Shikha jain, mD, fACP

Dr. Shikha Jain is a board-certified hematology and oncology physician. She is an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Cell Therapy at the University of Illinois Cancer Center in Chicago. She is the Director of Communication Strategies in Medicine and the Associate Director of Oncology Communication & Digital Innovation. 

 Dr. Jain was named one of Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Emerging Leaders in 2019, and was also awarded the Rising Star award by the LEAD Oncology Conference in 2019 and nominated in in 2020 as a Women Leader in Oncology.  Dr. Jain was selected as a ResearcHERS ambassador by the American Cancer Society, and was honored by 500 Women in Medicine.  She was appointed to the 2020 American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Women’s Networking Center taskforce, the 2021 ASCO Diversity and Inclusivity Task Force, and appointed to the Council on Communications and Membership Advocacy and the COVID19 taskforce for the the the Illinois State Medical Society. 

She is a founder and the Chief Operating Officer of the COVID19 action and advocacy group IMPACT and a founder and the Chair of the Women In Medicine Summit. She founded and co-chaired the inaugural Women In Medicine Symposium at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago in 2018 focused on promoting the advancement of women physicians at Northwestern. She is the co-founder of the Rush Center for the Advancement of Women in Health Care.

Dr. Jain gave a TEDx talk in 2019 on the gender moonshot and the importance of gender parity in healthcare. She has been invited to speak and deliver keynotes nationally and has spoken at the Harvard Medical School Career Advancement and Leadership Skills for Women in Healthcare, the Becker’s Healthcare Conference, the American College of Physicians and others. She speaks  on the impact of media and social media on healthcare, ways to demystify cancer care with open communication and education, physician leadership, mentorship, writing in medicine, and gender equity. She has been interviewed on a variety of healthcare and equity topics on local and national tv and radio programming and is a regular contributor to Fox32 News. She writes for several national publications including  US News, The Hill, Scientific American, the Chicago Tribune, Physician’s Weekly,  Doximity,  KevinMD, ASCO Connection and others. She was selected as a thought leader by Doximity and completed a year as a Doximity writing fellow. She was also chosen to be a Public Voices fellow as a part of the OpEd project.

Dr Jain is the host of the podcast Oncology Overdrive by Healio, and  the founder and former host of the podcast “The Rush Cast.”  She is the founder of the social media group Dual Physician Families and the Communictations Ambassador for SoMeDocs (Doctors on Social Media). 

Her clinical focus is GI oncology with a special interest in neuroendocrine tumors.  Her research interests include neuroendocrine tumors, immunotherapy, colorectal and pancreatic cancers, hepatocellular carcinoma advances in cancer therapy, the impact of social media and healthcare and gender equity.  She has many papers published in peer-reviewed journals. She developed the neuroendocrine tumor board and program at Rush and moved the program from the inpatient to the outpatient setting.

Along with her clinical practice, she tries to incorporate patient education and outreach as often as possible. With the proper tools and guidance, she works with her patients as a team to treat the disease and helps them move through an often difficult process together with as little stress as possible. She believes in personalized and individualized care, and also feels the more knowledge a patient has about their own disease, the more informed a decision they are able to make.

Twitter: @ShikhaJainMD

Instagram: @ShikhaJainMD

aSSISTANT chair:

WIMS HeForShe track




Laurie Baedke is a faculty member and Director of Healthcare Leadership Programs at Creighton University.


A sought-after speaker and author with broad experience building companies, and leading organizational change, Laurie has specific expertise in healthcare management, emotional intelligence, and strengths based leadership. She is an active mentor and advisor to senior executives, physician leaders, early careerists, and entrepreneurs.


Laurie holds a bachelor’s degree in human services and business administration and a master’s degree in healthcare administration. At age 26, she became the youngest individual to achieve board certification as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), and is also a board certified Fellow of the American College of Medical Practice Executives. Laurie has been certified by The Gallup Organization as a Strengths Performance Coach since 2006.


Laurie is the recipient of numerous awards. Professionally, she has served on four national committees for ACHE, and is a current member of the ACHE of Nebraska and Western Iowa Chapter board of directors. She also serves a variety of civic and community organizations, including current appointments on the Omaha Bridges Out of Poverty Board of Directors Executive Committee and the Leadership Omaha Curriculum Committee.


Laurie holds a faculty appointment at Creighton University’s Heider College of Business, where she serves as director of the Executive MBA in Healthcare Management program.


Her first book, titled The Emerging Healthcare Leader: A Field Guide, was published by ACHE’s Health Administration Press in 2015. She contributed a chapter; The Clinician Entrepreneur, to a book published by Oxford Press in April, 2017 titled The Handbook of Private Practice. And, most recently, a second edition of her book, The Emerging Healthcare Leader: A Field Guide, was published ACHE’s Health Administration Press in March, 2018.


