Dr. Foster is the Managing Partner of General Medical Networks, and a Senior Managing Director at Brock Capital. Both firms are investing in digital healthcare enterprises.
Dr. Foster is an Emeritus Senior Partner of McKinsey & Company, Inc. where he founded and led several practices including the private equity practice, the Healthcare practice, the Private Equity Practice (Founder), Technology and Innovation practice (Founder), and McKinsey’s worldwide knowledge development.
Dr. Foster is also:
- Chairman of Ancera Diagnostics,
- Chairman of Panakeia.ai, (digital pathology)
- Lead Director at Zocdoc, (automatic matching of physicians and patients)
- a Director at Advantia Health (Ob/Gyn practice network).
Dr. Foster has also been a member of the boards of the , the Trust Company of the West (acquired by Société Générale), Council on Foreign Relations, the Santa Fe Institute, and the Oak Ridge National Laboratories, athenahealth and LeanTaaS (OR patient scheduling; sold to Bain Capital).
Dr. Foster is Chairman of the Medical Research Committee of the W. M. Keck Foundation, and a member of the Board of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where he a member of the Technology, Patient Care, Finance, Audit and Conflict of Interest Committees. He is also a member of the University of Illinois Venture Lab and the Carl R Woese Center for Genomic Biology.
He is the past Chair of the Presidents’ Circle of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, where he is currently a member of the Policy & Global Affairs Committee, A Member of the US – China Science Cooperation task force, and a member of the editorial board of NAE Perspectives, a publication of the US National Academy of Engineering.
Foster is a Fellow at the Creative Destruction Laboratory, a venture incubator, in Canada, the United States and the UK and Europe. He is a Chief Mentor at the Endless Frontiers Lab, a venture incubator headquartered in New York City.
Dr. Foster is a former member of the China Speakers Bureau, and the International Advisory Committee of the Tsinghua University.
Dr. Foster has written two best-selling books: Innovation: The Attacker’s Advantage (1986) and Creative Destruction (2001). Dr. Foster received his BS, MS, and PhD from Yale University in Engineering and Applied Science. He was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2008.