University of Illinois Cancer Center member Shikha Jain, MD, FACP, was in Washington last week for an event at the White House and she met with Illinois Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi to discuss the impact of nationwide chemotherapy drug shortages.
A UI Health medical oncologist and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Chicago, Jain was in Washington because she was invited to the White House to attend the arrival ceremony on the South Lawn for the visiting Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi ahead of a formal State Dinner.
In her meeting with Krishnamoorthi, who represents Illinois’ 8th District west of Chicago, Jain highlighted the work of the Cancer Center to eliminate cancer health disparities through strong community engagement and outreach efforts, and by creating and delivering precision equitable oncology.
Jain connected with the offices of Illinois U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth about future meetings to discuss resolving chemo drug shortages and how legislative restrictions on women’s reproductive decisions impact patients with cancer.
During her time in Washington, Jain also met with Kavita Patel, MD, a health policy researcher who served in President Barack Obama’s Administration, and friend Alice Chen, MD, a primary care physician and the wife of Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, the U.S. Surgeon General.