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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
Rob.Foster@ucsf.edu
  • 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 50
  1. 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
  2. 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 1; 92(3):634-41. View in PubMed
  3. Wang F, Alvarado M, Ewing C, Esserman L, Foster R, Sbitany H. The impact of breast mass on outcomes of total skin-sparing mastectomy and immediate tissue expander-based breast reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Mar; 135(3):672-9. View in PubMed
  4. Wang ED, Conkling N, Xu X, Chern H, Finlayson E, Varma MG, Hansen SL, Foster RD, Hoffman WY, Sbitany H. Perineal Flap Reconstruction following Oncologic Anorectal Extirpation: An Outcomes Assessment. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Jan; 135(1):176e-84e. View in PubMed
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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 Oct; 21(10):3223-30. View in PubMed
  8. 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 mammaplasty: assessing the safety profile. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Jul; 134(1):1-9. View in PubMed
  9. 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-Jun; 20(3):302-7. View in PubMed
  10. 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:S48-52. View in PubMed
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