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Charles Foster, MD

Charles Foster, MD
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Department Center for Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Children & Adolescents Only
Languages English
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Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus


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Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Center for Pediatric Infectious Disease
  • Clinical Trials
  • Infection Control
  • Outpatient Antibiotic Therapy
  • Therapy for Children with Serious Infections
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Anthrax
  • Ascariasis
  • Cellulitis
  • Chickenpox
  • Congenital Infections
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Encephalitis
  • Endocarditis
  • Epstein-Barr Virus Infections
  • Fever
  • Fungal Infections
  • Giardiasis
  • Hepatitis B
  • Herpes
  • Histoplasmosis
  • Hookworm Disease
  • Infection in the Immunocompromised Host
  • Infections in Cancer Patients
  • Infections in Children with Cancer or Post-Transplant
  • Influenza (Flu)
  • Kawasaki Disease
  • Kidney Infections
  • Lyme Disease
  • Measles
  • Meningitis
  • Necrotizing Enterocolitis
  • Necrotizing Fasciitis
  • Pediatric AIDS
  • Pediatric Bronchiolitis
  • Pediatric Cellulitis
  • Pediatric HIV
  • Pediatric Infections
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases
  • Pediatric Urinary Tract Infection
  • Pharyngitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Rabies
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
  • Ringworm
  • Rotavirus
  • Sepsis
  • Septic Arthritis
  • Shingles (Varicella-Zoster Virus)
  • Smallpox
  • Sore Throat
  • Strep Throat
  • Syphilis
  • Tick Bites
  • Transplant Infections
  • Trichinosis
  • Tuberculosis
  • Urinary Tract Infection
  • Ventricular Shunt Infections
  • Viral Infections
  • West Nile Virus
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About Charles Foster, MD

Charles Foster, MD, is a Staff Physician in the Center for Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Pediatric Institute, Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Foster consults on children with general pediatric infectious disease problems. He has a special interest in the management of infections in children with compromised immune systems. He is the Medical Director for Pediatric Infection Control. His research interests focus on Quality and Patient Safety and the prevention of healthcare associated infections.

Dr. Foster received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Haverford College in Haverford, Pa., in 1986, and his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1991. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics and of the American Board of Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

From 1991 to 1994, he was Intern and Resident a the Johns Hopkins Hospital and completed a fellowship in general pediatrics a Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.

He received subspecialty training in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, at the Pediatric Oncology Branch of the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md., from 1994 to 1997.

From 1995 to 2002, Dr. Foster was a Clinical Fellow in the Immunocompromised Host Section/Section of Genomic Variation, at the Pediatric Oncology Branch of the National Cancer Institute. He also received subspecialty training in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1999 to 2001.

Dr. Foster was Assistant Professor and Attending Physician in the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics, at Johns Hopkins University, from 2002-2006.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Johns Hopkins Hospital
Pediatric Infectious Disease
Baltimore, MD

Fellowship - National Cancer Institute
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Bethesda, MD

Residency - Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, MD

Medical Education - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH United States

Undergraduate - Haverford College
Haverford, PA


  • Pediatrics
  • Pediatrics - Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Specialty Interests

Congenital infections, epidemiology, infection control, infections in pediatric cancer patients, infections in immunocompromised hosts, infections in pediatric transplant recipients, pediatric infections, pediatric infectious diseases, pediatric viral infections, pediatric bacterial infections, pediatric fungal infections, healthcare associated infections, infectious diseases

Awards & Honors

  • Children’s Hospital Research Center Scholar, 2002-2005
  • The Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital, Chairman's Recognition For Safety Award, 2011
  • Best Doctors in America (Selected by peers for inclusion), 2011-2012
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 4/12/2023, Dr. Foster has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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