While at UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute, she established the Keratoprosthesis Program to provide advanced surgical treatment for blind patients. The program continues today as the KPRO and thousands of patients have had their eyesight restored with this innovative technology. Based on her research and achievements with keratoprosthesis, Bath was chosen to lead the first national keratoprosthesis study in 1983.
In 1983, Bath was appointed Chair of the Dr. Martin Luther King- Charles Drew-UCLA Ophthalmology Residency Program, becoming the first woman in the Unites State to head an ophthalmology residency program. In 1986, she followed her research pursuits as visiting professor at centers of excellence in France, England and Germany, where she ultimately discovered her Laserphaco technique.
In 1993, she retired from UCLA, which subsequently elected her the first woman on its honorary staff. She served as a professor of ophthalmology at Howard University’s School of Medicine and as a professor of telemedicine and ophthalmology at St. Georges University ophthalmology training program.
Bath has lectured internationally and authored over 100 papers.
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