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Patricia Bath: International Women's Month

Patricia Bath was a remarkable American ophthalmologist, inventor, and academic. She is best known for her invention of the Laserphaco Probe, a device used during cataract surgery to improve accuracy and decrease recovery time. Born in 1942 in Harlem, New York City, Bath faced discrimination and adversity but persisted in her pursuit of education and excellence.

She became the first African American woman to complete a residency in ophthalmology and the first African American woman to serve on staff as a surgeon at the UCLA Medical Center.

Throughout her career, Bath focused on addressing healthcare disparities, particularly in eye care, among underserved populations. She co-founded the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness to promote eye care education and access to those in need.

Bath's groundbreaking work in medicine and her dedication to improving eye care for all earned her numerous awards and accolades. She passed away in 2019, leaving behind a legacy of innovation, advocacy, and service.

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