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    Celebrating Black History Month in the ophthalmic community

     

    Patricia Bath, MD

    Born in 1942 in Harlem, New York, Dr. Bath would go on to become the first female faculty member at the UCLA Department of Ophthalmology in 1974.

    Dr. Bath was appointed Chair of the Drew-UCLA Ophthalmology residency program in 1983, becoming the first female ophthalmology program director in the United States.

    She was the first African American female to receive a medical patent, which was for the Laserphaco Probe for laser cataract surgery in 1988.

    She was inducted into the AAO Museum of Ophthalmology in 2011.

     

    References

    The Diminishing Minority Ophthalmologist: What Happened and How Can We Reverse the Trend.  Kevin C. Greenidge, MD, MPH

    http://museumofvision.org/bios/?key=69&subkey=1

    American Academy of Dermatology. https://www.aad.org/File%20Library/Global%20navigation/Member%20tools%20and%20benefits/Diversity%20Mentorship/Underrepresented_by-Specialty.pdf

     

    Jolie Higazi
    Jolie is the Content Specialist for Ophthalmology Times. She can be reached at [email protected]

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