About Dr. Patricia Era Bath

Dr. Bath was an American ophthalmologist, inventor, humanitarian, and academic. She was an early pioneer of laser cataract surgery. She also became first woman member of the Jules Stein Eye Institute, first woman to lead a post-graduate training program in ophthalmology, and first woman elected to the honorary staff of the UCLA Medical Center. Bath was the first African-American person to serve as a resident in ophthalmology at New York University. She was also the first African-American woman to serve on staff as a surgeon at the UCLA Medical Center. Bath was the first African-American woman doctor to receive a patent for a medical purpose. The holder of five patents,[1] she also founded the non-profit American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness in Washington, D.C.

Her Work

Presidential Memorandum of Scientific Integrity

Patents

American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness

Honors

1999

Smithsonian Museum included her in their Innovative Lives Exhibition and Program

2001

American Medical Women’s Association induction into Hall of Fame

2011

American Academy of Ophthalmology induction into the Museum of Vision for contributions to Ophthalmology

2012

Tribeca Film Festival Disruptive Innovation Award

Media

TIME Magazine

First person to invent and demonstrate laserphaco cataract surgery

ABC News

Dr. Patricia Bath: The ‘Woman who Changed the World’ through Eye Care

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The American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness was established in 1976 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of blindness through programs designed to PROTECT, PRESERVE, and RESTORE the Gift of Sight. We are founded on the principle that EYESIGHT IS A BASIC HUMAN RIGHT and that PRIMARY EYE CARE must be a component of Basic Health Services provided free if necessary for all humankind.