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  Meet Dr Mark Foster  
  Orthopedic Surgeon by Kathy Moran  

Dr Mark Foster Orthopedic Surgeon


Dr. Mark Foster, PhD, MD, FACS, is the Director of the Orthopaedic Spine Specialists of Western Pennsylvania, P.C. He is a general orthopaedics practitioner with a sub-specialty in pathological, congenital, and degenerative conditions of the spine, as well as traumatic spinal injuries.


   “The only things more common than low back pain that prompt people to visit their doctors are colds and upper respiratory infections,” says Dr. Foster. “That’s understandable, because, unfortunately, spinal conditions can be painful and debilitating enough to interfere with a person’s ability to work, and even to perform simple, everyday activities. These afflictions require comprehensive treatments, tailored specifically to each patient’s individual needs.”


   There’s no doubt that those under his care are in good hands. Dr. Foster has been practicing medicine in Pennsylvania since 1980. With decades of surgical experience, he has served on the Board of Directors of the American Back Society for over 20 years. Comprised of chiropractors, osteopaths, neurologists, rheumatologists, and other doctors of various disciplines, the  organization promotes collaborations across


specialties to achieve the optimum care for patients.


   As a PhD, Dr. Foster is also relentlessly dedicated to research, and is enthusiastic about exploring and envisioning new possibilities for treatments. A member of the North American Spine Society, he was appointed to the select Biologics Committee. Also having served on committees that emphasize complementary and alternative medicines, he was a member of the task force for Manipulation, Mobilization, and Massage.


   In addition, he was invited to the round table discussion on prolotherapy, which is designed to stimulate the body to repair, or regenerate, itself. Dr. Foster uses this technique to correct the underlying causes of a number of painful, degenerative conditions. His many other effective, comprehensive treatments include medications, injections, physical therapy, minimally-invasive surgery, post-operative rehabilitation, and pain management.


   He also believes that having trust in a doctor is equally essential to a person’s recovery. Therefore, Dr. Foster ensures that patients understand every aspect of their conditions, as well as the proposed


solutions, so that they can make informed decisions about their health care. “Our office is extremely user-friendly,” he says. “My patients know that I will always be honest in addressing their concerns, answering their questions, and explaining everything in detail.”


   To promote widespread awareness of the intricate issues associated with back pain, and the need for complete, customized care, Dr. Foster authored a book, entitled, Back Pain: Putting It Behind You!


   Besides his orthopaedics practice, Dr. Foster provides independent medical exams (IME), through Status Reports, LLC, for insurance and worker’s compensation cases.


For further information, or to contact Dr. Foster, call 412-391-5544, or visit, or

Status Reports LLC

We provide medical legal examiners experienced in Independent Medical Examinations, Record Reviews, Depositions and Court Appearances.


Status Reports provides comprehensive, objective medical evaluations to attorneys, insurance companies and workmen’s compensation providers. We prepare you for the current and future medical information needed for your case. We can meet your needs with timely and responsive service. Exams can be scheduled for all types of issues including:

  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Personal Injury
  • Disability
  • Pre-employment Physicals
  Status Reports can help you:  
  • Clarify causal relation, injury or patient disease

  • Define current medical status
  • Assess maximal medical improvement

  • Confirm diagnosis and treatment
  • Evaluate prognosis, need for further treatment

  • Assess need for surgery, medical necessity, second opinions

  • Assess work capacity, schedule Functional Capacity Exams
  • Conduct medical record reviews
  • Diagnostic exam review of X-rays, MRI’s, CT scans

  • Schedule and interpret testing – NCV, EMG, SSEP

  • Fit for duty exams, carpal tunnel screening pre-hire
  • Identify work restrictions or consider accommodations

  • Provide expert medical testimony
  Corporate Office  
  Status Reports, LLC  
  425 First Ave @ Cherry Way, 4th Floor  
  Pittsburgh, PA 15219  
  Phone: 412-227-1998  
  Grove City Office  
  201 B Erie Street  
  Grove City, PA 16127  

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