Dame of the Day: Patricia Bath

Patricia Bath

Today’s Dame of the Day is Patricia Bath (November 4, 1942-). This ophthalmologist, inventor and academic achieved a host of firsts over her career. She founded the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness and used her Laserphaco Probe to treat cataracts. She was the first woman to head a post-grad program in the field, serve as a staff member at the Jules Stein Eye institute, or receive an honorary staff appointment to the UCLA Medical Center. Bath was also the first black person to serve as an ophthalmology resident at NYU and the first black woman doctor to receive a patent for medical purposes.

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