Patricia E. Bath MD Scholarship



Dr. Patricia Bath, Class of 1968, is a pioneering ophthalmologist, inventor and scientist. She is the first female, African-American to receive a medical patent; She co-founded the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness, where she served as President.

While a student at HUCM, Patricia Bath was one of the student leaders and co-founded the Student National Medical Association, becoming President in 1966. 

Inspired by the careers of Dr. LaSalle D. Leffall Jr. and Dr. Lois A. Young, she chose a career in academic medicine and research. Her laser cataract research culminated in the invention of a laser system and device called Laserphaco. This device and method can vaporize cataracts via a tiny incision into a patient's eye. She was inducted into the American Academy Museum of Vision in honor of her achievements in ophthalmology. In 1993, Howard University named her as a "Howard University Pioneer in Academic Medicine".

Despite all her accolades, she has continued to follow the Howard creed of serving the underserved, assisting the Poor People's Campaign, completing her internship in her Harlem community, researching the healthcare disparities related to excessive blindness in African-Americans when compared to whites, and donating her time to perform ophthalmological surgery in developing nations

In May 2018, Dr. Patricia Bath and the Class of 1968 will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of their graduation from the Howard University College of Medicine. To mark this milestone occasion, HUMAA will be honoring Dr. Bath's achivements by endowing a scholarship in her name. The Patricia E. Bath MD Scholarship will benefit a second year female medical student who demonstrates excellence and promise. Please join HUMAA in helping us reach and far surpass our goal. 

Please join me in donating to this scholarship to honor a trailblazing Howard physician, our own classmate and friend, Dr. Pat Bath. 

- Dr. Ronald B. Lonesome, President, Class of 1968


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