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White Coat Speaker Profile Jessica A. Shepherd, M.D., MBA
Viewpoint, an online women's health forum that focuses on addressing uncomfortable
health topics in a compassionate setting.
She currently practices at Baylor University College of Medicine and is an expert in Minimally Invasive Gynecology. Dr. Shepherd has written for numerous journals including Teen Vogue, Glamour, Women's Day, Women's Health, Self, Family Circle, Parents, LifeScript.com, Heart and Soul, Best Health, Essence, and WebMD. She is also regularly seen as a health care expert on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Dr. Oz, Steve Harvey, CBS News, FOX news, WGN News and Morning Dose in Dallas. In addition to, she's served as a health commentator for nationwide radio programs such as Doctors Radio, Marilu Henner Show and Tom Joyner. Dr. Shepherd also often gives national and international lectures on fibroids, myomectomies and other women's health issues.
She has now expanded her reach to keynote speaking engagements and has been a primary event speaker for BlogHer, Blogalicious, Abbvie. In addition to, she will be a keynote speaker and on the advisory board for this year's inaugural BlogHer Health. Her national appeal has allowed her to work with various celebrities including Brooke Burke, Erin Andrews, Dr. Jackie Walters from Married to Medicine and Laila Ali. Dr. Shepherd received her B.S. in Health and Sports Sciences from the University of Oklahoma and graduated from Ross University School of Medicine in 2005. Following graduation, she completed her residency at Drexel University College of Medicine/Hahnemann University Hospital in Obstetrics and Gynecology with a Fellowship at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Minimally Invasive Pelvic Surgery. She also received an MBA in 2011 from the University of Louisville.
As an health care expert, she strives to educate women on their bodies and how to address uncomfortable topics and issues. She is a national speaker for Poise, UbyKotex, and Change The Cycle to address women's health issues. She has published numerous articles in peer reviewed journals and chapters in medical publications. She has served on the board of the Multicultural Leadership Committee of the American Heart Association and also the Women's Health Foundation, she uses her expertise to help women understand their health conditions and how to address them appropriately.