Dr. Patricia Bath was the first black woman physician to receive a patent for a medical device! Dr. Bath was born and raised in Harlem, NY. While in high school, she was awarded a National Science Foundation Scholarship. It was this award and the resulting research project that led her to consider a career in medicine. A great student, Bath graduated early from high school and attended New York's Hunter College, graduating with a B.A. in Chemistry. In 1968, Dr. Bath was awarded a medical doctorate from Howard University College of Medicine, and completed an internship in medicine at Harlem Hospital Center.
Dr. Bath is now retired from the UCLA Medical Center but continues to advocate for the prevention, treatment and cure of blindness. Thank you, Dr. Bath for your extraordinary vision, innovation, and pioneering spirit!
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