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William Foster, MD, PhD, Joins Temple's Department of Ophthalmology

William Foster, MD, PhD, has been appointed a vitreoretinal surgeon at Temple University Hospital and Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Bioengineering at Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Foster, a Delaware native, comes to Temple from Texas where he was in private practice as a vitreoretinal surgeon and also had an active research program as a professor of physics at the University of Houston.

Dr. Foster specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders affecting the retina and vitreous, such as diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, macular degeneration, uveitis, and hereditary diseases of the retina. He has been performing small-incision, small-gauge or 'no stitch' retinal surgery since 2003 and offers this less-invasive and often quicker surgery to most of his patients. His research interests include retinal disease, analytical and finite-element analysis of ophthalmic surgical techniques, applications of bioengineering to vitreoretinal surgery, and the influence of synthetic extracellular matrices on proliferative vitreoretinopathy inhibition. His research has received funding from both industry and government sources, including the U.S. Army and the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Foster earned his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine and his doctoral degree in biological physics from Harvard University. He completed his ophthalmology residency at Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, and underwent fellowship training in vitreoretinal diseases and surgery at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine in Los Angeles, vitreoretinal surgery and medical retina at St. Joseph Hospital Retinal Vascular Center in Houston, and biophysics at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

He has held several academic positions, most recently serving as Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Weill-Cornell Medical College at The Methodist Hospital and Research Professor of Physics at the University of Houston. An active, grant-supported researcher, Dr. Foster has numerous publications to his credit, serves as an examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology, and as a Special Government Employee advising the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He is also a reviewer for numerous professional publications, including Archives of Ophthalmology, Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, Retina, Biomaterials and the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering.

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Date Published: Thursday, December 13, 2012

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