Joy Foster, M.D.

Joy Foster, M.D.

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Joy D. Foster M.D. currently serves as president of Sinkler Miller Medical Association.

Dr. Foster is the recent vice president of SMMA, and has served on the board of directors for the past six years.

She’s passionate about the organization and the opportunity to make a difference in the health and well-being of the East Bay community as well as in the lives of young people entering the medical profession.

Dr. Foster is a board-certified radiologist. A native of Los Angeles, California, she attended Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. She obtained her Doctor of Medicine from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, formerly Women’s Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1981. Following an internal medicine internship at UC Irvine, she completed a radiology residency program at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. She subsequently received her fellowship from the University of California Irvine in Computerized Tomography, MRI and Ultrasound.

While living in Long Beach, California, she served on the Board of Directors of Family Services of Long Beach and was a member of the Association of Black Women Physicians.

Dr. Foster and her family have lived in the Bay Area since 1998. She served as medical director of an outpatient imaging center in the East Bay for six years prior to going into private practice. She has authored many publications and presented both locally and nationally at the National Medical Association.

She is honored to have been mentioned in the New York Times and national best seller book The Warmth of Other Sons, which told about the migration of three individuals, one being her father, Dr. Robert P. Foster, from Monroe, Louisiana to Los Angeles, California.

When asked what has been her biggest challenge, she replied without hesitation, rappelling off a 300 foot cliff into a sinkhole in Belize. In her spare time, she and her husband Brian Muerle love to travel. They have a blended family of four young adults –  Lia, Adam, James and Alex.

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