Jeane Porter Hester

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Jeane Porter Hester

Jeane Porter Hester

“When Dr. Jeane Porter Hester was born, the old pioneering days were gone…The people of Oklahoma were settling down and she might well have joined them, but she did not. Instead, she became a pioneer on a new frontier – the frontier of medical science.”
Michael J. Keating, M.D.


Dr. Jeane Porter Hester was born in Texas and raised in Chickasha, Oklahoma. She attended Chickasha’s College for Women (now the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma) from 1947-1951, and graduated from Oklahoma City University (1963) before receiving her medical degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1967. Early in her medical studies, Dr. Hester chose oncology as her preferred specialty. She has published numerous articles and lectured in countries around the world and garnered international recognition in the field of supportive therapy and treatment of acute and chronic leukemia. She was an exchange scientist with the Soviet Union and served as a consultant during the illness of the late Shah of Iran in 1980. Dr. Hester was the professor of medicine and Chief of Supportive Therapy and Chief of Leukapheresis at M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute in Houston, Texas, and helped develop a computerized separator to be used in diagnosing red and white blood cells and platelets and the enhancement of cells to combat tumors.

Fun fact

Dr. Jeane Hester was the single inductee to Chickasha, Oklahoma’s USAO Hall of Fame in 1976 and was among the first 12 women inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame in 1984.

Oklahoma connections

Hester graduated from Chickasha High School in Oklahoma.









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