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Women in Medicine Summit Bios

Published on: Aug 17, 2020

JainWIMS Chair: Shikha Jain, MD, FACP
Compendium Editor

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 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 is a keynote speaker at the national level 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  Scientific American, The Hill, 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:
insta [square] @ShikhaJainMD


Assistant Chair: Laurie K. Baedke, MHA, FACHE, FACMPE
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: Thomas Varghese Jr, MD,FACS
WIMS HeForShe Track

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 )

KimDavid C. Kim
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