Angel M. Foster


Angel M. Foster, DPhil, MD, AM, is a Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa. She is also the 2011-2016 Endowed Chair in Women’s Health Research and Director of the Collaborative on Interdisciplinary Global Abortion Research.

She holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford in Middle Eastern Studies, an MD from Harvard Medical School, and both master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Stanford University. Dr. Foster is a global abortion researcher and leads projects in 22 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and North America. She has authored more than 100 articles and co-edited three books; she also led the most recent revision of the Inter-Agency Field Manual on Reproductive Health in Humanitarian Settings.

Dr. Foster serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Abortion Federation Canada, Co-Chair of the Safe Abortion Care Sub-Working Group of the Inter-Agency Working Group on Reproductive Health in Crises (IAWG), and Editor-in-Chief of Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. She received the Guttmacher Institute’s 2017 Darroch Award for Excellence in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality’s 2018 Public Service Award.

In 2023, Dr. Foster was inducted into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.