Jane E. Henney

Jane E. Henney

Jane Ellen Henney (born 1947) is an American physician who was the first woman to serve as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Appointed by President Bill Clinton, she served at the FDA between 1998 and 2001. She is married to James Robert Graham III, who also has had a distinguished career as a physician-leader.

Education and career

Jane Henney was born in Woodburn, Indiana. She received her undergraduate training at Manchester University, an MD degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and did postgraduate work at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Trained as a medical oncologist, she joined the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health in 1976, working in the Cancer Therapy and Evaluation Program.

Prior to her appointment as commissioner, Henney had worked at the FDA from 1992 to 1994 as deputy commissioner for operations under then commissioner David Aaron Kessler, and then at the University of New Mexico, where she was vice president of the health sciences center. After leaving the FDA she joined the board of directors of the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca.

She was named senior vice president and provost for health affairs at the University of Cincinnati in 2003.


  • Charles Marwick, "Jane E. Henney, MD, Is New FDA Commissioner", JAMA. 1998;280:1731-1732.

External links

  • National library of Medicine about Jane Ellen Henney