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William Foster, MD, PhD



William Foster, MD, PhD



Associate Professor, Ophthalmology

Telephone: 215-707-3185

Email: william.foster@tuhs.temple.edu



Department of Ophthalmology


Educational Background:


BS, Physics, The California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, CA


AM, Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA


PhD, Biological Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA


MD, Duke University, Durham, NC


Fellowship, Biophysics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA


Fellowship, Vitreoretinal Surgery, St. Joseph Hospital, Houston, TX


Fellowship, Diseases and Surgery of the Retina, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

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clinical interests:


  • Diabetic eye disease
  • Macular degeneration
  • Vitreoretinal surgery
  • Retinal detachment
  • Uveitis
  • Macular hole
  • Macular pucker/epiretinal membranes
  • Eye trauma

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board certification(s):


  • American Board of Ophthalmology
  • Ophthalmology, Royal College of Surgeons of Canada

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research interests:


  • Applications of bioengineering to vitreoretinal surgery
  • The influence of synthetic extracellular matrices on proliferation vitreoretinopathy (PVR)
  • Analytical and finite-element analysis of ophthalmic surgical techniques
  • Clinical trials in retinal disease

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Recent Medically Related Publications, Obtained from PubMed (Click on PubMed ID to view abstract)

25016484. Boochoon KS, Manarang JC, Davis JT, McDermott AM, Foster WJ, The influence of substrate elastic modulus on retinal pigment epithelial cell phagocytosis. J Biomech 47:12(3237-40)2014 Sep 22

22697294. Foster WJ, Meen JK, Fox DA, The effect of physiologic aqueous solutions on the perovskite material lead-lanthanum-zirconium titanate (PLZT): potential retinotoxicity. Cutan Ocul Toxicol 32:1(18-22)2013 Mar

22447866. Davis JT, Wen Q, Janmey PA, Otteson DC, Foster WJ, Muller cell expression of genes implicated in proliferative vitreoretinopathy is influenced by substrate elastic modulus. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 53:6(3014-9)2012 May 17

21666245. Foster WJ, Bilateral patching in retinal detachment: fluid mechanics and retinal "settling". Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 52:8(5437-40)2011 Jul 20

19809830. Foster WJ, Dowla N, Joshi SY, Nikolaou M, The fluid mechanics of scleral buckling surgery for the repair of retinal detachment. Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol 248:1(31-6)2010 Jan

19343097. Foster WJ, Vitreous Substitutes. Expert Rev Ophthalmol 3:2(211-218)2008 Apr

18662829. A randomized trial comparing intravitreal triamcinolone acetonide and focal/grid photocoagulation for diabetic macular edema. Ophthalmology 115:9(1447-9, 1449.e1-10)2008 Sep

18316700. 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, Comparison of time-domain OCT and fundus photographic assessments of retinal thickening in eyes with diabetic macular edema. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 49:5(1745-52)2008 May

15285260. Foster WJ, Chou T, Physical mechanisms of gas and perfluoron retinopexy and sub-retinal fluid displacement. Phys Med Biol 49:13(2989-97)2004 Jul 7

12967800. Foster WJ, Harbour JW, Holekamp NM, Shah GK, Thomas MA, Pars plana vitrectomy in eyes containing a treated posterior uveal melanoma. Am J Ophthalmol 136:3(471-6)2003 Sep

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