July 18, 2008
New HMS professorship named for Gerald S. Foster, MD

FosterGerald S. Foster, MD, an internist and attending physician in the MGH Department of Medicine for more than 50 years, recently was honored with an endowed professorship at Harvard Medical School (HMS), the Gerald S. Foster Academy Professorship in Medicine. The professorship was given by grateful patients in recognition of Foster's long and distinguished academic and medical career.

During a recent celebration at HMS, Foster was joined by many guests including Peter L. Slavin, MD, president of the MGH; Dennis Ausiello, MD, chief of the MGH Department of Medicine; Jeffrey S. Flier, MD, dean of the Faculty of Medicine at HMS; and Katharine K. Treadway, MD, of MGH Internal Medicine and the chair's first nominated incumbent. "For many years Dr. Foster has been a role model to me, and like many others I have looked to him on countless occasions for his invaluable wisdom and guidance," says Slavin. "He not only is an outstanding clinician, but also an inspiring teacher, and I am privileged to count him as a mentor, a colleague and a friend."

PROFESSORIAL INSPIRATION: From left, Foster, Ausiello and Treadway

Foster first came to the MGH in 1951 for his internship and residency in Medicine. He has served on many hospital committees, including 40 years as a member of the Medical Internship Selection Committee and 30 years as chair of the Patient Record Committee, which later became the Clinical Policy and Record Committee that he co-chaired with Sally Millar, RN, of Patient Care Services. At HMS he is an associate clinical
professor of Medicine and has taught in all four years of the medical school curriculum. He also was the faculty associate dean for Admissions from 1982 to 1998, during which time he presided over the selection of nearly 3,000 students. Foster has retired from clinical practice but
continues with teaching and other projects at the MGH and HMS.  

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