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C. Stephen Foster, MD, FACS

C. Stephen Foster, MD, FACS

Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School
President & CEO, Massachusetts Eye Research and Surgery Institution
Founder & President, Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation
Cambridge, MA

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C. Stephen Foster, MD, was born and raised in West Virginia, received his bachelor of science degree in chemistry at Duke University, with distinction and Phi Beta Kappa in 1965, and received his doctor of medicine degree at Duke University Medical Center, in 1969, being elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. He trained in internal medicine at Duke University Hospital from 1969 to 1970, and at the National Heart and Lung Institute, at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, from 1970 to 1972, during which time he also taught internal medicine, with an appointment as Instructor in Medicine at the George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC. In 1972, Dr. Foster entered his ophthalmology residency training program at Washington University (Barnes Hospital), in St. Louis, Missouri, and having completed that in 1975, traveled to Boston to do two additional fellowship trainings in cornea and external diseases and in ocular immunology. He completed this training in 1977 and was invited to join the full-time faculty of the Department of Ophthalmology of Harvard Medical School, where he was a member of the cornea service and director of the residency training program at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He began his independent research in 1977 and has been continuously funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health since then.

He created the Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Service at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in 1980, and began the Uveitis and Ocular Immunology Fellowship in 1984. Over 100 ophthalmologists have successfully completed this training program in uveitis and ocular immunology, and most have contributed to the over 600 published papers and 5 textbooks that Dr. Foster has authored.

After 30 years on the full-time faculty of Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, he decided to establish his own private practice—The Massachusetts Eye Research and Surgery Institute, a state-of-the-art 12,000 square foot practice with its own chemotherapy infusion suite and phlebotomy lab. Dr. Foster continues to direct a research laboratory at the Massachusetts Eye Research and Surgery Institute (MERSI), through the support of his newly created research foundation, The Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation, and continues his teaching activities and training fellows as a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Foster is a leader in his field and is widely regarded by his colleagues and patients as having revolutionized the care of adults and children with ocular inflammatory diseases.  Uveitis is the third-leading cause of blindness in the developed world and affects children as well as adults. Among the many important awards honoring Dr. Foster for his pioneering work are the following: the American Academy of Ophthalmology Award (1983), the Hippocrates Medal, Swedish Royal Academy of Medicine (1985), the American Academy of Ophthalmology Senior Honor Award (1993), the Research to Prevent Blindness Senior Scientific Investigator Award (1995), the Diaz Caneja Medal (2003), the International Ocular Inflammation Society Award (2003), and the Mildred Weisenfeld Award for Excellence in Ophthalmology (2005). The Weisenfeld Award is presented to an individual in recognition of distinguished scholarly contributions to the clinical practice of ophthalmology and is one of the most prestigious awards given in ophthalmology.