Dr. Vivian Bea awarded National Minority Quality Forums top 40 under 40 in Health Award

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Vivian Jolley Bea, MD, MBS


Breast Surgical Oncologist/Assistant Professor

MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper

Dr. Vivian Jolley Bea, a gifted breast surgeon and Board Certified General Surgeon 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. She then went on to receive her Masters in Biologic Science at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. Committed to serving underserved populations, Dr. Bea attended Morehouse School of Medicine whose mission was to serve the underserved. There she was actively engaged in community endeavors and research and was met with multiple awards and recognitions for her dedication to eliminating healthcare disparities. After her matriculation from Morehouse, Dr. Bea completed General Surgery Residency at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), Charleston, SC. She then was granted the coveted spot of breast surgical oncology fellow at the prestigious MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston Texas.

Dr. Bea is committed to continuing her work in addressing breast cancer disparities through research and health initiatives. She has presented her work on major platforms 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) and B.O.S.S, a program focused on mentoring middle and high school girls and boys. Committed to the community, Dr. Bea is also a children’s book author of the Chocolate Boy Chronicles, aimed at building self-esteem for children of color. She is a public speaker, educator and community activist 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, The DC Youth Orchestra Alumni Spotlight, as well as the Catalyst Newspaper to name a few. She also has served as guest speaker on NPR and other networks, highlighting and educating on the disparities that exist in breast cancer.

Dr. Bea News — "17 Years, Mission Complete!"

About last night...#17years #MissionComplete #MDAndersonFinalDestination! Thankful to all my Anderson Surgical Faculty for planting in me the knowledge and surgical skills needed to go into the world and make a difference. Thank you to my family and friends for all of your love and support, there are no words adequate enough to express my gratitude to you. Instead of words I will show you through action...it has been said, "the day you see the truth and cease to speak is the day you begin to die," I see the truth and have been given the tools to speak and work to make a difference. I am eager to continue my work in fighting breast cancer and breast disparities. Loves and hugs!

Dr. Bea News — "Dr. Bea joining The MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper in Camden, NJ"

So happy to finally announce!!! I will be staying with the MD Anderson family as the newest Breast Surgical Oncologist joining The MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper in Camden, NJ!!! #MDAnderson#GodIsGood #LittleGirlFromDCwithADream #BreastSurgeon #Philly#SouthJersey #equipped and ready to continue the fight against #BreastCancer and #BreastCancerDisparities the beginning of a beautiful journey!

Dr. Bea News - "Musical surgeon beats odds, heads to top cancer center"

As Vivian Jolley Bea, M.D., finishes her surgical residency at the Medical University of South Carolina and learns she is accepted into M.D. Anderson’s breast surgical oncology fellowship, she marvels at how this feat – being accepted into a program at the No. 1 cancer center in the country – came to fruition... Read more