As a hand and upper extremity surgeon, Dr. Brian Foster's job is to evaluate and treat disorders including, but not limited to, traumatic, degenerative, congenital, and rheumatologic problems.
My interest in medicine began at an early age when my dad, as a busy general surgeon, often took me to work with him while making his rounds on the weekend and on-call overnight. I loved everything about the hospital: from the hustle and bustle of a level one trauma center, to how my dad put people at ease with his unparalleled bedside manner. Just as influential was what I saw outside of the hospital: appreciative patients thanking my dad for helping them through times when they were sick or injured and most vulnerable. Even as a child, I knew I wanted to make this same difference in peoples’ lives. I focused my educational career around medicine and even spent time as a nursing assistant in the intensive care unit during college, where I gained valuable insight into the team effort required for patient care. After completing my medical degree I was exposed to many areas of orthopedic surgery during my residency. While treating an abundance of hand injuries in both the emergency and operating room I began to realize that though they are just a small part of the body, hands affect daily function in a significant way. Consequently, repair of hand injuries and deformities can dramatically improve a patient’s life. My decision to pursue hand surgery as a career was further strengthened by a medical mission trip to Vietnam. We operated on children with a variety of hand problems, from syndactyly in Apert Syndrome to ulnar nerve deficiency resulting from trauma. By restoring form and function to these children’s hands, we added a new dimension to their lives. My approach to patient care revolves around communication. As a hand and upper extremity surgeon, my job is to evaluate and treat disorders including, but not limited to, traumatic, degenerative, congenital, and rheumatologic problems. A vital part of my job, however, is to educate patients and their families of their diagnosis, treatment options, and expected outcomes. To do this well, I must learn what makes a patient unique. I am looking forward to meeting you and helping guide you through the best course of management for your condition. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to further improve your experience at OrthoIllinois. My goal is to provide you the best medical care available. - Brian Foster, M.D. Conditions & Treatments Basil Joint Arthritis Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Circulation Problems Congenital Hand Conditions Cubital Tunnel De Quevair's Tenosynovitis Distal Radius Fracture Dupuytren's Contracture Elbow Fracture Flexor Tendonitis Fractures Flexor Tendonitis Fractures Ganglion Cysts Golf Elbow/ Medial Epicondylitis Hand or Arm Pain Joint Replacement Lacerations Mallet Finger Nerve Problems in the Upper Extremity Numbness and Tingling Osteoarthritis of the Hand Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Elbow Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Hand Sprains and Strains Tendon and Ligament Injuries Tennis Elbow/Lateral Epicondylitis Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC) Injuries Trigger Finger Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injury Training Bachelor's Degree, University of Richmond Medical Degree, Wayne State University School of Medicine Residency, Loyola University Medical Center Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Fellowship, Harvard Hand and Upper Extremity, Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Children’s Hospital Memberships Board-certified: The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Board-certified: Subspecialty in Surgery of the Hand Member: American Society for Surgery of the Hand Assistant Professor: University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford Member: American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Team Physician: Rockford IceHogs Hospital Affiliations OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center SwedishAmerican Hospital Advocate Sherman Hospital Mercy Rockford Hospital Ortho Illinois Surgery Center Rockford Ambulatory Surgery Center Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital