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, a second-year medical student, authored three resolutions passed at [AMA Interim 2018], and was elected an alternate delegate to the AMA House of Delegates.”
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.
Haidn is also 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 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.
LGBTQ+ Health Care Education
Haidn founded the online publication Pride in Practice 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 site 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.
“[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.