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Robert Foster, M.D.

Professor of Surgery
Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Contact Information

(415) 885-7729 Appointments
(415) 353-9541 Clinical Fax


  • 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

Postdoctoral Training

  • 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

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery, 2000

Clinical Expertise

  • 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 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.



Most recent publications from a total of 52
  1. Sbitany H, Wang F, Peled AW, Lentz R, Alvarado M, Ewing CA, Esserman LJ, Fowble B, Foster RD. Immediate Implant-Based Breast Reconstruction following Total Skin-Sparing Mastectomy: Defining the Risk of Preoperative and Postoperative Radiation Therapy for Surgical Outcomes. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Sep; 134(3):396-404. View in PubMed
  2. Peled AW, Foster RD, Ligh C, Esserman LJ, Fowble B, Sbitany H. Impact of Total Skin-Sparing Mastectomy Incision Type on Reconstructive Complications following Radiation Therapy. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Aug; 134(2):169-75. View in PubMed
  3. Wang F, Peled AW, Garwood E, Fiscalini AS, Sbitany H, Foster RD, Alvarado M, Ewing C, Hwang ES, Esserman LJ. Total Skin-Sparing Mastectomy and Immediate Breast Reconstruction: An Evolution of Technique and Assessment of Outcomes. Ann Surg Oncol. 2014 Jul 23. View in PubMed
  4. Peled AW, Sbitany H, Foster RD, Esserman LJ. Oncoplastic mammoplasty as a strategy for reducing reconstructive complications associated with postmastectomy radiation therapy. Breast J. 2014 May; 20(3):302-7. View in PubMed
  5. Peled AW, Duralde E, Foster RD, Fiscalini AS, Esserman LJ, Hwang ES, Sbitany H. Patient-reported outcomes and satisfaction after total skin-sparing mastectomy and immediate expander-implant reconstruction. Ann Plast Surg. 2014 May; 72 Suppl 1:S76-80. View in PubMed
  6. Sbitany H, Wang F, Saeed L, Alvarado M, Ewing CA, Esserman LJ, Foster RD. Immediate Implant-Based Breast Reconstruction Following Total Skin-Sparing Mastectomy In Women With A History Of Augmentation Mammoplasty: Assessing The Safety Profile. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Mar 11. View in PubMed
  7. Tong RT, Kohi M, Fidelman N, Kuo YC, Foster R, Peled A, Kolli KP, Taylor AG, LaBerge JM, Kerlan RK. Clinical outcomes of percutaneous drainage of breast fluid collections after mastectomy with expander-based breast reconstruction. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2013 Sep; 24(9):1369-74. View in PubMed
  8. Sisk RA, Riemann CD, Petersen MR, Foster RE, Miller DM, Murray TG, Augsburger JJ. Fundus autofluorescence findings of choroidal osteoma. Retina. 2013 Jan; 33(1):97-104. View in PubMed
  9. Peled AW, Foster RD, Esserman LJ, Park CC, Hwang ES, Fowble B. Increasing the time to expander-implant exchange after postmastectomy radiation therapy reduces expander-implant failure. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2012 Sep; 130(3):503-9. View in PubMed
  10. Peled AW, Foster RD, Garwood ER, Moore DH, Ewing CA, Alvarado M, Hwang ES, Esserman LJ. The effects of acellular dermal matrix in expander-implant breast reconstruction after total skin-sparing mastectomy: results of a prospective practice improvement study. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2012 Jun; 129(6):901e-908e. View in PubMed
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