Dr. Clare Foss joins Harbin Clinic Dermatology Cartersville

Clinical Dermatologist Dr. Clare Foss has a mission: to encourage people to live healthier lives, while at the same time, having them feel comfortable and confident in their own skin.

Such was the case with a teenage girl who Dr. Foss treated more than a year ago at a clinic where she worked in Aspen, CO.

“She had alopecia areata, which is an autoimmune hair loss disorder,” explains Dr. Foss. “She had large bald patches on her head, and that’s really difficult for a young girl in high school to go through. It was a hard time for her.”

The teen would wear large headbands and hats to disguise her hair loss, Dr. Foss says, but after working with the girl’s disorder for months, she started responding to treatments. Her hair was growing back and, as a result, her spirits skyrocketed.

“She ran up to me in the clinic one day and showed me a picture of her with her hair styled beautifully,” recalls Dr. Foss. “She was so excited and so thankful because she got to wear her hair the way she wanted to for her prom. That was one of those moments that make me think, ‘That’s exactly why I do this.’”

Dr. Foss joins Harbin Clinic Dermatology Cartersville, and General Surgeon Dr. Greg McDonald says she’s an excellent addition to the Harbin Clinic Cartersville team.

“We’re thrilled to have Dr. Foss joining us at Harbin Clinic Dermatology Cartersville,” says Dr. McDonald. “She’s a fantastic addition to the health care team we’ve assembled, and I know she’s going to give unparalleled care to our patients.” 

It Runs In The Family

Dr. Foss says her drive to help others take control of their health stems from seeing her own father, Harbin Clinic Cardiothoracic Surgeon Dr. Daniel M Goldfaden, do the same.

“My dad is a huge inspiration for me,” she says. “He’s been practicing with Harbin Clinic for more than three decades, and seeing how he loves helping others steered my interest toward health care.”

“Dermatology is an underserved medical specialty in our region, so we’re delighted to have a quality dermatologist joining us,” says Dr. Goldfaden. “On a personal note, I’m ecstatic to have my daughter, son-in-law and two grandkids back close to home. It couldn’t have worked out any better.”

Dr. Foss says when she was younger, she was fascinated with biology and health sciences in school. In fact, when she was in high school, she would scrub up alongside her father and work in the operating room.

“I was a profusion assistant, which is someone who runs the heart and lung machine during a surgery,” she says. “I would do some blood draws and help them watch the machines. It was a very cool experience for me when I was younger.”

A native of Rome, Dr. Foss and her husband John were high school sweethearts during their days at Darlington School, and both furthered their educations at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

After earning her Bachelor of Science degree, Dr. Foss received her Medical Doctorate degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

She completed both her internship in internal medicine and her residency in dermatology at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA. There, she completed her fellowship in Clinical Dermatology Research at Virginia Clinical Research, Inc. From 2012 to 2017, she worked at Aspen/Vail Dermatology in Colorado.

A member of the American Academy of Dermatology and the Women’s Dermatologic Society, Dr. Foss’ medical focus is in both clinical and cosmetic dermatology.

“I treat lots of clinical conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, skin cancer and perform surgeries, but I also do cosmetic work such as botox,” says Dr. Foss. “I’m all about making sure my patients are happy and healthy.”

All Roads Lead to Harbin Clinic Cartersville

After five years in breathtaking Colorado, Dr. Foss says she and her husband decided it was important to raise their children near family. When they were preparing to move back, the only place Dr. Foss considered working was Harbin Clinic.

“My dad has worked as a Harbin physician for years, so I’m very familiar with Harbin’s high standards of patient care and also its attitude toward the community,” says Dr. Foss. “Harbin Clinic is very supportive of its patients, community causes, its physicians and staff. I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else.”

Now, Dr. Foss, her husband and their children 6-year-old Landon and 4-year-old Brady, are excited to be back in North Georgia where they plan to stay active. Dr. Foss says her family enjoys hiking, swimming, fishing and boating together, and it’s an added bonus to be living among extended family again.

“We’re comfortable and at home here in North Georgia, and serving the Bartow County community is going to be a joy,” says Dr. Foss. “I’m thankful to be with Harbin Clinic and I can’t wait to care completely for my patients.”