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Carol A. Foster, MD

Associate Professor

Carol A. Foster

Director of the Balance Laboratory, University of Colorado Hospital

Clinical Office:

1635 N. Aurora Court, 6th Floor
Aurora, CO 80045

Appointments:  720-848-2820

Academic Office:

12631 E. 17th Avenue, B205
Aurora, CO 80045

Phone: 303-724-1950
Fax: 303-724-1961

Hospital Affiliations:

University of Colorado Hospital

Clinical Interests:

Vestibular evaluation and rehabilitation

Subspecialty Training: Clinical neurotology


Medical School

(1981) MD, University of California San Diego School of Medicine, San Diego, CA


(1981-1982) Internship, Surgery, University of California San Diego School of Medicine, San Diego, CA

(1982-1983) Residency, Head and Neck Surgery, University of California San Diego Medical Center, San Diego, CA


(1993-1994) NIH Fellowship, Neuro-otology,  University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

(1994-1995) Otolaryngology, University of Colorado

2014 - Champion of Vestibular Medicine Award, Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA)

2007 - Guide to America's Top Physicians Consumer's Research Council of America

1996 - APL Alumnus of Point Loma

1990, 2009 - Who's Who in America

1983 - Who's Who of American Women

1977-1990 - Outstanding Young Women of America

1977 - Bachelor of Arts Degree, Awarded Summa Cum Laude

1977 - Phi Delta Lambda, Honor Society

1977 - Valedictorian, Point Loma College

Published Articles - Peer Reviewed Journals

Nakashima T, Pyykko I, Arroll M, Casselbrant M, Foster CA, Manzoor N, Megerian C,  Naganawa S, Young YH. Meniere Disease. Nature Reviews Disease Primers 2016. 

Seong-Hae J, Foster CA, Strong D. Preserved Ocular Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potential to Head Tap in a Patient with Positive Head-Heave. Research in Vestibular Science 2015:14; 152-154.

Foster CA, Pollard CK.  Comparison of caloric reactivity between migraineurs and non-migraineurs. The Journal of Laryngology & Otology 2015:129; 960–963.  

Foster CA, Optimal Management of Meniere’s disease. Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management: February 2015 Volume 2015:11; 301—307.
Foster CA, Breeze RE: The Meniere attack: An ischemia/reperfusion disorder of inner ear sensory tissues. Medical Hypotheses 2013:81; 1108-1115. Published online 25 Oct 2013 doi:10.1016/j.mehy.2013.10.015.
Foster CA, Breeze RE: Endolymphatic hydrops in Meniere’s Disease: Cause, Consequence, or Epiphenomenon? Otology & Neurotology 2013:34; 1210-1214.

Foster CA, Ponnappan A, Zaccaro K, Strong D: A comparison of two home exercises for benign positional vertigo: Half somersault vs. Epley maneuver. Audiology & Neurotology EXTRA 2012; 2:16-23 (DOI: 10.1159/000337947). 

Foster CA, Zaccaro K, Strong D: Canal Conversion and Re-entry: A Risk of Dix-Hallpike During Canalith Repositioning Procedures.  Otology & Neurotology 2012: 33:199-203.

Foster CA, Jabbour P: Barre-Lieou syndrome and the problem of the obsolete eponym.  Jl Laryngology & Otology, 2007: 121:680-683.  Published online Oct 2006.

Edwards MT, Foster CA, Gabbard, SA, Moore K, Dyhrkopp, P:A clinical comparison of computerized infrared video nystagmography with standard electronystagmography. Journal of Investigative Medicine 1999: 47:80A.
Foster CA, Dyhrkopp PJ: Noonan’s syndrome with sensorineural hearing loss and vestibular abnormalities. Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, 1998; 119:508-510.
Foster CA, Demer JL, Morrow MJ, Baloh RW: Deficits of gaze stability in multiple axes following unilateral vestibular lesions. Experimental Brain Research, 1997; 116:501-509.
Baloh RW, Foster CA, Yue Q, Nelson SF: Familial migraine with vertigo and essential tremor.  Neurology, 1996; 46:458-460.
Foster CA, Vestibular rehabilitation. Bailliere's Clinical Neurology, 1994 3(3):577-591.
Foster CA, Foster BD, Spindler J, Harris JP: Functional loss of the horizontal doll's eye reflex following unilateral vestibular lesions. Laryngoscope, 1994;140:473-8.

