Haidn Foster

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 chair of the AMA Medical Student Section and as president of Pride in Practice.

Health Care Advocacy

Haidn is chair of the American Medical Association Medical Student Section (AMA-MSS). In this role, Haidn presides 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.

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 is also a member of the American College of Physicians Ohio Council of Student Members.

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 is a former National Institutes of Health medical research scholar working in the National Cancer Institute’s Laboratory of Cellular Oncology. 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.

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. He is currently an M.D. candidate and medical student scholar in neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.