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Trenton R. Foster, M.D.

  1. Endocrine Surgeon


  1. Rochester, Minnesota



Trenton R. Foster, M.D., is an endocrine surgeon, with specialty interest in surgical management of diseases of the endocrine system. His clinical focus is:

  • Surgical management of the thyroid (thyroidectomy, thyroid lobectomy, lateral neck dissection) such as multinodular goiter, hyperthyroidism, MEN1, MEN2, goiter, hyperthyroidism, thyroid cancer, pediatric thyroid disorder, thyroid nodule, Graves disease
  • Surgical management of diseases of the parathyroid glands (parathyroidectomy, minimally invasive parathyroidectomy): primary hyperparathyroidism, secondary hyperparathyroidism, tertiary hyperparathyroidism, parathyroid cancer
  • Surgical management of diseases of the adrenal gland (adrenalectomy, laparoscopic adrenalectomy): Cushing syndrome, hypercortisolism, pediatric adrenal disorders, primary aldosteronism, aldosteronoma, pheochromocytoma, adrenal cancer
  • Surgical management of diseases of the endocrine pancreas (enucleation, pancreatectomy): insulinoma, islet cell tumors, Zollinger Ellison syndrome, neuroendocrine tumors of the pancreas, noninsulinoma pancreatogenous hypoglycemia syndrome

In addition to his clinical activities, Dr. Foster is active in research and education, providing mentorship to residents and fellows.

  1. Adrenalectomy
  2. Laparoscopic surgery
  3. Lateral neck dissection
  4. Minimally invasive adrenal surgery
  5. Minimally invasive parathyroidectomy
  6. Pancreatectomy
  7. Pancreatic enucleation
  8. Parathyroidectomy
  9. Robotic surgery
  10. Thyroid surgery
  11. Thyroidectomy
  • Surgical management of diseases of the endocrine system
  1. 2020
    FellowEndocrine Surgery, Programs in Rochester, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  2. 2019
    ResidencyYale University School of Medicine
  3. 2012
    MDUniversity of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
  4. 2008
    BSUniversity of Wisconsin


  1. 2020
    General SurgeryAmerican Board of Surgery

Awards and honors

  1. 2019
    The Dennis Wasson, M.D. Award for Outstanding Graduating Chief Resident, Department of SurgeryYale University
  2. 2016
    SVS Foundation Resident Research PrizeSociety for Vascular Surgery Foundation
  3. 2016
    Department of Surgery Best Basic Science Research AwardYale University
  4. 2016
    Resident Research Forum Basic Science AwardYale Surgical Society
  5. 2016
    Best Basic Science AwardVirginia Surgeons
  6. 2015
    Resident Travel ScholarshipSociety for Vascular Surgery
  7. 2007
    Golden Key National Honor SocietyUniversity of Wisconsin
  8. 2004
    Dean's ListUniversity of Wisconsin

Professional memberships

  1. 2023 - present
    MemberSociety of Surgical Oncology
  2. 2022
    AdvisorMCASOM Career Advisory Program
  3. 2021 - present
    MemberAmerican Association of Endocrine Surgeons
  4. 2020 - present
    MemberAmerican Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
  5. 2019 - present
    MemberYale Surgical Society
  6. 2019 - present
    MemberMayo Fellows Association
  7. 2018 - present
    MemberAmerican Association of Endocrine Surgeons
  8. 2017 - present
    MemberNew England Surgical Society
  9. 2015 - 2017
    RepresentativeYale University Graduate Medical Education Committee
  10. 2015 - 2016
    Resident Grant ReviewerYale University OHSE Research Committee
  11. 2015 - 2016
    MemberYale University Section of Surgical Education - Resident Research Committee
  12. 2014 - present
    MemberAssociation for Academic Surgery
  13. 2011 - present
    FellowAmerican College of Surgeons


Research activities

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