Brian Foster, MD
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.
- Basil Joint Arthritis
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Circulation Problems
- Congential hand conditions
- Cubital Tunnel
- De Quervair's Tenosynovitis
- Distal Radius Fracture
- Dupuytren's Contracture
- Elbow Fracture
- Flexor Tendonitis
- Ganglion Cysts
- Golf Elbow/medial epicondylitis
- Hand or Arm Pain
- Joint Replacements
- Lacerations, including Tendons and Nerves
- 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 (UCL) injury
|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|
Dr. Foster and Ortho Illinois accept multiple insurance providers. To see a list of insurances accepted click here. Contact your insurance carrier for you specific plan details.
- Board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
- Board-certified Subspecialty in Surgery of the Hand
- American Society for Surgery of the Hand
- Assistant Professor, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford
- American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
- Team Physician for Rockford IceHogs
- 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
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The doctor, PA and clinical lead were very caring about me and I would recommend the doctor to all.
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Dr Bear showed great compassion for me. He explains things in a way I can understand what he is telling me. He has helped me come along way with my injury. I am very grateful for this.
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Dr. Bear was very professional and kind. He took time to explain the injury and the follow-up care necessary for my daughter's elbow to continue to heal. We have gotten to see him twice now and he remembered my daughter at the second appointment. Overall, both were excellent visits with the doctor!
Dr. Bear was very thorough in explaining everything about my condition.