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 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 the the Illinois State Medical Society.
She is a co-founder and the Director of Communications and Community Engagement of the COVID19 action and advocacy group IMPACT.
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 has spoken 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 chair of the “Women in Medicine Summit: An Evolution in Empowerment” in Chicago. This national CME conference focuses on gender equality and finding and implementing solutions to eliminate the gap. 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 was also chosen to be a Public Voices fellow as a part of the OpEd project.
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.
She is the founder of the social media group Dual Physician Families and is on the leadership team of SoMeDocs (Doctors on Social Media).
Dr. Jain lectures nationally speaks on a variety of topics including, but not limited to:
– Writing in Medicine, the importance of Narrative Medicine, OpEds and finding your voice
– Social Media and Medicine
– Women In Medicine
– Mentorship/Sponsorship, encouraging the next generation of physicians to pursue a career in STEM/medicine
– The doctor-patient relationship
– Physician Leadership/Leadership
– The doctor-patient relationship
– GI Oncology
– Neuroendocrine tumors
– Oncologic emergencies
– Colon, Pancreatic, GI cancers
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.