Haidn Foster is a Medical Student Scholar in Neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He advocates for patient and physician health as Alternate Delegate to the American Medical Association and Founding Editor of Pride in Practice. Haidn also researches the interactions between viruses and glioblastoma.
Health Care Advocacy
“Foster says medical student members of the AMA benefit from networking, attending events and having the chance to help shape AMA policy on a host of medical issues.”
As Alternate Delegate to the American Medical Association House of Delegates, Haidn represents the voice of thousands of medical students from across the country as a voting member of the nation’s largest and most influential organization of physicians and medical students. In the AMA, Haidn has written several successful resolutions regarding the health of sexual and gender minorities, serves on the Medical Student Section (MSS) Committee on LGBTQ+ Issues, and has evaluated medical student-authored resolutions as a member of the MSS Reference Committee.
Additionally, Haidn oversees a 14-member Executive Board as Co-President of the AMA/OSMA chapter at UCCOM, and he has raised over $17,000 for the chapter through high-profile fundraisers, successful grant applications, and external funding. He also led historically strong recruitment efforts resulting in over half of the school’s 180-person entering class joining the AMA. Finally, Haidn spearheaded the creation of the chapter’s online presence, instated a Public and Media Relations team, and implemented the chapter’s inaugural medical advocacy fair as a part of the group’s annual Advocacy Week.
“[Foster, et al.] chronicled what happened after a 69-year-old woman regularly used tap water in a neti pot to get relief from chronic sinus infections.”
In addition to his advocacy work and medical school curriculum, Haidn investigates viruses’ impacts on glioblastoma, a deadly form of brain cancer, at the Ben & Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment, in Seattle, WA. He is the author of multiple peer-reviewed publications on the subject, with numerous articles and book chapters in preparation or in press.
Haidn’s research has been covered extensively in national news outlets, including: CNN, NBC, CBS, FOX, Time Magazine, Forbes, USA Today, and more.
Prior to entering medical school, Haidn founded and ran SwayHub, an inbound marketing firm with a client portfolio of some of the leading venture-backed technology companies from around the Pacific Northwest.
Haidn received Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in English from the University of Washington as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in science from Portland State University.