Robert D. Foster, MD

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.


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
Nurse Advice Line : (415) 353-9752
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) 353-3526
Fax: (415) 353-4330

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

Conditions & Treatments

Board Certification

Plastic Surgery, American Board of Plastic Surgery

Academic Title


More about Robert D. Foster


SUNY, Downstate School of Medicine 1990


New York Medical College, General Surgery 1995


UCSF Medical Center, Plastic Surgery 1999

Selected Research and Publications

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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