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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 Rush University Medical Center. She is the Physician Communication Director for the Rush University System for Health and the Director of Social Media and Communications for the Rush University Cancer Center.  She 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. Dr. Jain was selected as a ResearcHERS ambassador by the American Cancer Society, and was honored by 500 Women in Medicine.  She has been appointed to the 2020 American Society for Clinical Oncology Women's Networking Center taskforce and appointed to the Council on Communications and Membership Advocacy for the Illinois State Medical Society. 

She developed the neuroendocrine tumor board and program at Rush and moved the program from the inpatient to the outpatient setting. She speaks locally and nationally on the impact of media and social media on healthcare and ways to demystify cancer care with open communication and education. She has been interviewed on a variety of healthcare and equity topics on local and national tv and radio programming.

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 nationally and in 2019 spoke at the Harvard Medical School Career Advancement and Leadership Skills for Women in Healthcare on the topic of physician leadership and mentorship, the Becker's Healthcare Conference, and the American College of Physicians.

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 and co-chair of the “Women in Medicine Summit: An Evolution in Empowerment” in Chicago.  She is the co-founder of the Rush Center for the Advancement of Women in Health Care.

Dr. Jain  is a member of the Women’s Leadership Council at Rush and is the founder and host of the podcast “The Rush Cast.”  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 papers published in peer-reviewed journals.   

Dr. Jain has written for several national publications including  US News, Physician's Weekly,  Doximity, KevinMD, and ASCO Connection. She was selected as a thought leader by Doximity and completed a year as a Doximity writing fellow. She is a current Public Voices fellow with the OpEd Project.

She is the founder of the social media group Dual Physician Families and is on the leadership team of SoMeDocs (Doctors on Social Media).

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.

You can follow her on social media:
Twitter: @ShikhaJainMD
Instagram: @ShikhaJainMD



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

aSSISTANT chair:

WIMS HeForShe track

Thomas Varghese Jr., MD

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 )


Shikha Jain, MD, FACP
Mamta Swaroop, MD, FACS


Abstract/Research Committee

  • Vidya Sundareshan (lead)

  • Parul Barry

  • Sheila Dugan

  • Tochukwu M Okwuosa

  • Neelum Aggarwal

  • Nancy Church

  • Meenakshi Jolly 

  • Samantha Wolfe

  • Margaret Pichardo

  • Nisha Mohindra

  • Lekshmi Santhosh

  • Ashley Vavra


He for She Committee

  • Thomas Varghese

  • Laurie Baedke

Award Committee

  • Julie Oyler (lead)

  • Oluwatoyin (Toyin) Adeyemi, MD

  • Priya Kumthekar, MD

  • Vidhya Prakash

  • Chrissy Babcock

  • Charu Gupta


Newsletter Committee

  • Lakshmi Tummala (lead)

  • Ajanta Patel

  • Jennifer Romanello 

Mentorship/Sponsorship (students)

  • Neelum Aggarwal (lead)

  • Ani Gangopadhyaya

  • Ami Shah

Sponsorship Committee

  • Swati Deshmukh (lead)

  • Margaret Pichardo




Endorsements Committee

  • Ami Shah (Lead)

  • Kathy Tynus

  • Ann Schultz

  • Neelum Aggarwal

  • Nancy Church

Medical Students/Volunteer Committee

  • Ani Gangopadhyaya (lead) 

  • Neelum Aggarwal

  • Shiva Barforoshi

  • Jaqueline Brosius

  • Karen Ho

  • Alexa Soult

  • Katayoun Madani

  • Maren Loe

  • Jeanette Zhang

  • Margaret S. Pichardo

  • Nimisha Kumar

Social Media Committee

  • Shikha Jain (faculty lead)

  • Tricia Pendergrast (student lead)

  • Swati Devendra Deshmukh

  • Vinny Arora

  • Summera Majeed

  • Joanna Bisgrove

  • Dallas Holladay 

  • Sobia Ansari

  • Sara Hock

  • Julie Oyler

  • Sobia Ansari

  • Vanessa Petrak

  • Danielle Wishart


Resident/Young Faculty Networking Committee

  • Anjana Pillai (lead)

  • Rosalinda Alvarado

  • Lakshmi Tummala

  • Stephanie Kielb

  • Abhaya Trivedi

  • Manpreet Singh

  • Dayle Davenport

  • Kate Gerull


Rush University Medical Center:

Shikha Jain, MD, FACP (Oncology)

Sheila Dugan, MD (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation)

Tochukwu Okwuosa, DO (Cardiology)

Ruta Rao, MD (Oncology)

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)

Meenakshi Jolly, MD, MS (Rheumatology)

Rupa Sanghani, MD, FACC, FACNS

Dallas Holladay, DO (Emergency Medicine)

Sobia Ansari, MD, MPH (Emergency Medicine)

Sara Hock, MD (Emergency Medicine)

Joanna Bisgrove


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)


University of Chicago:

Sonali Smith, MD (Oncology)

Anjana Pillai, MD (GI, Hepatology, Transplant)

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)

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)


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)


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)