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Cortney B. Foster, DO

Academic Title:

Associate Professor

Primary Appointment:


Additional Title:

Fellowship Director


110 S. Paca St., 8th Floor, Ste. 820

Phone (Primary):




Education and Training

2009-2012: Fellow of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC

2008-2009:  Chief Resident of Pediatrics, University of Maryland Medical System, Baltimore, MD

2005-2008:  Resident of Pediatrics, University of Maryland Medical System, Baltimore, MD

2001-2005:  Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine, Pikeville, KY, Doctor of Osteopathy

1996-2000:  Bates College, Lewiston, ME

Board Certification:

2009-Present: American Board of Pediatrics

2012- Present: Pediatric Critical Care


Cortney Foster is a pediatric intensivist who is board certified in both pediatric critical care and general pediatrics. She completed her residency and chief residency at the University of Maryland. She completed a pediatric critical care fellowship at Children’s National Medical Center and then returned to the University of Maryland in 2012 to join the faculty team. Her interests include fellow, resident and medical student education and she serves as the Director for the Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship program. Her research interests include firearm injuries in pediatrics, outcomes in pediatric critical care, NIRS, congenital heart disease, and team dynamics. 

Research/Clinical Keywords

Firearm injuries in pediatrics, Outcomes in pediatric critical care, Respiratory Failure, Near-Infrared Spectroscopy

Highlighted Publications

  •  Foster CB, Simone S, Bagdure D, et al: Optimizing Team Dynamics: An Assessment of Physician Trainees and Advance Practice Providers Collaborative Practice.Pediatric Crit Care Med2016; 17: e430–e436  
  • Foster CB, Spaeder MC, McCarter RJ, Cheng YI, Berger JT. (2013). The use of near-infrared spectroscopy during an extubation readiness trial as a predictorof extubation outcome.Pediatric Crit Care Med2013; 14(6): 587-592 
  • BagdureD, Foster C, Lee J, Garber N, Holloway A, Custer J, Soto-Campos G, Brundage N, Day J, BhuttaA, Gordon C. The Burden of Gun Violence in Pediatric Intensive Care Units in the United States. Critical Care Medicine. 2019; 47(1): 177. doi: 10.1097/ 
  • Muller M, Foster C, Lee J, Bauer C, BorC, Buck L, Hicks F, Day J, BagdureD, Holloway A, Chaves A. The utility of guaiac stool testing in the detection of gastrointestinal complications in infants with critical congenital heart disease. Cardiology in the Young. 2019; 29(5): 655-659. doi:10.1017/S1047951119000659 
  • Foster CB, Cabrera A, BagdureD, BlackwelderW, Moffett B, Holloway A, MishcherkinV, BhuttaA. Characteristics and outcomes of children with congenital heart disease needing diaphragm plication. Cardiology in the Young. 2020; 30(1):62-65. doi:10.1017/S1047951119002671 
  • BagdureD, Custer JW,Foster CB, BlackwelderW, MishcherkinV, PortenoyA, BhuttaA. The Impact of Dedicated Cardiac Intensive Care Units on Outcomes in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery: A Virtual Pediatric Systems Database Analysis. Journal of Pediatric Intensive Care. 2021;10(3):174-179. doi:10.1055/s-0040-1714718 
  • BagdureD, Foster CB, Garber N, et al. Outcomes of Children with Firearm Injuries Admitted to the PICU in the United States. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 2021; 22(11): 944-949. doi:10.1097/PCC.0000000000002785 
  • Foster C, BagdureD, Custer J, Holloway A, RycusP, Day J, BhuttaA. Outcomes of pediatric patients with sepsis related to Staphylococcus Aureus and MethicillinResistant Staphylococcus Aureus infections requiring Extracorporeal Life Support: An ELSO Database study. Frontiers in Pediatrics. 2021; 9:706638. doi:10.3389/fped.2021.706638