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Mayo Clinic- Hand Surgery
University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics
Mayo Clinic- Orthopedic Surgery
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
“You won’t get a better total joint replacement or knee ligament reconstruction or ankle arthroscopy anywhere than here.”
-Dr. James Foskett
Dr. Foskett grew up on a big dairy farm where he was the youngest of five boys.
“We milked 115 Holsteins twice a day and circulated 5,000 hogs a year. I was bailing hay at 8 years old.”
As an all-state lineman in high school, he received multiple scholarship offers but chose Northwestern University in Evanston, IL where he earned a bachelors in hearing science and went on to work with Autistic children. At 28, he returned to medical school to devote his life to surgery.
“We have a strong surgery center. Our level of technical expertise and patient care and attention is absolutely state of the art. We use all the latest and greatest. We have good people. High morale. You get a high caliber of work. I do about 300 surgeries per year. We’re having tremendous clinical success. I’ve had better outcomes here than ever in my career.”
Before coming to Divine Savior, Dr. Foskett worked in the Trauma One Center in Rockford. Dr. Foskett is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon who received his medical degree from Loyola University, completed his internship/residency in general surgery at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and did his residency in Orthopedic Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where he also completed a fellowship specializing in hand surgery.
“I believe in intuition, not just rational thought. When I operate, I see the big picture. People are body, soul, and psyche. You are operating on someone’s soul… dealing with someone’s fears and expectations. The way I talk to patients is based on what they need, and their comfort level. I’m really good at what I do and I love what I do, so I can put patients at ease — and that comfort level has an impact on outcomes.”
No wonder Dr. Foskett’s patients feel like they’re talking to a person, not just a surgeon.
“When I was eight, I told my parents I wanted to read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica cover to cover. By ten, I had done just that. And I’m still hungry for information. No matter how many surgeries I’ve done in my life, I keep myself open to learning and growing as a surgeon.”
In his free time Dr. Foskett is an active artist; he’s had showings of his work in Milwaukee. He loves the outdoors, camping, hiking and fishing, and also pilots float planes.