Laurie lives just outside of Omaha, Nebraska with her husband and two children.

aSSISTANT chair:

WIMS HeForShe track

Thomas Varghese Jr, MD,FACS

Dr. Thomas Varghese Jr. is the Executive Medical Director at Huntsman Cancer Institute, Head of the Section of General Thoracic Surgery, Program Director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship, and an Associate Professor (Tenure-track) in the department of Surgery at the University of Utah. 


Dr. Varghese holds national leadership positions in the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Thoracic Surgery Directors Association, American College of Surgeons, Society of University Surgeons, and Surgical Outcomes Club. He is co-chair of the Association of Women Surgeons #HeforShe Taskforce, and a health services researcher who helped create the American College of Surgeons Strong for Surgery program ( ) and has RO1 funding from the National Cancer Institute on the role of Precision Exercise Prescription (PEP) for elective lung cancer surgical resection.


Tom spends his free time with his family, as well as actively engaging on social media via Twitter (@tomvarghesejr )


Abstract/Research Committee

  • Vidya Sundareshan, MDMD, MPH, FACP, FIDSA (lead)

  • Parul Barry, MD

  • Sheila Dugan, MD

  • Tochukwu M Okwuosa, DO

  • Neelum Aggarwal, MD

  • Nancy Church, MD

  • Samantha Wolfe, MD

  • Margaret Pichardo

  • Nisha Mohindra, MD

  • Lekshmi Santhosh MD, MA

  • Ashley Vavra, MS, MD

  • Tiffany Leung, MD, MPH

  • Katayoun Madani MS, MD (editor)


He for She Committee

  • Thomas Varghese MD, MS, FACS

  • Laurie Baedke FACHE, FACMPE 

Award Committee

  • Julie Oyler MD (lead)

  • Oluwatoyin (Toyin) Adeyemi, MD

  • Priya Kumthekar, MD

  • Vidhya Prakash MD, FACP, FIDSA

  • Chrissy Babcock MD MSc FACEP FAAEM

  • Charu Gupta, MD

  • Ailda Nika, MD

  • Tina Sundaram, MD


Newsletter Committee

  • Lakshmi Tummala MD (lead)

  • Ajanta Patel MD

  • Jennifer Romanello 

  • Carolyn Clayton

Mentorship/Sponsorship (students)

  • Neelum Aggarwal (lead)

  • Ani Gangopadhyaya

  • Ami Shah

  • Shana Ross

  • Monika Pitzele

  • Mildred Olivier, MD, BS

Sponsorship Committee

  • Swati Deshmukh MD(lead)

  • Margaret Pichardo

  • Ailda Nika MD

  • Anna Volerman Beaser MD

  • Pavitra Kotini-Shah  MD




Endorsements Committee

  • Ami Shah (Lead)

  • Kathy Tynus MD

  • Ann Schultz MD, FACP

  • Neelum Aggarwal MD

  • Nancy Church, MD

Medical Students/Volunteer Committee

  • Ani Gangopadhyaya  MD (lead) 

  • Neelum Aggarwal MD

  • Shiva Barforoshi

  • Jaqueline Brosius MD

  • Karen Ho MD

  • Alexa Soult MD

  • Maren Loe

  • Jeanette Zhang MD

  • Margaret S. Pichardo

  • Nimisha Kumar MD

  • Neha Nimmagadda MD

  • Christi Brown

Social Media Committee

  • Shikha Jain (faculty lead)

  • Tricia Pendergrast (student lead)

  • Swati Devendra Deshmukh MD

  • Vinny Arora MD, MAPP

  • Summera Majeed

  • Joanna Bisgrove, MD

  • Dallas Holladay, MD

  • Sobia Ansari MD, MPH

  • Sara Hock MD

  • Julie Oyler MD

  • Vanessa Petrak MD

  • Danielle Wishart

  • Christi Brown

  • Lawren Wooten, MS

  • Eve Bloomgarden, MD


Resident/Young Faculty Networking Committee

  • Anjana Pillai MD (lead)

  • Rosalinda Alvarado MD

  • Lakshmi Tummala MD

  • Stephanie Kielb MD

  • Abhaya Trivedi MD

  • Manpreet Singh MD

  • Dayle Davenport MD

  • Kate Gerull


Northwestern Memorial Hospital:

Mamta Swaroop, MD, FACS (Trauma Surgeon and Critical Care)

Kathy Tynus, MD (Internal Medicine)

Nisha Mohindra, MD (Oncology)

Jacqueline Kruser, MD, MS (Pulmonary/Critical Care)

Stephanie Kielb, MD (Urology)

Roxy Garcia, MD (Surgery)

Sue Jordan, MD (Plastic Surgeon)

Swati Devendra Deshmukh, MD (Radiology)

Priya Kumthekar, MD (Neuro-Oncology)

