Jane C. Wright

Dr Jane C Wright analyzed a wide range of anti-cancer agents and developed new techniques for administering cancer chemotherapy.

Dr Jane C Wright analyzed a wide range of anti-cancer agents and developed new techniques for administering cancer chemotherapy. By 1967, she was the highest ranking African American woman in a United States medical institution.

Jane was born in New York City to Corrine Cooke and Louis Tompkins Wright. Louis Wright was one of the first African-American graduates of Harvard Medical School.

Jane Wright graduated with honors from New York Medical College in 1945 and after a residency at Harlem Hospital in 1948, and marrying David Jones, Jr., a Harvard Law School graduate, she joined her father, director of the Cancer Research Foundation at Harlem Hospital, and the two began testing a new chemical on human leukemias and cancers of the lymphatic system. Following her father’s death in 1952, Dr. Jane Wright was appointed head of the Cancer Research Foundation, at the age of 33.

In 1955, Wright became an associate professor of surgical research at New York University and director of cancer chemotherapy research at New York University Medical Center and Bellevue and University hospitals. In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed Dr. Wright to the President’s Commission on Heart Disease, Cancer, and Stroke. Based on the Commission’s report, a national network of treatment centers was established for these diseases. In 1967, she was named professor of surgery, head of the Cancer Chemotherapy Department, and associate dean at New York Medical College, her alma mater. At a time when African American women physicians numbered only a few hundred in the entire United States, Dr. Wright was the highest ranked African American woman at a nationally recognized medical institution.

Wright implemented at the New York Medical College a comprehensive program to study stroke, heart disease, and cancer, and to instruct doctors in chemotherapy. In 1971, Dr. Jane Wright became the first woman president of the New York Cancer Society. During her forty-year career, Dr. Wright published many research papers on cancer chemotherapy and led delegations of cancer researchers to Africa, China, Eastern Europe, and the Soviet Union.

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