Robert D. Foster, M.D., is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery and currently holds the position as Chief, Plastic Surgery Service at Mount Zion Hospital and the UCSF Breast Reconstructive Service. A physician for the past 20 years, Dr. Foster received his plastic surgery training at UCSF, where he has worked since 1997. He is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
As Director of the breast reconstruction service at the Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center, UCSF Cancer Center, Dr. Foster performs more than 300 breast reconstructions each year. His clinical practice includes a broad range of reconstructive and cosmetic surgery.
Dr. Foster's research interests include outcome studies to evaluate and optimize breast reconstruction techniques and developing improved methods to help patients through their decision making process at the time of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. He has also been recognized nationally and internationally for his basic science research in the area of transplantation tolerance and molecular biology, including funding through the NIH. He is the author of more than 75 publications and a guest reviewer for seven scientific journals. He has frequently been invited to lecture both in the United States and abroad. Highly respected by his peers, Dr. Foster was named to the list of U.S. News "Top Doctors," which denotes the top 10% of physicians within a region practicing a given specialty.
In its most recent survey, U.S. News in collaboration with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. listed twenty-five (25) surgeons in the UCSF Department of Surgery, nearly one-third (1/3) of the clinical faculty, on the list of U.S. News "Top Doctors". The list, compiled from the opinion of colleagues, denotes the top 10% of physicians within a region practicing a given specialty. Fifteen of the 25 department surgeons were also named by their peers to the list of America's Top Doctors (ATD), a distinction reserved for the top 1% of physicians in the nation for that specialty. The listings are published online at U.S. News. The group rankings are intended to guide patients in selecting a doctor and physicians in making specialty referrals.