Christopher W Foster


Commander, Navy

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Clerkship Director - Pediatrics
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Clinical Interests: General Pediatrics: health supervision, screening, and disease detection; atopic diseases: eczema, allergy, asthma.
Research Interests: professionalism: professional development, identity formation, hidden curriculum; Medical Education: effective clinical teaching techniques, competency based assessments and entrustment decisions
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University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. B.A., Economics, 1997-2001
Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA. M.D., 2001-2005
Internship: Pediatrics, Naval Medical Center San Diego, San Diego, CA, 2005-2006
Residency: Pediatrics, Naval Medical Center San Diego, San Diego, CA, 2006-2008

Board Certification:
Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics, October 2008
Maintenance of Certification, American Board of Pediatrics, in good standing through December 2020


I received my MD from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA in 2005 before going on to complete pediatric residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego from 2005-2008. I served four years at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune where I was able to play a role within the Family Medicine Residency Program and also take the lead for the Pediatric Medical Home Port pilot initiative that is now widespread throughout the DoD. I returned to San Diego as faculty from 2012-2014 before having the good fortune of being asked to fill the Navy pediatrician billet within the Education Section of Pediatrics here at USU. I teach courses here at USU, mostly in small group settings, throughout the MS1 and MS2 curriculum. Having assumed the role of Clerkship Director in 2016, my newest position allows me a substantial amount of time with the clerkship students as well as advising our third and fourth-year pediatric career hopefuls. My passion is patient care and clinical teaching, both of which allow me to engage with learners of all levels. Currently, I see general pediatric clinic patients at WRNMMC, either with USU students or staffing resident clinic. In the unity of effort, I stay engaged at WRNMMC as the Navy Assistant Chief of Graduate Medical Education for 63 accredited programs as well as serving as medical director of the Darnall Medical Library.

Roles at prior commands:
- General Pediatrics tour at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune 2008-2012
1) Medical Home Champion for pediatrics clinic
2) GME Chair for Family Medicine Residency Program
-General Pediatrics tour at Naval Medical Center San Diego 2012-2014
1) Director, Continuity Clinic
2) Site Director, USU Pediatric Clerkship
3) Associate Master Clinician

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

Gold Humanism Honor Society, Inductee February 2019

Outstanding Attending, Presented by the Class of 2018 of the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD. March 2017

Major Dave Berry Award, American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Uniformed Services, October 2016

Navy Pediatrician of the Year, American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Uniformed Services, Uniformed Services West Chapter. October 2014

Fran C. Rash Pediatric Faculty Teacher of the Year, Naval Medical Center San Diego, CA Pediatrics Residency Program, for academic year 2012-2013

Military Deployments: Continuing Promise 2015, USNS COMFORT (T-AH 20) March 2015 – September 2015: Provided medical assistance to 11 countries throughout Central America and South America


Edwards MJ, Foster C, Yu C, Crouch G, Randall V. Defining the competency of professionalism at two military medical centers. International Journal of Medical Education. 2017;8:351-351 doi: 10.5116/ijme.59c6.2634

Randall, V. F., Foster, C. W., Olsen, C. H., Warwick, A. B., Fernandez, K. A., & Crouch, G. (2016). Defining Medical Professionalism Across the Years of Training and Experience at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Military Medicine, 181(10), 1294-1299. doi:10.7205/MILMED-D-15-00438

Ganal, C., & Foster, C. (2008). Parenting in practice: Help or hindrance? Pediatric Annals, 37(4), 256-260.