According to a recent statement from her daughter Dr. Eraka Bath, her mother passed away on May 30 from complications of cancer at the University of California Medical Center.
Dr. Patricia Bath, a pioneering ophthalmologist best known for her efforts in bringing a more precise treatment of cataracts, passed away recently at the age of 76. She was the first female African American doctor to receive a medical patent following her groundbreaking treatment discovery for treating cataracts with more precision.
Dr. Patricia Bath, the ophthalmologist who invented a treatment for cataracts, died at 76https://t.co/zmcEXGuAJW— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) June 5, 2019
According to a recent statement from her daughter Dr. Eraka Bath, her mother passed away on May 30 from complications of cancer at the University of California Medical center.
R.I.P. Dr. Patricia Bath. She was an ophthalmologist who took a special interest in combating preventable blindness in underserved communities. She was the first black female doctor to patent a medical invention, a laser device for treating cataracts. She passed away on 5/30. pic.twitter.com/sf7ncupK4c— Sankofa TravelHer (@SankofaTravelHr) June 5, 2019
Dr. Bath's humble origins began in Harlem, New York, where she was born on November 4, 1942, to a mother who was a domestic worker, and a father, a Trinidadian immigrant who worked with the bustling city's subway system.
Rest in peace, Dr Bath. Congratulations for a great life, helping so many see ... so many things! https://t.co/ZuJiw1NLgG— jefferson wright (@mad_cabayero) June 9, 2019
Young Patricia Bath was an exceptionally bright student who excelled in academics. She bagged a National Science Foundation Scholarship while she was just a teenager and completed high school in just two and a half years. After studying physics and chemistry at Hunter College, she went on to attend Howard University’s medical school and graduated in 1968.
🕯My Deepest Condolences to Dr. Patricia Bath daughter and family of their dearly beloved. 🕯🍃🕊 https://t.co/egkDmjqdku— Montraler Sudduth (@montralersuddu2) June 5, 2019
Dr. Bath became the first African American woman to study at Columbia University where she completed a fellowship in 1970. In 1973, she completed her residency training at the reputed New York University. Following her remarkable academic journey, Dr. Bath went on to join UCLA Medical Center's ophthalmology team, where she was not just the first Black female surgeon on staff but was also the first woman on the faculty of the Stein Eye Institute.
The most remarkable achievement of her illustrious career was when in 1980, Dr. Bath joined the team that was researching the use of lasers in ophthalmology. Her research resulted in groundbreaking methods to tackle cataracts, which she patented in 1988.
Sad, lost a dear friend- Dr. Patricia Bath (1942-2019. She was a trailblazer & strong voice for women scientists. Thanks to her invention, she revolutionized cataract eye surgery & helped hundreds of thousand regain eyesight. Her 2017 TIME interview:https://t.co/PqRE8iZjLK— #Stand4HumanRights (@vying4equality) June 3, 2019
Aside from patenting the Laserphaco Probe, which is short for "laser photoablative cataract surgery", Dr. Bath held five other U.S. patents and authored more than 100 papers. Despite retiring from UCLA in 1993, she still traveled the world and delivered lectures as well.
Our heartfelt condolences are with the family and loved ones of alumna Dr. Patricia Bath, a "pioneering ophthalmologist who became the 1st African American female doctor to receive a medical patent after she invented a more precise treatment of cataracts."https://t.co/3IrocXXugb pic.twitter.com/UT1y1Cbgxb— Howard University (@HowardU) June 4, 2019
Dr. Bath is survived by her daughter, UCLA psychiatrist Dr. Eraka Bath, her brother, as well as a granddaughter.