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Brian J. Foster, MD

Healthgrades 5 Stars out of 5 out of 5 with 120 ratings

Specialties: Hand, Wrist & Elbow

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 effect 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.

Education and Training

  • Undergraduate – University of Richmond,Richmond, Virginia
  • Medical School – Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, Michigan
  • Residency – Loyola University Medical Center Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, Maywood, Illinois
  • Harvard Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship, Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Children’s Hospital, Boston
  • Board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Board certified Subspecialty in Surgery of the Hand

Assisted by:

Valerie McCannon, PA-C

Frequently Treated Problems


  • Arthritis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome, and other periperal nerve compression
  • Circulation problems
  • Cysts
  • Fractures
  • Hand or arm pain
  • Lacerations, including tendons/nerves
  • Nerve problems in the upper extremities
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Sprains and strains
  • Work-related or recreational injuries
  • Replantation of amputated parts
  • Sports injuries
  • Joint replacements
  • Congenital hand conditions
  • Tendon and ligament injuries


  • Tennis elbow
  • Tendon repair
  • Epicondylitis
  • Elbow fracture
  • Golf elbow
  • Ligament repair /reconstruction
  • Nerve injuries Sports injuries


HOSPITAL AFFILIATIONS:  OSF St. Anthony Medical CenterSwedishAmerican Hospital, Advocate Sherman Hospital, Mercy Rockford Hospital, OrthoIllinois Surgery Center, Rockford Ambulatory Surgery Center, Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital

American Society for Surgery of the Hand, College of Medicine at Rockford Assistant Professor, American Association of Orthopaedic Surgerys (AAOS), Team Physicians for Rockford IceHogs

Here's what my patients are saying:

Dr. Foster is very caring and is a skilled surgeon. I suffered for years with thumb arthritis and roughly 2 months after surgery I was golfing and playing tennis pain free!


Grateful to Dr.Foster for the individualized care he gave my daughter. Her arm has healed so well, and thanks to Dr. Foster and Callie, who was her physical therapist, she is now back to tumbling again. Couldn't have asked for better care!

Kelley E.

"I recommend Dr. Foster very highly.  His picture above tells his story.  He always has a smile and greets you with "It's nice to meet you," or "It's so nice to see you again," or "It's my pleasure."  He is a very genuine doctor who always take the time to listen, to explain everything, and to make suggestions about what to do to make things better for you.  An most importantly, help with the pain you're having.  I give him more than five stars.  Thumbs up!!"  Deb C. - review

"My experience with Dr. Foster has been nothing but excellent.  I always get into my appointment on, or before, the scheduled time and Dr. Foster and his staff have always treated me well.  I would go no where else in the future if myself or a member of my family needs something inside of his expertise.  Very pleased with everything!"  Jason, review

"Dr. Foster took spectacular care of me.  He understood the importance of my job and had me scheduled for surgery within days which resulted in a quick return to work.  His work was impeccable."  Brandon - review

"Dr. Foster and his team gave me back the use of my hand after a severe injury.  The care and professionalism were exemplary."  Douglas L. - review

"Very humble, friendly, and knowledgeable.  Bedside manner is incredible and he made me feel at home."  Nailing K. - review

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