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Trenton R. Foster, M.D., studies endocrine disorders with a particular interest in surgical therapies and outcomes within the field of endocrine surgery. Using national and institutional databases, Dr. Foster works to understand how endocrine surgical disease presents, behaves and determines the best therapies. He collaborates with colleagues in the Department of Surgery and in a multidisciplinary fashion with other departments to combine expertise from endocrinologists, radiologists and pathologists. Dr. Foster's goal is to advance the understanding of endocrine surgical treatment so patients are offered the best treatment options for their specific situation.
Dr. Foster's research benefits patient care by offering improved preoperative evaluation of endocrine surgical disease as well as optimizing the perioperative and postoperative care of patients with these conditions. Dr. Foster uses research to tailor his surgical practice to the specific needs of a given patient. His scientific inquiry has led to advances in understanding how best to evaluate patients with preoperative imaging and the extent of surgery that is needed for certain conditions. He has also helped identify patients who benefit from outpatient surgery and shorter hospital stays. His findings improve postoperative care and enhance the patient experience while maintaining safe and effective surgical treatment of endocrine disorders.
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