Robin Foster, MD, FAAP, FACEP
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Biosketch Robin Foster MD FAAP FACEP

Biosketch Robin Foster MD FAAP FACEP


Robin Foster is the medical director of the Child Protective Team at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University Health Systems which evaluates over one thousand alleged victims of abuse and neglect per year. She is one of the three original medical directors of this child abuse program which was established in 1992. She is an Associate Professor of Pediatric and Emergency Medicine and she was the medical director/division chief of Pediatric Emergency Medicine from 1997-2016. She also established the Reach Out and Read early literacy program at VCU in 1997 and then developed the Virginia state coalition for Reach Out and Read expanding the number of pediatric practices in the Commonwealth with Reach Out and Read from 22 to over 100 sites within three years.


Robin received her undergraduate degree in chemistry at the College of William and Mary in 1985. She attended the Medical College of Virginia, was vice president of her medical school class from 1985-1987 and received her MD degree in 1989. She completed a pediatric residency at the Medical College of Virginia in 1992 and is board certified in general pediatrics.  She completed a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at St. Christophers Hospital for Children in Philadelphia in 1996 and is board certified in pediatric emergency medicine. She is board certified in child abuse and neglect since 2011 after serving as the medical director for the Child Protective Team at Children’s Hospital of Richmond for 25 years. She has been on faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University continuously since 1996 and also was on faculty from 1992-1994 between her residency and fellowship training programs.


She served for six years as the chair of the Virginia Emergency Medical Services for Children committee and sat on the state EMS Advisory Board as the representative for the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is a member of the Virginia Child State Fatality Review team. She is a member of Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services Court Appointed Special Advocates/Criminal Justice Act Advisory Committee. She served as the legislative chair for the state chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics for 8 years from 2000-2008.   She served as the child abuse and neglect chair for the state chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics for 11 years from 1998-2009.  During that time she spent many hours testifying in front of the Virginia General Assembly and drafting legislation that focused on the protection and health of children.


She is actively involved in nonprofit organizations. She served as President of the Board for Prevent Child Abuse Virginia and Richmond Midnight Basketball League and Vice President for Richmond CASA as well as serving on the Virginia Poverty Law Center, Reach Out and Read, The New Community School and the Partnership for Families Northside Robins Foundation and the YWCA. She received the Outstanding Woman Award in Health and Science from the YWCA and the Champion for Children Award from Prevent Child Abuse Virginia in 2009. In 2013 she received the Virginia Commonwealth Attorney Child Advocate Award and the Children’s Hospital of Richmond Spirit of Advocacy Award. In 2015 she received the Governors Virginia State award and ODEMSA regional award for Outstanding Contribution to EMS for Children. In 2016 she received the Reach Out and Read Virginia State Coalition Medical Champion Award and the Medical Society Salute to Service Award for the Uninsured and Underserved. In 2017 she was inducted by the medical students into the Brown Sequard Chapter of AOA for the VCU School of Medicine. In 2019 she received the MCVP Distinguished Clinician Award for VCU Health Systems.