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Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

William J. Foster

William J. Foster, M.D., Ph.D.


William J. Foster, M. D.,Ph.DD.

William J. Foster, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Member
The Methodist Hospital Research Institute
Vitreoretinal Surgeon, Department of Ophthalmology
The Methodist Hospital
Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University

E-mail: wfoster@houstonmethodist.org
Phone: 713-665-7600
Fax: 713-790-1124


B.S.   California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA (Physics)
Ph.D.   Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (Physics)
M.D.   Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC

Postdoctoral Training

Biological Physics Research Fellowship, Division of Experimental Medicine, Brigham and Woman’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
General Surgery Internship, Duke University Hospital, Durham, NC
Ophthalmology Residency, Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO
Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery Fellowship, Jules Stein Eye Institute and the David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angles, CA
Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship, St. Joseph Hospital Retinal Vascular Center, Houston, TX
Vision Research Fellowship, Marine Biological Laboratory, National Eye Institute, Woods Hole, MA



Dr. Foster earned numerous honors during his graduate education and postdoctoral training, including several scholarships, research awards, and travel grants. He was the recipient of the American Medical Association Physician Recognition Award with Commendation in 2007, and a vision research fellowship at the Marine Biological Laboratory from the National Eye Institute in 2008. Dr. Foster joined the faculty at the University of Houston in 2004, and started his private clinical practice in 2006. He joined the attending staff at Methodist and the faculty at the Weill Medical College that same year.

Description of Research

Dr. Foster conducts bench, preclinical, and clinical studies of retinal conditions such as diabetic retinopathy and macular edema, macular degeneration, and intraocular tumors. He also investigates novel treatments for these conditions that include drug trials, innovative vitreoretinal surgical techniques and retinal prosthetics, and the use of nanotechnology in drug delivery. His research is funded by two grants from the National Eye Institute, as well as industry and private foundations.

Major Areas of Research

Retina, nanotechnology, diabetic retinopathy, diabetic edema, macular degeneration, intraocular tumors, vitreoretinal surgery

Recent Publications

Foster WJ. Vitreous Substitutes. Expert Rev Ophthalmol. 2008 Apr;3(2):211-218.

Hacker MC, Haesslein A, Ueda H, Foster WJ, Garcia CA, Ammon DM, Borazjani RN, Kunzler JF, Salamone JC, Mikos AG. Biodegradable fumarate-based drug-delivery systems for ophthalmic applications. J Biomed Mater Res A 2009 Mar 15;88(4):976-89.

Davis MD, Bressler SB, Aiello LP, Bressler NM, Browning DJ, Flaxel CJ, Fong DS, Foster WJ, Glassman AR, Hartnett ME, Kollman C, Li HK, Qin H, Scott IU; Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network Study Group. Comparison of time-domain OCT and fundus photographic assessments of retinal thickening in eyes with diabetic macular edema. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2008 May;49(5):1745-52.

Faulkner-Jones BE, Foster WJ, Harbour JW, Smith ME, Dávila RM. Fine needle aspiration biopsy with adjunct immunohistochemistry in intraocular tumor management. Acta Cytol. 2005 May-Jun;49(3):297-308.

Foster WJ, Chou T. Physical mechanisms of gas and perfluoron retinopexy and sub-retinal fluid displacement. Phys Med Biol. 2004 Jul 7;49(13):2989-97.