Mike Foster is an orthopaedic surgeon in Auckland, specialising in all disorders of the hand, wrist and elbow. He has a private practice at Auckland Bone and Joint Surgery, located at Ascot Hospital Greenlane in Auckland.
He also holds a public post with the Middlemore Hand Unit, at Middlemore Hospital, and is an Educator in Hand Teaching at the Middlemore Hospital, passing on his expertise in this area.
He did his medical training at the Auckland Medical School and has travelled overseas, completing fellowships in Toronto, Canada; Wrightington Hospital, in Manchester, England and Brisbane Hospital, Brisbane, Australia.
In Toronto, from June – December 2008, he undertook a fellowship at Western Hospital. This is the leading hand unit in Toronto, specialising in replantations and complex hand problems.
From January – June 2009, he undertook a Fellowship at Wrightington Hospital, Manchester. This hospital is renowned as being the first in the world, to undertake the first Charnley procedure (Total Hip Joint replacement). He worked with Professor Stanley, in the Upper Limb unit, – covering hand wrist and elbow specialties, and Mr Ian Traill, who is a world leader in orthopaedics.
From July 2009 – June 2010, he undertook a fellowship at Brisbane Hospital, and worked with Mark Ross, who is one of the leading Upper Limb specialists in Australasia, and his colleagues.
He has also undertaken extensive Fellowships in New Zealand, with leading upper limb specialists.
On a personal note, he is married to Pip and has two daughters, Danielle and Isabella. He has a passion for the water, and all it encompasses. He is an avid sailor, taking part in sailing and enjoying what the great New Zealand beaches have to offer.