Dr. C. Stephen Foster

ISN Medical Advisory Board

Dr. Foster is founder of the Massachusetts Eye Research and Surgery Institute (MERSI) and of the Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation.

Dr. C. Stephen Foster, ISN Medical Advisory BoardDr. Foster has now opened a new private Institute, the Massachusetts Eye Research and Surgery Institute (MERSI), and has formed a tax exempt research and education foundation, the Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation, for the purpose of research and education in ocular immunology and ocular inflammatory diseases. Dr. Foster is Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School and a Fellow in the American College of Rheumatology and the American College of Surgery.

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 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, he then 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 was continuously funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health until he chose to focus primarily on Clinical Practice in 1990.

Dr. Foster created the Ocular Immunology Service at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in 1980, and began the Uveitis and Ocular Immunology Fellowship in 1984. Approximately 88 Ophthalmologists have successfully completed this training program in uveitis and ocular immunology, and most have contributed to the over 500 published books and papers that Dr. Foster has authored.

Dr. Foster sees and treats patients with cataract, glaucoma, cornea and external ocular diseases, and uveitis.

C. Stephen Foster, M.D.
5 Cambridge Center, 8th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142 USA

Appointments for clinical consultation and surgery:

(617) 621 - 6377 (742-MERSI)
(866) 353 - 6377 (Toll free)
1- 617- 621 - 6377(International patients)
Fax: 617-494-1430

E-mail: [email protected]

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A Patient Guide to Ocular Inflammatory Disease. This is an online guide, covering symptoms, diagnosis and treatment for inflammatory eye diseases. In addition, printed copies of this guide can be requested free of charge from the Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation. (Also see ISN Guide to Eye Involvement and Dr. C. Stephen Foster, ISN Medical Advisory Board) Posted 07-18-06.

Dr. Liz Irvin, ISN Guide to Eye Involvement. Dr. Irvin is the founder and moderator of the Uveitis Online Support Group, an international online support community for anyone living with uveitis or other ocular inflammatory disease. ISN.

Uveitis Online Support Group C. Stephen Foster, M.D., Medical Advisor.

Uveitis Glossary. Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation, Cambridge, MA USA.

Harvard University / Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation. Extensive patient support forums, glossary, articles, support community. Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation, Cambridge, MA USA.

Uveitis Kids. This is a resource website for kids only and they have access to an online support group page there as well. Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation, Cambridge, MA USA.

Uveitis Information Group The UIG is a UK based organization devoted to providing easily understood patient information and support. UIG.

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