National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
MRC 601/Room 1100
Washington, DC 20013-7012
0.50 cu. ft. : 2 boxes
Born in New York. B.A., Hunter College, 1964; M.D., Harvard University College of Medicine, 1968. Fellowship in ophthalmology, Columbia University, 1969-1970; internship, New York University, 1970-1973 (where Bath was first African American resident in ophthalmology. Joined faculty of UCLA and Charles R. Drew University in surgery and ophthalmology, and later the Dept. of Ophthalmology at UCLA's Jules Stein Eye Institute. Founded the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness, 1976. Conceived the Laserphaco Probe, 1981 (patented 1988). Approx. 8.5 hours of original videotaped interviews with Patricia Bath, inventor of the Laserphaco, an instrument which uses lasers to remove cataracts during eye surgery. Also includes interviews with her daughter, Eraka Bath.