Foster Named New Chair of Department of Orthopaedics





NEWTON, Mass. (May, 2012)  – Timothy E. Foster, MD, has been named the inaugural Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Mark Belsky, MD has served admirably for 25 years as Chief of Orthopaedics and recently as Acting Chair of this newly created department.

Dr. Foster is an Associate Professor at Boston University School of Medicine. He earned his medical degree at Boston University School of Medicine and completed a preliminary general surgery residency at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, New Hampshire. Subsequently, Dr. Foster completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Boston University School of Medicine, the Lahey Clinic and the Shriner’s Hospital for Children. He went on to do a post-doctoral surgical fellowship in adult sports medicine at Harvard Medical School in affiliation with Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Foster completed a second post doctoral fellowship in pediatric and adolescent sports medicine again at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital.

Dr. Foster has been in practice for 21 years and is considered a national expert in all aspects of sports medicine. He is the author of multiple peer review articles and book chapters and is the associate editor of the prestigious American Journal of Sports Medicine, serving in this role for the past 15 years. In addition, Dr. Foster was instrumental in the development of the Ryan Center for Sports Medicine on the Boston University main campus, which has become a national model for the collaboration of physicians, therapists, trainers and students in the treatment of athletes. 

He has served as the co-director of orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine at Boston University, and is currently the head orthopaedic surgeon for the Boston University Athletic Teams. He is also the co-director and creator of the Boston University Sports Medicine post-doctoral fellowship program. He was selected by his peers as a "Top Doctor in Orthopaedic Surgery in Boston" in Boston Magazine in 2010 and 2011. He is also listed in US News and World Report as a Top Doctor in Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Foster has served in various roles for several professional organizations that include the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, The Arthroscopy Association of North America and The American College of Sports Medicine. This year Dr. Foster will be inducted into the American Orthopaedic Association, a prestigious organization for orthopaedic surgery educators and leaders. He is a member of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and is an examiner for surgeons desiring board certification.

Dr. Foster specializes in all aspects of Sports Medicine and arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, knee and ankle. He performs complex surgery of the shoulder and knee including rotator cuff repairs, shoulder instability surgery, ligament reconstructions, cartilage replacement and complex patello-femoral reconstructions. He has a keen interest in joint preserving articular cartilage repair and replacement techniques. 

He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and is sub-specialty certified by the Board with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine. He grew up in Vermont and the Hudson River Valley of New York. He was a defensive back for the Boston University varsity football team from 1978-1981 and was a member of the 1980 Yankee Conference championship team. He lives with his wife, Michelle, and their 4 children in Wellesley and is active in several civic and religious organizations. 

Rachel Kagno
Public Affairs & Marketing
Newton-Wellesley Hospital

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