Rev. James K. Foster, C.S.C.
Assistant Dean of Health Sciences and Director, Center for Health Sciences Advising
University of Notre Dame
Rev. James Foster, C.S.C., directs the Center for Health Sciences Advising and serves as chair of the Preprofessional Studies program. He closely monitors developments within the health profession admissions process including new schools, course requirements, and curriculum developments. Father Foster joined the Department of Preprofessional Studies in 1997 and became chair of the program in 2005. He earned his B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Notre Dame in 1977 and earned his M.D. degree in 1981 from the University of Illinois Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine. He completed his training in Internal Medicine (1984) and Infectious Diseases (1986) at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, Ill. and was board certified in both areas. After several years in private practice, Father Foster entered the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1989 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1995. He also completed a Clinical Ethics Fellowship at the University of Chicago School of Medicine in 1997 and has been teaching an introduction to clinical ethics course and humanism and medicine course for Notre Dame's prehealth students since that time. He has also served as an in-residence chaplain in Knott Hall, as well as a chaplain for the Notre Dame Glee Club and Notre Dame Marching Band.