Rita SapiroFinkler

Rita Sapiro Finkler was a pioneer in the field of endocrinology, making important discoveries about the role hormones play in pregnancy, menopause, and other aspects of women’s health. Finkler studied law at St. Petersburg University at age sixteen before emigrating and enrolling in the Women’s College of Pennsylvania in 1911. She practiced pediatrics and obstetrics before turning to endocrinology, doing postgraduate work at the University of Vienna in 1929. She published studies on a wide range of women’s health issues as they related to endocrinology: pregnancy tests, infertility, ovarian dysfunction, and the use of synthetic estrogen for treating menopause. She was the first-ever chief of endocrinology at Newark Beth Israel Hospital from 1938–1950. From 1938–1948 Finkler chaired the American Medical Women’s Association’s refugee committee, helping women doctors escape Europe. She also served as president of AMWA’s New Jersey branch and served on the editorial boards of the Women’s Medical Journal and the Journal of the American Medical Women’s Association. Supportive of women’s struggles in the medical field, she and her daughter, Dr. Sylvia F. Becker, organized groups for networking and mutual support among New Jersey women doctors.

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