Anne Schultz, MD, FACP (Internal Medicine)

Tricia Pendergrast

Northwestern Alumni Association

Nupur Ghoshal, MD, PhD (Neurology)

Kavitha Gandhi, MD (Dermatology)

Rush University Medical Center:

Sheila Dugan, MD (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)

Tochukwu Okwuosa, DO (Cardiology)

Zoe Arvanitakis, MD, MS (Neurology)

Rima Dafer, MD, MPH (Neurology)

Annabelle Volgman, MD (Cardiology)

Neelum Aggarwal, MD ( Neurology)

Parul Barry, MD (Radiation Oncology)

Anuja Antony, MD, MPH (Plastic Surgery)

Ami Shah, MD (Pediatric Surgery)

Abhaya Trivedi, MD (Pulmonary/Critical Care)

Rupa Sanghani, MD, FACC, FACNS

Dallas Holladay, DO (Emergency Medicine)

Sobia Ansari, MD, MPH (Emergency Medicine)

Sara Hock, MD (Emergency Medicine)

Tina Sundaram, MD

Dayle Davenport, MD

Christi Brown

University of Chicago:

Sonali Smith, MD (Oncology)

Anjana Pillai, MD Transplant Hepatology

Ajanta Patel, MD (Pediatric Pulmonologist)

Monica Vela , MD (Internal Medicine)

Vineet Arora, MD, MAPP (Internal Medicine)

Anna Volerman, MD (Medicine Pediatrics)

Priya Prakas, MD (Trauma Surgery and Critical Care)

Julie Oyler, MD (Internal Medicine)

Christine Babcock, MD, MSc, FACEP (Emergency Medicine)

University of Illinois, Chicago:

Ananya Ganhopadhaya, MD (Internal Medicine)

Shikha Jain, MD, FACP (Oncology)

Lisa Nijm, MD, JD (Ophthalmology)

Manpreet Samra, MD (Transplant Nephrology)

Pavitra Kotini-Shah, MD (Emergency Medicine)

Janet Lin, MD, MPH, MBA (Emergency Medicine)


Loyola Medical Center:

Anar Mashruwala, MD (Internal Medicine)


John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County

Toyin Adeyemi, MD (Infectious Disease)


Rosalind Franklin University of Medical Science (RFUMS):

Mildred Olivier, MD, BS (Ophthalmology)


American Medical Women's Association (AMWA):

Nancy Church, MD, FACOG (Obstetrics & Gynecology)

Neelum Aggarwal, MD (Neurology)


American Medical Association (AMA):

Josephine Nguyen, MD  (Dermatology)

Neelum Aggarwal, MD (Neurology)

Joanna Bisgrove, MD (Family Medicine


Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS):

Kathy Tynus, MD, FACP (Internal Medicine)

Lindsey Josephs



Chicago Medical Society (CMS):

Kathy Tynus, MD (Internal Medicine)


American College of Physicians (ACP):

Suja Mathew, MD, FACP (Internal Medicine)

Anne Schultz, MD, FACP (Internal Medicine)

Vidya Sundareshan, MD, MPH, FACP (Infectious Disease)


American College of Surgeons, Women in Surgery (ACS):

Patricia Turner, MD, FACS (General Surgery)

Rosemary Kozar, MD, PhD, FACS (General Surgery)

Susan Pories, MD, FACS (Breast Surgery)

Association of Women Surgeons

Marie Crandall, MD, MPH, FACS (Trauma Surgery and Critical Care )

Community Hospital, Munster IN

Akta Kakodkar, M.D. (Otolaryngology)


Grady Memoria Hospital/Emory University School of Medicne
Lakshmi S. Tummala, MD (Cardiology)

500 Women In Medicine Student Representation:

Kate Gerull

Maren Loe

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

Vidhya Prakash, MD, FACP, FIDSA (Infectious Disease)

Society for Vascular Surgery

Grace J Wang, MD, FACS (Vascular Surgeon)


University of Utah

Sherry S. Wang MBBS (Radiology)

mission statement


 The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

 The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago designates this live activity for a maximum of 16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Barriers have existed for women in medicine since the first woman entered the healthcare workforce.

The focus of this summit is to identify barriers women in medicine face and create action plans that can be executed at both the local and national level. During the two-day summit, faculty facilitate breakout sessions and presentations given by diverse speakers from various specialties and institutions. Each session delivers evidence-based talks and present tools and solutions to be utilized in working towards fixing the system and closing the gender gap across all specialties and aspects of healthcare. We must empower women in medicine with the tools they need to change the system at their home institutions and in their specialty specific organizations.


This summit is planned and executed by a steering committee comprised of women from each of the major academic institutions in Chicago, and leaders from national organizations from across the country. WIMS is endorsed by local and national organizations.




The Summit is a unification of women physicians, with the common goal of finding and implementing solutions to gender inequity.





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