6 Milestones in Patricia Bath's Life

Patricia Era Bath was an American ophthalmologic surgeon, inventor, and academic. She was a humanitarian and activist for patients’ rights.


Patricia was born on November 4, 1942. Patricia Bath was the inventor of laser cataract surgery, and her invention was called Laserphaco Probe. The dangers of cataracts are that it commonly forms in people’s eye lenses, especially those over the age of sixty, and can lead to blindness.

Thus, Bath’s invention employed a faster, more accurate, and minimally invasive technique that was very advanced for its time.


Patricia Bath was:


The first woman member of the Jules Stein Eye Institute.

The first woman to lead a post-graduate training program in ophthalmology.

The first woman elected to the honorary staff of the UCLA Medical Center.

The first African-American person to serve as a resident in ophthalmology at New York University.

The first African-American woman to serve on staff as a surgeon at the UCLA Medical Center.

The first African-American woman doctor to receive a patent for a medical purpose.


Patricia Era Bath was a holder of five patents. She holds four United States patents for innovations related to Laserphaco. In addition to the international patents from Japan, Canada, and several countries in Europe.