Her Story: Dr. Patricia Bath

Dr. Patricia Bath was the first African American to complete a residency in ophthalmology in 1973. She was also the first Black female doctor to secure a medical patent in 1988. Bath invented the Laserphaco Probe, a tool that corrects cataracts during eye surgery. Cataracts is an eye condition that can lead to blindness, and Bath’s tool provided a less invasive, safer method of removing them.

Links for Learning:

Patricia Bath – Inventions, Accomplishments & Facts – Biography

Dr. Patricia Bath | African American Inventors | Scholastic.com


Changing the Face of Medicine | Patricia E. Bath

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