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Dr. Archana Shrestha |Chicago, Illinois

Emergency Medicine Physician

Medical Journalist and Author

Keynote Speaker

Associate Professor

Dr. Archana Reddy Shrestha, MD, MS is the co-founder of the widely-read Women in White Coats blog, an author, entrepreneur and a keynote speaker.


In addition to being a practicing board-certified emergency medicine physician, Archana is also a Clinical Director at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science where she teaches resident physicians. She obtained her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed emergency medicine residency at George Washington University. As a medical student, she was awarded a prestigious Fulbright Fellowship for the study of medical anthropology in Ecuador where she observed traditional Ecuadorian healers and catalogued their medicinal plants.


Archana also earned a Masters in Journalism from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Passionate about medical journalism, she interned at the ABC News Medical Unit in Boston. She later went on to film and produce an independent documentary called “Beyond Expectations: Exercise in Pregnancy.” In 2008, she had the unique opportunity to be the doctor on set for the filming of the James Bond movie “007: Quantum of Solace.”


In addition to being co-editor-in-chief of the Women in White Coats blog, to which she is a regular contributor, her writing has been published by ABC News, the Chicago Sun Times, KevinMD and Doximity. She also served as a national spokesperson for the American College of Emergency Physicians for over a decade. 


Archana was honored as one of the 2018 Top 20 Global Women of Excellence by U.S. Congressman Danny K. Davis in recognition of her achievements not only in medicine and journalism but also as an online lifestyle coach and entrepreneur who empowers busy working moms to achieve health and wellness through her healthy living lifestyle blog called As a mom of two herself, she is passionate about helping other working mothers prioritize wellness and self-care in their lives. 


After the release of the 2018 best-selling book "The Chronicles of Women in White Coats" Archana co-founded the Women in White Coats blog with the mission to not only voice the stories and perspectives of more women doctors but also to uplift and empower female doctors throughout their careers and lives. In doing so she has been instrumental in creating the Women in White Coats Doctors’ Lounge, a virtual community created specifically for women doctors, and in organizing in-person events such as the Women in White Coats Conference and Wellness Retreat and the Women in White Coats Hero Awards.

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