Haidn Foster

Haidn Foster, M.D. is a resident physician in Internal Medicine at Penn State Health. He advocates for patient and physician health as immediate-past chair of the AMA Medical Student Section and as president of Pride in Practice.

Health Care Advocacy

Haidn is immediate-past chair of the American Medical Association Medical Student Section (AMA-MSS). As chair, Haidn presided over the AMA-MSS governing council, helping to direct the programs and activities of the AMA-MSS and acting as chief spokesperson for the section’s 55,000+ medical student members.

Haidn currently serves on the American Medical Association Resident and Fellow Section (AMA-RFS) Committee on RFS Internal Operating Procedures Revisions.

Previously, Haidn served as delegate and region delegation chair to the AMA House of Delegates and has written extensive policy focused on improving the health of sexual and gender minorities. Haidn has evaluated resolutions through service on multiple AMA-MSS Reference Committees and AMA Reference Committee C (Medical Education). He additionally served on the AMA Committee on Rules and Credentials and the AMA Section Leadership Retreat Steering Committee. Haidn is an AMA ambassador.

In the AMA Medical Student Section, Haidn served for several years on the Committee on LGBTQ+ Affairs and is past Region 5 vice chair, helping to lead the region comprising Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Indiana, and West Virginia members of the AMA-MSS.

Haidn’s other roles in organized medicine include serving in the Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA) House of Delegates and on the OSMA Policy Task Force as well as Resolutions Committees for both the OSMA and OSMA-MSS. Haidn was also a member of the American College of Physicians (ACP) Ohio Council of Student Members, and he has served as an ACP alternate delegate to the AMA House of Delegates.

In 2020, Haidn was awarded the AMA Foundation’s Ohio Physicians of Tomorrow scholarship.

LGBTQ+ Health Care Education

“Haidn… balances research and advocacy to make the medical field more inclusive and supportive for LGBTQ+ students, providers, and patients.”

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 and the 2021 University of Cincinnati Sawyer P. Pardo Endowment Award.

Cancer Research

Haidn was a 2020-2021 National Institutes of Health medical research scholar. During his time at the NIH, Haidn investigated the role of BK polyomavirus on the development of bladder cancer.

Haidn also researched the impacts of cytomegalovirus on glioblastoma, a deadly form of brain cancer, at the Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment, in Seattle, WA. He is the author of multiple peer-reviewed publications on the subject, and his work has been covered extensively in national news outlets, including: CNN, NBC, CBS, FOX, Time Magazine, Forbes, USA Today, and more.

In 2022, Haidn received the University of Cincinnati’s Rosalie Kramer Award for exceptional interest in research in Internal Medicine.

Before Medicine

Prior to his journey in medicine, 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. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.