The “Firsts” of Dr. Bath

Dr. Bath holds many “first” titles. She was the first woman to become the head of an ophthalmology department in the United States. She became the first female ophthalmologist at the Jules Stein Eye Institute. As a professor and doctor at UCLA, she was their first female African American surgeon. She was the first female African American surgeon at Drew Medical School. She was the first woman to be elected as Honorary Medical Staff at UCLA Medical Center upon her retirement in 1993. She was elected to Hunter College’s Hall of Fame in 1988, and was elected as a Howard University Pioneer in Academic Medicine in 1993. She was one of the first to document the disproportional numbers in blindness among African Americans. In 1995, she received the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Black Woman of Achievement Award.


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