Dr. Bear has lead the Neonatal Developmental Follow-up program at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin since 1998. She also established the Herma Heart Center Developmental Follow-up program in 2006. This program is the first in the nation to routinely follow the development of infants with complex congenital heart disease who have had surgery in the first year of life.
The programs utilize a team approach when evaluating patients. Team members include nursing, physical, occupational and speech therapy. Her philosophy is to build on the strengths of each patient and support the family as they strive to optimize each child’s development.