Topic | Dr. Jane Cooke Wright

Dr. Jane Cooke Wright

11/20/1919 to 02/19/2013


Jane Cooke wright was born in Harlem to Louis Tompkins Wright and Corrine Cooke Wright on November 20, 1919. Jane was born into an upper middle class African American family in Harlem, with a long line of African American doctors. 
Jane was admitted to Smith College in Massachusetts with an academic scholarship in 1938. She initially began college as a 
uAttended New York Medical School on an academic scholarship where she graduated in three years
uClass VP, President of the Honor Society, editor of yearbook

Notable Facts

  • Director of Cancer Research Center at Harlem Hospital
  • First woman elected President of the New York Cancer Society
  • Professor of surgery, head of the chemotherapy department and Associate Dean at the New York Medical College
  • Founding member of American Society of Clinical Oncology