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 delegate and region delegation chair to the American Medical Association and president of Pride in Practice. Haidn also researches the interactions between viruses and glioblastoma.
LGBTQ+ Health Care Education
Haidn founded Pride in Practice, a 501(c)(3) public charity, to advance the state of LGBTQ+ health care by empowering providers to give excellent care for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and differences in sex development. The publication has featured voices on the cutting edge of LGBTQ-inclusive care, covering topics such as developing a transgender medicine curriculum, mitigating health disparities affecting bisexual patients, building a transgender-inclusive practice, and more.
Haidn has also written for publications such as Medscape and KevinMD on improving LGBTQ+ health care and medical education. Recognizing his work advocating for the LGBTQ+ community, Haidn received the 2019 University of Cincinnati LGBTQ Student Activist Award.
Health Care Advocacy
“Haidn… balances research and advocacy to make the medical field more inclusive and supportive for LGBTQ+ students, providers, and patients.”
As delegate and region delegation chair to the American Medical Association House of Delegates, Haidn represents thousands of medical students from across the country as a 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 and vice chair of the MSS Reference Committee. He is also the MSS Region 5 vice chair, helping to lead a region that includes all medical student members of the AMA from Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Indiana, and West Virginia. Haidn is also an AMA ambassador, helping to promote the work of the American Medical Association and increase member engagement.
A member of the Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA), Haidn has additionally served on Resolutions Committees for both the OSMA House of Delegates and the OSMA Medical Student Section, and was delegate to the OSMA House of Delegates.
During his tenure as co-president of the AMA/OSMA chapter at UCCOM, Haidn raised over $18,000 for the chapter. He led historically strong recruitment efforts resulting in over half of the school’s 180-person entering class joining the AMA, spearheaded the creation of the chapter’s online presence, instated a public 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 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.