Haidn Foster

Haidn Foster is a medical student scholar in neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and medical research scholar at the National Institutes of Health. He advocates for patient and physician health as delegate and region delegation chair to the American Medical Association, as president of Pride in Practice, and on the executive committee of the Kenton County Democratic Party in Kentucky.

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 as vice chair of 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 the immediate past MSS Region 5 vice chair and helped 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. During the 2020 Annual meeting of the AMA, Haidn served on the AMA’s Committee on Rules and Credentials.

Haidn is delegate to the Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA) House of Delegates, serves on the OSMA Policy Task Force, and has served on Resolutions Committees for both the OSMA House of Delegates and the OSMA Medical Student Section.

Haidn serves on the American College of Physicians Ohio Council of Student Members.

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

Cancer Research

“[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.”

Haidn is a National Institutes of Health medical research scholar working in the National Cancer Institute’s Laboratory of Cellular Oncology under the mentorship of Gabriel Starrett, Ph.D. At the NIH, Haidn is investigating the role of BK polyomavirus on the development of bladder cancer.

Haidn previously investigated 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 research has been covered extensively in national news outlets, including: CNN, NBC, CBS, FOX, Time Magazine, Forbes, USA Today, and more.

Before Medicine

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.