Dr. Rita Sapiro Finkler


Dr. Finkler established and headed the endocrinology department at Beth Israel Hospital. This was the first endocrinology department in New Jersey. She also practiced medicine in Newark for 55 years and wrote over 70 papers. She was president of the NJ Women’s Medical Association.

Born in Russia, Dr. Finkler was the first women intern at Polyclinic at Philadelphia General Hospital


Journal of the Medical Society of New Jersey 1984

“Dr. Rita S. Finkler, Retired Physician, 80” Star Ledger Nov 9, 1968

Gillan, Maria (1996). “Rita Sapiro Finkler, 1888–1968”. In Burstyn, Joan N. (ed.). Past and Promise: Lives of New Jersey Women. Syracuse University Press. pp. 288–290. ISBN 978-0-8156-0418-1.

 Hurst, Marsha (March 1, 2009). “Rita Sapiro Finkler”Jewish Women’s Archive.