Dr. Patricia E. Bath

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Patricia Era Bath, born November 4, 1942 in Harlem, New York is an American ophthalmologist, inventor, & academic.  She has broken ground for women and African Americans in a number of areas.  Prior to Bath, no woman had served on the staff of the Jules Stein Eye Institute, headed a post-graduate training program in ophthalmology or been elected to the honorary staff of the UCLA Medical Center (an honor bestowed on her after her retirement).  Before Bath, no black person had served as a resident in ophthalmology at New York University and no black woman had ever served on staff as a surgeon at the UCLA Medical Center.  Bath is the first African American woman doctor to receive a patent for a medical purpose.  Her Laserphaco Probe is used to treat cataracts.  The holder of four patents, she is also the founder of the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness in Washington DC.

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