Tallahassee, Florida, United States
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Washington, D. C., United States
Howard University College of Medicine
White received a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in 1941. Three years later he earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Howard University College of Medicine.
White began his career as an intern at the Freedmen's Hospital in Washington and did a surgical residency at Memorial Hospital (nowadays Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center). In 1951, he was appointed an assistant professor of surgery at Howard University College of Medicine. Seven years later Jack took a position of an associate professor and professor in 1963 at the same college. Also he served as a chairman of oncology department at Howard University College of Medicine from 1974 to 1986.
In addition, White was a director of the Howard University Cancer Research Center and served an adviser to cancer programs in Cuba, Haiti and Ethiopia. He directed numerous research projects and had written extensively on general surgery, cancer surgery and special characteristics of cancerous diseases among blacks.
White also examined possible connections between a high cancer death rate among blacks and the life styles and diets of city residents, pollutants in the urban air and the special stresses of their lives in congested cities.
White was a member of American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association, American Association of Cancer Institutions, American Association for Cancer Research, Academy of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, Society of Head and Neck Surgeons, Society of Surgical Oncology, American Radium Society.
He served as a vice president of the Medico-Chirurgical Society of the District of Columbia and was a member of the board of the D. C. division of the American Cancer Society. Jack was also a president of the Southeastern Cancer Research Association, a vice president of the James Ewing Society and founding member of the American Society of Preventive Oncology.
On September 30, 1945 Jack White married Sara White. They have five children and grandchildren.