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About WIM Speakers Bureau

Women in Medicine is an organization created to work towards eliminating the gender bias that is pervasive in the American medical healthcare system. The organization was founded by Dr. Shikha Jain.

Since being founded WIM has evolved into an annual Summit along with accelerated courses to help women in medicine further their knowledge and connect them to others in their fields. Starting the WIM RAISE Speakers Bureau will only help to further WIM’s mission.

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Leadership Team

Shikha Jain, MD FACP

Founder and President of the Women in Medicine®

Dr. Shikha Jain is a board-certified hematology and oncology physician. She is an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the University of Illinois in Chicago. She is the Director of Communications Strategies in Medicine and the Associate Director of Oncology Communication and Digital Innovation for the University of Illinois Cancer Center. Dr. Jain is the CEO and Co-Founder of the action, advocacy and amplification organization IMPACT and Founder and President of the Women in Medicine Summit and non profit organization. Dr. Jain was named one of Medscapes 25 Rising Stars in Medicine in 2020, 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.

She is a nationally renowned speaker and has written for several national publications including CNN, USA Today, Scientific American, The Hill, US News, the Chicago Tribune, Physician’s Weekly, Doximity, KevinMD and has been interviewed in the New York Times and Time magazine. She is a regular contributor to FOX 32 and has also been a guest on CBS Yahoo Finance, ABC7 and WGN.

Dr. Jain speaks on a variety of topics including, but not limited to, leadership, gender equity and inequities in healthcare, public health messaging and communication strategies, the utility of social media in healthcare communication, social media strategies, branding, impostor phenomenon, COVID19, oncology, GI oncology, neuroendocrine tumors, immunotherapy, the doctor patient relationship, mentorship and sponsorship, and many other topics related to medicine. She is a sought after keynote speaker and active researchers and clinician.

Ankita Sagar, MD

Co-Founder RAISE WIM Speakers Bureau

Dr. Sagar is an academic primary care physician and leader with expertise in quality and process improvement, clinical program building, healthcare management, and delivery of healthcare. Her current role is Director of Ambulatory Quality for Medicine Service Line and she has an expertise in clinical program building to standardize clinical quality, align performance with national benchmarks, and promote use of evidence-based medicine to improve patient health outcomes and physician experience.

She currently serves as the Director of COVID Ambulatory Resource Support (CARES) – a program recognized for improving access to coordinated, comprehensive care for patients in the outpatient setting with COVID-19 infection and Post Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 (PASC). Currently this program has over 4000 patients across the geographic footprint of Northwell Health.

Dr. Sagar has gained national recognition in the areas of public policy, advocacy, amplification of women in medicine, and physician well-being. For her work in these areas, she was recently awarded the Salzman Award for Innovation and Quality of Care as well as the Laureate Award from NY Chapter of American College Physicians

Ariela Marshall, MD

Chair, Women in Medicine Speakers Bureau and Chief Innovation Officer, Women in Medicine

Dr. Marshall is a hematologist specializing in disorders of thrombosis and hemostasis (bleeding and clotting) in women. She is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania followed by a fellowship in hematology-oncology at Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Massachusetts General Hospital. She worked as a hematologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota from 2015-2021 and from 2021-2023 was the Director of Women’s Thrombosis and Hemostasis at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Marshall then moved back to Minnesota in summer 2023 to work as an inpatient hematologist at the University of Minnesota. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Marshall is a highly respected international leader in advocacy, innovation, and women’s health with a focus on gender equity, reproductive health and rights, career development, and work-life integration. She is the Chief Innovation Officer/Chair of the Speakers Bureau at Women in Medicine and the Curriculum Chair at IGNITEMed, which are both 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations dedicated to promoting career development for women in medicine. She also leads the Promotions Committee of the University of Minnesota Center for Women in Medicine and Science, participates in multiple national advocacy initiatives with the American Medical Women’s Association and speaks regularly on a national and international scope to discuss her efforts to advance fertility/infertility awareness, reproductive health and rights, parental health and wellbeing, and gender equity.

What People Say

Serving the medical community and beyond. Here is what experts and our users have to say about the WIM Speakers Bureau.

I got to meet her!

One of my highlights from last year in attending the conference was actually meeting the phycologist Pauline Clance, Ph.D., ABPP behind the term ‘Impostor Syndrome’. I got to listen to her speak, I got to meet her, and I got to exchange anecdotes with her – which was incredible.

Dana Corriel

Internal Medicine Physician

Great content overall!

Great content overall!

My top three takeaways are using your voice, sit at the table, get out of your comfort zone.

Rakhee Bhayani

MD, Internal Medicine Physician

Fosters the growth of female physician leaders.

WIMS creates a much needed space where empowerment of the woman physician is a priority for all, and in doing so, fosters the growth of female physician leaders.

Nisha Mehta