Education & Training

Medical School

University of Missouri School of Medicine


Obstetrics & Gynecology

  • Texas A&M University School of Medicine


Obstetrics & Gynecology

  • Texas A&M University School of Medicine


Urology, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery

  • Duke University Medical Center


American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology
American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery


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Academic Information

Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Women's Health
Division Director, Urogynecology


500 N Keene St
Columbia, MO 65201
United States

P. 573-817-3393

Research Profile

Through research, clinical programs and leadership, Dr. Ray Foster improves care for individuals and for the nation.

Foster has dedicated his entire career to helping women with urinary incontinence and vaginal prolapse. He joined the medical school faculty in 2007, and as the first trained urogynecologist to work at the University of Missouri, he was charged to build a new program to help women with incontinence, prolapse and other pelvic floor symptoms. Foster now leads the Missouri Center for Female Continence and Advanced Pelvic Surgery, which exceeds 5,000 clinic visits and 450 surgical procedures per year.

The standard of care in urogynecology is rapidly changing as new research is published. Fortunately for mid-Missouri women, much of that research is completed by Foster and his team of physicians, advanced practice nurses and basic science researchers — including the new standard for using antibiotics after urinary incontinence surgery.

Foster also seeks to impact care through involvement in positions of national leadership. He currently serves as treasurer of the American Urogynecologic Society, the nation’s flagship organization for doctors committed to helping women with pelvic symptoms adversely impacting quality of life.

Dr. Ray Foster is the medical director of urogynecology and an associate professor in the School of Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health.

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Research Interests

  • Female Incontinence
  • Voiding Dysfunction
  • Genital Prolapse
  • Sacral Neuromodulation
  • Gynecologic Surgery
  • Urinary-Tract Infection
  • Urodynamics
  • Urogynecology
  • Women's Health Care

Areas of Expertise

  • Bladder Control Problems
  • Bowel Control Problems
  • Difficulty with Emptying the Bladder or Bowel
  • Poor Support of the Pelvic Organs (Bladder, Rectum and Uterus)
  • Vaginal Fistula Involving the Urinary Tract or Bowel

Awards & Honors


  • Bronze Star Medal Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards)
  • Army Commendation Medal (5 awards)
  • Army Achievement Medal (2 awards) National Defense Service Medal (2 awards)
  • Army Service Ribbon
  • Southwest Asia Service Medal with three Bronze Stars
  • Kuwait Liberation Medal
  • Iraqi Campaign Medal
  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Bronze “M” device
  • Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon
  • Overseas Service Bar
  • Combat Infantryman’s Badge
  • Parachutist Badge Ranger Tab
  • Echelons Above Division
  • “Medic Warrior” Certificate of Achievement (Joint Readiness Training Center)


Inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha (medical honor society) as a fourth-year medical student, selected for receipt of the Claude K. Leeper, M.D. Scholarship, the Thomas W. Burns, M.D. Scholarship, the McGraw-Hill student achievement award and recipient of The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons Resident Achievement Award for 2004.