Published Articles—Reviews, online works and non-peer reviewed articles

Youtube: Carol Foster, MD Vertigo Treatment. Posted August 2013. Demonstration of half somersault maneuver. (online)
Foster CA, The Big Three: Dizziness in Women.  Women’s Integrated Series in Health newsletter and online article archive, UC Denver, 2012, Fall issue Vol 19.

Foster CA, Balance and dizziness disorders website.  Extensive symptom and disease database for patients. Marion Downs Hearing Center, 2006, last update 2013. (online)

Rabie AN, Foster CA, Canalith-Repositioning Maneuvers. Medscape Reference, 2009, last update 2012. (online)

Foster CA, VEMP: A new test of vestibular function.  The ENT Examiner, Newsletter of the Department of Otolaryngology, UCHSC, 2005 3(2):2.


Published Articles--Invited chapters and dissertation

Foster CA, Evaluation of the Vestibular System. In Scholes, MA and Ramakrishnan VR (Ed.) ENT Secrets, 4th Ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier, Hanley & Befus, 2015.
Foster CAUnilateral Sudden Loss of Vestibular function and Vestibular Neuritis. In: Dispenza F and De Stefano A (ed.) Vertigo: Diagnosis and Management. London:Jaypee Brothers Medical, 2013, p. 115-127.
Foster CA, Vestibular disorders. In: Jafek BW (ed). ENT Secrets, 3rd Ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier,Hanley and Belfus, 2005, p.79-84.
Foster CA, Evaluation of the dizzy patient. In: Jafek BW (ed). Otolaryngology Secrets, 3rd Ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier, Hanley and Belfus, 2005, p.73-78.
Foster CA, Vestibular disorders. In: Jafek BW & Murrow B (ed). Otolaryngology Secrets, 2nd Ed. Philadelphia: Hanley and Belfus, 2001, p.81-85.
Foster CA, Evaluation of the dizzy patient. In: Jafek BW & Morrow B (ed). Otolaryngology Secrets, 2nd Ed. Philadelphia: Hanley and Belfus, 2001, p.74-80.
Foster CA, Baloh RW: Drug Therapy for Vertigo. In: Baloh RW & Halmagyi GW (eds). Disorders of the Vestibular System. New York:Oxford University Press 1996, p.541-550.
Stark AK, Foster CA, Evaluation of the dizzy patient. In: Jafek BW, Stark AK (eds). Otolaryngology Secrets. Philadelphia:Hanley and Belfus, 1996, p.47-53.
Stark AK, Foster CA, Vestibular disorders. In: Jafek BW, Stark AK (eds). Otolaryngology Secrets. Philadelphia:Hanley and Belfus, 1996, p.53-57.
Foster CA and Baloh RW: Episodic vertigo. In: Rakel RE (ed): Conn's Current Therapy.  Philadelphia:Saunders, 1995, p. 837-841.

Foster CA, Childbirth Traditions and Maternal and Perinatal Morbidity and Mortality in the Middle Wahgi Area of Papua New Guinea. Doctoral Dissertation, University of California San Diego School of Medicine, 1981.

Published abstracts
Isaradisaikul, S, Foster CA, Gabbard S, Strong D: VEMP absence, caloric weakness, and hearing loss. Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery 2006, 135: P132. doi:10.1016/j.otohns.2006.06.834
Foster CA, Demer JD, Morrow M, Baloh RW: Gaze deficits following unilateral vestibular lesions. Neurology, 1994; 44(Supp 2):A310-311.

Research Focus

Benign Positional Vertigo
Meniere Disease
Migraine associated Dizziness

American Medical Association

Academy of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery

(2012, 2017) Traumatic Brain Injury Task Force, Medical Treatment Guidelines Reviewer, State of Colorado Division of Workers Compensation

(2013) Vertigo Pathway Protocol Development, Continuous Quality Improvement Committee, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Colorado

(2006-2010) Marion Down Hearing Center Foundation, Board of Directors

(2003) Compensation/Finance Committee ENT 

(1996-2003) Faculty Senator

(1998) Resident Selection Committee

(1998-1999) Chairman, Search Committee for Department administrator, University of Colorado Health Science Center, Department of Otolaryngology

(1995-1996) Chairman, Search Committee for Otologist, University of Colorado Health Science Center, Deparment of Otolaryngology