Dr. Charles Stephen Foster MD Ophthalmologist

Dr. Charles Foster is an ophthalmologist in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Massachusetts General Hospital. He received his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine and has been in practice for 45 years. Dr. Foster accepts several types of health insurance, listed below. He is one of 190 doctors at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and one of 92 at Massachusetts General Hospital who specialize in Ophthalmology.

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Specialty & Clinical Interests

Ophthalmologist: Cataract Related, Cornea & External Disease, Uveitis

Clinical Interests: Retrospective Studies, Uveitis, Viral Eye Infections, Immunosuppressive Agents, Follow-Up Studies, Benign Mucous Membrane Pemphigoid

Hospital Affiliation

Mount Auburn Hospital

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Ranked #4 in Ophthalmology

Massachusetts General Hospital
Ranked #4 in Ophthalmology

Education & Medical Training

Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Residency, Ophthalmology, 1972–1975

Duke University Hospital
Residency, Internal Medicine, 1969–1970

Harvard Medical School
Fellowship, Ocular Immunology, 1975–1976

Duke University School of Medicine
Class of 1969


Other Training, Chemistry, 1965

Duke University
Other Training, Immunology/Biochemistry, 1967–1968

Certifications & Licensure

American Board of Ophthalmology
Certified in Ophthalmology

MA State Medical License
Active through 2015

NY State Medical License
Active through 2016

Awards, Honors & Recognition

Top MD, Consumers Checkbook

Most Compassionate Doctor Award, Vitals
2012

Life Fellow Award, Academy of Ophthalmology
2012

Patients' Choice Award, American Registry
2011

America's Top Doctors Award
2010

Silver Fellow Award, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
2010

Highest Grade Within Subject Area, American Academy of Ophthalmology
2010

Best Paper of Session, American Academy of Ophthalmology
2010

Inclusion of Four Papers within the Top 10 Uveitis Papers, American Academy of Ophthalmology
2010

McLean Medal
2009

Patients’ Choice Award, American Registry
2009

Editors' Choice Symposium, American Academy of Ophthalmology
2009

2nd Prize, Best Paper in Clinical Uveitis, European Uveitis Patient Interest Association
2009

Inclusion of Three Papers within the Top 10 Uveitis Papers, American Academy of Ophthalmology
2009

Top Doctors, Boston Magazine
2008

1st Prize, Best Paper in Clinical Uveitis, European Uveitis Patient Interest Association
2008

Top Five Most Cited Papers, Ophthalmic Epidemiology
2008

Mildred Weisenfeld Award for Outstanding Performance, ARVO
2005

Top Doctors, Boston Herald
2005

Publication Board, The Marquis Who’s Who
2005

America's Top Ophthalmologists, Consumer Research Council of America
2004

The Clinical Uveitis Research Award
2004

The Clinical Uveitis Research Award
2009

The Diaz Caneja Medal
2003

The International Ocular Inflammation Society Award
2003

The Best Doctors in America
2002

Life Member, Kingston’s National Registry of Who’s Who
2002

America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals
2002

America’s Top Doctors, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.
2000

America’s Top Doctors, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.
2011

The Best Doctors in America, American Health Magazine
1996

The Best Doctors in America, Ophthalmology Times
1996

Research to Prevent Blindness Senior Scientific Investigator Award
1995

The Best Doctors in America, Town and Country Magazine
1994

Member, American Ophthalmological Society
1986

Guest of Honor, Recipient of Hippocrates Medal, Swedish Royal Academy of Medicine
1985

Sigma XI
1979

Alpha Omega Alpha
1969

Phi Beta Kappa
1965

Chemistry Prize
1965

Beta Omega Sigma Leadership Honorary
1961

Bausch and Lomb Science Prize
1960

National Merit Scholar
1960

Publications & Presentations

Krill protease effects on wound healing following corneal alkali burn
Sangwan V, Akpek AK, Voo I, Zhao TZ, Pinar V, Yang J, Christen W, Baltatzis S, Foster CS 1999 1 1

Fundus Autofluorescence Imaging in Posterior Uveitis
Durrani K, Foster CS 2012 9 1

Peripheral corneal ulcer
Foster CS, Samson CM 1999 1 1

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Insurances Accepted

  • Aetna HMO
  • GHI PPO
  • Multiplan PHCS PPO
  • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • Multiplan PPO
  • UniCare PPO
  • Aetna Choice POS II
  • CIGNA Open Access
  • CIGNA PPO
  • Great West PPO
  • Oxford Health Freedom
  • United Healthcare - Direct Options PPO
  • BCBS Massachusetts Blue Care Elect PPO
  • CIGNA HMO
  • Harvard Pilgrim HMO
  • Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
  • United Healthcare - Direct Choice Plus POS

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