Shikha Jain

Associate professor of medicine


Dr. Shikha Jain

Dr. Shikha Jain

Dr. Shikha Jain is an oncologist specializing in colorectal cancer, neuroendocrine tumors, and liver cancer. She is also an assistant professor of medicine, and the director of communication strategies in medicine for the University of Illinois College of Medicine.  

Jain has been a keynote speaker on the impact of social media on healthcare, ways to demystify cancer care with open communication and education, physician leadership, mentorship, writing in medicine, and gender equity. Her research topics include colorectal carcinoma, neuroendocrine tumors,  disparities in cancer care, gender equity in healthcare,  physician leadership, misinformation in medicine, healthcare communication, and impostor phenomenon.  

She has been recognized as a healthcare leader, earning a spot in Modern Healthcare magazine’s Top 25 Emerging Leaders, a Medscape 25 Rising Star in 2020 and receiving the Rising Star award by the LEAD Oncology Conference in 2019. She was selected as a ResearcHERS ambassador by the American Cancer Society and was appointed to the 2020 American Society for Clinical Oncology Women’s Networking Center taskforce. She has been featured, interviewed, and published in CNN, Time magazine, the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, US News and World Report, the Hill, Newsweek, the Chicago Tribune and others. 

She is a founder and the chief executive officer of the COVID-19 action and advocacy group IMPACT, founder and the president of the Women In Medicine nonprofit organization and chair of the Women in Medicine Summit.  


Areas of expertise: 

  • COVID 19 
  • Doctor/patient relationship 
  • Gender equity 
  • GI oncology 
  • Healthcare communication 
  • Immunotherapy  
  • Neuroendocrine tumors 



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