no pain. I was dressed and ready to go home a half hour after surgery. I woke up the next day still no pain and had the feeling back in my hand. Couldn't say anything more about Dr.Bear except he is terrific! Office visits were on time and...more
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Dr and staff were amazing! Always polite and professional and very informative. Recovery from his surgeries was fast and easy in spite of my injuries. Great experience!
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