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Robert D. Foster, M.D.

Plastic surgeon

Dr. Robert D. Foster is chief of Plastic Surgery and director of the Breast Reconstruction Service at the Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center at Mount Zion. He performs more than 300 breast reconstructions a year as well as a broad range of reconstructive and cosmetic surgery.

Foster earned a medical degree at State University of New York Health Science Center. He completed a general surgery residency at New York Medical College in Valhalla, N.Y., and a plastic surgery residency 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. His research includes studies to evaluate breast reconstruction techniques and develop methods to help patients through the decision-making process during breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Foster has been recognized nationally and internationally for his research in transplantation tolerance and molecular biology. He is the author of more than 75 publications and a guest reviewer for seven scientific journals. He is a professor of surgery at UCSF.

Clinics

Breast Care Plastic Surgery
1600 Divisadero St., Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone (Dr. Robert Foster): (415) 885-7729
Phone (Dr. Hani Sbitany): (415) 353-9985
Fax: (415) 353-9541

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center
1600 Divisadero St., Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 353-7070
Surgery Fax: (415) 353-7050
Oncology Fax: (415) 353-7692

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Plastic and Reconstructive (Cosmetic) Surgery
350 Parnassus Ave., Suite 509
San Francisco, CA 94143-0932
Phone: (415) 353-4201
Fax: (415) 353-4622

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Plastic and Reconstructive (Non-Cosmetic) Surgery
400 Parnassus Ave., Suite A-655
San Francisco, CA 94143-0932
Phone: (415) 353-4201
Fax: (415) 353-4330

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Conditions & Treatments

More about Robert D. Foster

Education

SUNY, Downstate School of Medicine 1990

Residencies

New York Medical College, General Surgery 1995

Fellowships

UCSF Medical Center, Plastic Surgery 1999

Selected Research and Publications

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Chang EI, Peled AW, Foster RD, Lin C, Zeidler KR, Ewing CA, Alvarado M, Hwang ES, Esserman LJ. Evaluating the feasibility of extended partial mastectomy and immediate reduction mammoplasty reconstruction as an alternative to mastectomy. Ann Surg. 2012 Jun; 255(6):1151-7.
  5. Malik AI, Foster RE, Correa ZM, Petersen MR, Miller DM, Riemann CD. Anatomical and visual results of transconjunctival sutureless vitrectomy using subconjunctival anesthesia performed on select patients taking anticoagulant and antiplatelet agents. Retina. 2012 May; 32(5):905-11.
  6. Warren Peled A, Foster RD, Stover AC, Itakura K, Ewing CA, Alvarado M, Hwang ES, Esserman LJ. Outcomes after total skin-sparing mastectomy and immediate reconstruction in 657 breasts. Ann Surg Oncol. 2012 Oct; 19(11):3402-9.
  7. Peled AW, Stover AC, Foster RD, McGrath MH, Hwang ES. Long-term reconstructive outcomes after expander-implant breast reconstruction with serious infectious or wound-healing complications. Ann Plast Surg. 2012 Apr; 68(4):369-73.
  8. Cionni DA, Lewis SA, Petersen MR, Foster RE, Riemann CD, Sisk RA, Hutchins RK, Miller DM. Analysis of outcomes for intravitreal bevacizumab in the treatment of choroidal neovascularization secondary to ocular histoplasmosis. Ophthalmology. 2012 Feb; 119(2):327-32.
  9. Schoenberger SD, Miller DM, Riemann CD, Foster RE, Sisk RA, Hutchins RK, Petersen MR. Outcomes of 25-gauge pars plana vitrectomy in the surgical management of proliferative diabetic retinopathy. Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging. 2011 Nov-Dec; 42(6):474-80.
  10. Kind GM, Foster RD. Breast reconstruction using the lateral femoral circumflex artery perforator flap. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2011 Sep; 27(7):427-32.
  11. Chang EI, Galvez MG, Padilla BE, Freise CE, Foster RD, Hoffman WY. Ten-year retrospective analysis of incisional herniorrhaphy following renal transplantation. Arch Surg. 2011 Jan; 146(1):21-5.
  12. Warren Peled A, Itakura K, Foster RD, Hamolsky D, Tanaka J, Ewing C, Alvarado M, Esserman LJ, Hwang ES. Impact of chemotherapy on postoperative complications after mastectomy and immediate breast reconstruction. Arch Surg. 2010 Sep; 145(9):880-5.
  13. Garwood ER, Moore D, Ewing C, Hwang ES, Alvarado M, Foster RD, Esserman LJ. Total skin-sparing mastectomy: complications and local recurrence rates in 2 cohorts of patients. Ann Surg. 2009 Jan; 249(1):26-32.
  14. Riemann CD, Miller DM, Foster RE, Petersen MR. Short-term outcomes of 25-gauge vitrectomy with silicone oil for repair of complicated retinal detachment. Retina. 2008 Nov-Dec; 28(10):1556; author reply 1556.
  15. Kind GM, Foster RD. The longitudinal gracilis myocutaneous flap: broadening options in breast reconstruction. Ann Plast Surg. 2008 Nov; 61(5):513-20.
  16. Miller DM, Riemann CD, Foster RE, Petersen MR. Primary repair of retinal detachment with 25-gauge pars plana vitrectomy. Retina. 2008 Jul-Aug; 28(7):931-6.
  17. Wijayanayagam A, Kumar AS, Foster RD, Esserman LJ. Optimizing the total skin-sparing mastectomy. Arch Surg. 2008 Jan; 143(1):38-45; discussion 45.
  18. Hansen SL, Foster RD, Dosanjh AS, Mathes SJ, Hoffman WY, Leon P. Superficial temporal artery and vein as recipient vessels for facial and scalp microsurgical reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2007 Dec; 120(7):1879-84.
  19. Alvarado M, Ewing CA, Elyassnia D, Foster RD, Shelley Hwang E. Surgery for palliation and treatment of advanced breast cancer. Surg Oncol. 2007 Dec; 16(4):249-57.
  20. Chang EI, Foster RD, Hansen SL, Jazayeri L, Patti MG. Autologous tissue reconstruction of ventral hernias in morbidly obese patients. Arch Surg. 2007 Aug; 142(8):746-9; discussion 749-51.

Publications are derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and provided by UCSF Profiles, a service of the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at UCSF. Researchers can make corrections and additions to their publications by logging on to UCSF Profiles.