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Robert Foster, M.D.

Robert Foster, M.D.

Professor of Surgery
Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Chief, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
UCSF Mount Zion (MTZ)

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(415) 885-7729 Appointments
(415) 353-9541 Clinical Fax
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  • 1981-85, Vassar College, B.A. Biology
  • 1986-90, Suny Health Science Center, M.D., Medicine
  • 1981-85, Vassar College, B.A. Biology
  • 1986-90, Suny Health Science Center, M.D., Medicine
  • 1990-91, New York Medical Col., Intern, General Surgery
  • 1991-94, New York Medical Col., Resident General Surgery
  • 1994-95, New York Medical Col., Chief Resident Surgery
  • 1997-99, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, Resident, Plastic Surgery
  • 1997, University of California, San Francisco, Postdoctoral Fellow, Surgery, Plastic
  • 1997, Stanford University-UCSF, Postdoctoral Fellow, Surgery, Plastic
  • 1999, University of California, San Francisco, Postdoctoral Fellow, Surgery, Plastic
  • 2000, University of California, San Francisco, Postdoctoral Fellow, Surgery, Plastic
  • 2003, University of California, San Francisco, Postdoctoral Fellow, Surgery, Plastic
  • 2004, University of California, San Francisco, Postdoctoral Fellow, Surgery, Plastic
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery, 2000
  • Abdominoplasty
  • Body Contouring
  • Body contouring following weight loss surgery
  • Breast augmentation
  • Breast lift
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Breast reduction
  • Liposuction
  • Post bariatric body contouring

Robert D. Foster, M.D., is currently a Professor of Surgery 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 over 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.

Most recent publications from a total of 43
  1. Mukhtar RA, Wong J, Piper M, Zhu Z, Fahrner-Scott K, Mamounas M, Sbitany H, Alvarado M, Foster R, Ewing C, Esserman L. Breast Conservation and Negative Margins in Invasive Lobular Carcinoma: The Impact of Oncoplastic Surgery and Shave Margins in 358 Patients. Ann Surg Oncol. 2018 Jul 27. View in PubMed
  2. Charruyer A, Fong S, Vitcov GG, Sklar S, Tabernik L, Taneja M, Caputo M, Soeung C, Yue L, Uchida Y, Arron ST, Horton KM, Foster RD, Sano S, North JP, Ghadially R. Brief Report: Interleukin-17A-Dependent Asymmetric Stem Cell Divisions Are Increased in Human Psoriasis: A Mechanism Underlying Benign Hyperproliferation. Stem Cells. 2017 08; 35(8):2001-2007. View in PubMed
  3. Piper ML, Evangelista M, Amara D, Daar D, Foster RD, Fowble B, Sbitany H. An Innovative Risk-Reducing Approach to Postmastectomy Radiation Delivery after Autologous Breast Reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2017 Apr; 5(4):e1265. View in PubMed
  4. Toussaint B, Petersen MR, Sisk RA, Riemann CD, Miller DM, Foster RE, Shaikh AH, Khatana AH, Zink J, Greff LJ. LONG-TERM RESULTS OF COMBINED AB INTERNO TRABECULOTOMY (TRABECTOME) AND SMALL-GAUGE PARS PLANA VITRECTOMY. Retina. 2016 Jun; 36(6):1076-80. View in PubMed
  5. Wang F, Peled AW, Chin R, Fowble B, Alvarado M, Ewing C, Esserman L, Foster R, Sbitany H. The Impact of Radiation Therapy, Lymph Node Dissection, and Hormonal Therapy on Outcomes of Tissue Expander-Implant Exchange in Prosthetic Breast Reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Jan; 137(1):1-9. View in PubMed
  6. Sbitany H, Wang F, Peled AW, Alvarado M, Ewing CA, Esserman LJ, Foster RD. Tissue Expander Reconstruction After Total Skin-Sparing Mastectomy: Defining the Effects of Coverage Technique on Nipple/Areola Preservation. Ann Plast Surg. 2016 Jan; 77(1):17-24. View in PubMed
  7. Wang F, Amara D, Peled AW, Sbitany H, Foster RD, Ewing CA, Alvarado M, Esserman LJ. Negative Genetic Testing Does Not Deter Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy in Younger Patients with Greater Family Histories of Breast Cancer. Ann Surg Oncol. 2015 Oct; 22(10):3338-45. View in PubMed
  8. Peled AW, Wang F, Foster RD, Alvarado M, Ewing CA, Sbitany H, Esserman LJ. Expanding the Indications for Total Skin-Sparing Mastectomy: Is It Safe for Patients with Locally Advanced Disease? Ann Surg Oncol. 2016 Jan; 23(1):87-91. View in PubMed
  9. Piper M, Peled AW, Sbitany H, Foster RD, Esserman LJ, Price ER. Comparison of Mammographic Findings Following Oncoplastic Mammoplasty and Lumpectomy Without Reconstruction. Ann Surg Oncol. 2016 Jan; 23(1):65-71. View in PubMed
  10. Fowble B, Park C, Wang F, Peled A, Alvarado M, Ewing C, Esserman L, Foster R, Sbitany H, Hanlon A. Rates of Reconstruction Failure in Patients Undergoing Immediate Reconstruction With Tissue Expanders and/or Implants and Postmastectomy Radiation Therapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2015 Jul 01; 92(3):634-41. View in PubMed
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