The Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation

About Dr. Foster

C. Stephen Foster, MD, FACS, FACR

Dr. Foster

President and CEO, Massachusetts Eye Research & Surgery Institution
Founder and President, Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation

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Dr. Foster 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 1969-1970, 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 since been continuously funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health. 

After 30 years on the full time faculty of Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, he established his own private practice – The Massachusetts Eye Research and Surgery Institution, 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 Institution (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.  He has also authored over 900 published papers and 9 textbooks. 

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Professional Affiliations                                                              

  • American Medical Association                                   
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology, Fellow
  • American College of Rheumatology, Fellow
  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow
  • American Association of Ophthalmology
  • Massachusetts Society of Eye Physicians & Surgeons
  • New England Ophthalmological Society
  • Association for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology
  • Contact Lens Society of America 

Awards and Honors:

1960                Bausch and Lomb Science Prize
1960                National Merit Scholar
1961                Beta Omega Sigma Leadership Honorary
1965                Phi Beta Kappa
1965                Graduation with Highest Distinction in Chemistry
1965                Chemistry Prize
1969                Alpha Omega Alpha
1979                Sigma XI
1985                Hippocrates Medal, Swedish Royal Academy of Medicine
1986                American Ophthalmological Society
1994                The Best Doctors in America: Town and Country Magazine
1995                Research to Prevent Blindness Senior Scientific Investigator Award
1996                The Best Doctors in America: American Health Magazine
1996                The Best Doctors in America:  Ophthalmology Times
2000                America’s Top Doctors:  Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.
2001                America’s Top Doctors:  Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.
2002                America’s Top Doctors:  Castle Connolly Medial Ltd.
2002                Kingston’s National Registry of Who’s Who – Life Member
2002                America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals
2002                The Best Doctors in America
2003                America’s Top Doctors:  Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.
2003                The Diaz Caneja Medal
2003                The International Ocular Inflammation Society Award
2004                The Clinical Uveitis Research Award
2004                America’s Top Doctors:  Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.
2004                America’s Top Ophthalmologists: Consumer Research Council of America
2005                Mildred Weisenfeld Award for Outstanding Performance: ARVO
2005                Top Doctors: Boston Herald
2005                America’s Top Doctors:  Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.
2005                The Marquis Who’s Who Publication Board
2005                America’s Top Ophthalmologists: Consumer Research Council of America
2006                America’s Top Doctors:  Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.
2006                The Best Doctors in America
2006                America’s Top Ophthalmologists: Consumer Research Council of America
2007                American Academy of Ophthalmology Life Achievement Award
2007                America’s Top Doctors:  Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.
2007                The Best Doctors in America
2007                America’s Top Ophthalmologists: Consumer Research Council of America
2008                America’s Top Doctors:  Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.
2008                The Best Doctors in America
2008                Top Doctors: Boston Magazine
2008                America’s Top Ophthalmologists: Consumer Research Council of America
2009                The Clinical Uveitis Research Award
2009                America’s Top Doctors:  Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.
2009                The Best Doctors in America
2009                America’s Top Ophthalmologists: Consumer Research Council of America
2009                McLean Medal
2009                Patients’ Choice Award, American Registry
2009                Top Doctors: Boston Magazine
2010                America’s Top Doctors Award
2010                Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Silver Fellow Award
2010                Top Doctors: Boston Magazine
2010                America’s Top Doctors: Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.
2010                America’s Top Ophthalmologists: Consumer Research Council of America
2011                Patients’ Choice Award, American Registry
2011                America’s Top Doctors: Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.
2011                America’s Top Ophthalmologists: Consumer Research Council of America
2011                Patients’ Choice Award, American Registry
2011                America’s Top Doctors Award
2011                Top Doctors: Boston Magazine