Dr. Patricia Bath

Dr. Patricia Bath is the first Black person to complete a residency in ophthalmology, first female faculty member in UCLA’s Department of Ophthalmology, and first Black female doctor to receive a medical patent.

Degree(s): Chemistry, Doctor of Medicine

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Undergraduate Institution: Hunter College

Graduate Institution: Howard University (HBCU)

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Photo Credit: Biography.com

Dr. Patricia Bath is the first Black person to complete a residency in ophthalmology, the first female faculty member in UCLA’s Department of Ophthalmology, and the first Black female doctor to receive a medical patent. Her Laserphaco Probe improved treatment for cataract patients worldwide by making it less painful and more precise than prior methods.

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