Robin Foster, M.D.

Pediatric emergency medicine chair receives statewide honor

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The chair of the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Children's Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University has received the prestigious Virginia Governor’s EMS Award for Outstanding Contribution for Children.

Robin Foster, M.D., a longtime advocate for children and pediatric health care in Virginia and medical director of pediatric emergency medicine at CHoR, received the honor on Saturday at an awards ceremony held in conjunction with the 36th annual Virginia EMS Symposium in Norfolk.

Each year, the statewide award recognizes an individual or organization that exemplifies outstanding dedication and service to the contribution, development and enhancement of EMS for children in Virginia.

 “It is overwhelming to receive this recognition for that work when every day I see the sacrifices and the commitment of [Office of Emergency Medical Services] and EMS providers to the health and well-being of every person in the commonwealth,” Foster said.

Foster has served on numerous local, regional and state committees, including serving as chair of the Virginia Emergency Medical Services for Children Committee and the Virginia EMS Symposium Program Committee, where she advocated strongly for a pediatric track.

Foster also has worked to shape the current child abuse and neglect laws for Virginia, and aided in the creation of the Child Protective Team of Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU, which evaluates, diagnoses and treats children who have been sexually or physically abused or neglected.

“I am also very committed to serving the child victims of abuse and neglect within the commonwealth,” she said. “We have a dedicated clinic that was established in 1992 by Dr. Zanga Baron and myself and our team now sees 800 to 1,000 patients per year who are alleged victims of abuse and neglect.”


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