Physician | Public Speaker | Author | Community Advocate


"I realize I stand on the shoulders of giants. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. so eloquently said, 'The day you see the truth and cease to speak is the day you begin to die.' I see the truth and I am eager to speak to make a difference."

-Dr. Vivian J. Bea, MD, MBS


Dr. Vivian Jolley Bea, a gifted surgeon and Board Certified General Surgeon recently completed training in Breast Surgical Oncology at the prestigious M.D Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX.  Her passion, hard work and dedication to saving lives and improving the quality of life of all of her patients has made her a rising star in the medical field.

Dr. Bea came from a humble background.  She was born and raised in the inner city of Washington, D.C as the middle of seven children.  As a child, she quickly realized music and academics were her way out of the inner city, so she worked endless hours to excel.  Dedicated to her craft, Dr. Bea was subsequently awarded a full music and academic scholarship to attend the University of Miami where she majored in Music Performance (Classical Flute) and Biology (Pre-Medicine) with a minor in African American Studies minor.  Graduating Cum Laude and serving as the University of Miami commencement speaker, Dr. Bea went on to complete her Masters in Biological Science at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.  Committed to serving underserved populations, Dr. Bea chose to attend Morehouse School of Medicine whose mission was to serve the underserved.  There she was met with multiple awards and recognitions for her dedication to eliminating healthcare disparities.  After her matriculation from Morehouse, Dr. Bea continued on at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) General Surgery Residency training program.  While in Charleston, Dr. Bea continued her work in addressing breast cancer disparities through research and health initiatives, presenting her research at major meetings across the world.  Currently, Dr. Bea has joined ranks as the newest Breast Surgical Oncologist at the esteemed MD Anderson Cooper in Camden, New Jersey.

Dr. Bea remains passionate about her community and is the co-founder of G.L.O.S.S. (Girls Loving OurSelves Successfully), a program focused on mentoring middle and high school girls.  Dr. Bea is a proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. and the recipient of a host of awards and accolades for her accomplishments, and commitment to her patients and the community.  Dr. Bea is also garnering recognition in the press as well. She has been featured on the Washington Informer website, The Black News website, as well as the Catalyst Newspaper to name a few.

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

— Eleanor Roosevelt

Honors, awards & Memberships

  • 2016 | Inducted Member, Arnold P. Gold Humanism Honor Society
  • 2016 | Recipient of the RAS, ACS Leadership and Advocacy Summit Travel Grant, Washington, DC
  • 2016 | Recipient of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism And Excellence in Teaching Award, MUSC
  • 2016 | Recipient of the SNMA “Lift As You Climb” Diversity Mentorship Award, MUSC
  • 2016 | Inducted Member, Arnold P. Gold Humanism Honor Society
  • 2014 | Recipient of the AACR Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Award San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, San Antonio TX
  • 2014 | Recipient of the ASCO Conquer Cancer Foundation URM RT Award Chicago, IL
  • 2014 | Recipient of NMA NIH NIDDK Resident Award, Honolulu, HI   
  • 2012 | Recipient of The Junior Resident of the Year Award, MUSC
  • 2012 | Recipient of “Resident Teacher of the Month (January),” MUSC
  • 2008 | Recipient of Pfizer Minority Medical School Scholarship, MSM
  • 2007-2010 | Recipient of Lincoln Community Foundation Scholarship, MSM
  • 2007-2009 | Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. National Education Fund Scholarship, MSM
  • 2007 | MetLife Awards Program for Academic Medicine, MSM
  • 2007 | National Medical Fellowship Need-Based Scholarship, MSM

  • 2005 | Summer Intern, NIH/NHLBI, Pulmonary & Critical Care, Drexel U.
  • 2004 | Undergraduate “Student Commencement Speaker 2004,” U. Miami
  • 2004 | Edward T. Foote II Award for Excellence, U. Miami
  • 2004 | Who’s Who Among University Students, U. Miami
  • 2004 | United Black Students Mentor of the Year Award, U. Miami
  • 2004 | NPHC Apple Polishing Achievement, U. Miami
  • 2003 | Residential Housing Academic Achievement Award, U. Miami
  • 2002 | Minority Medical Education Program (MMEP) graduate, U. Miami
  • 2001 | Residential Housing Academic Achievement Award, U. Miami
  • 2000-2004 | Bertha Foster Full Tuition Scholarship for Musical & Academic Performance, U. Miami
  • 2000 | Omicron Delta Kappa National Honor Society, U. Miami
  • 2000 | Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, U. Miami
  • 2000 | Rho Lambda National Women’s Honor Society, U. Miami
  • 2000 | Order of Omega National Greek Honor Society, U. Miami
  • 2000 | National Society for Collegiate Scholars, U. Miami
  • 2010-2017 | Resident Member, American College of Surgeons (ACS)
  • 2013-2017 | Member, Artemis Medical Society (AMS)
  • 2010-2017 | Resident Member, National Medical Association (NMA)