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Dr. Patricia Bath – #DiversityInHealthcare


This week’s #DiversityInHealthcare highlight is ophthalmologist Dr. Patricia Bath.

Dr. Patricia Bath portrait

Patricia Bath was born in 1942 in Harlem. She was inspired by Dr. Albert Schweitzer and her own family physician, Dr. Cecil Marquez, to pursue a career in medicine. She attended medical school at Howard University, had a fellowship at Columbia, and completed her residency at NYU.
The “firsts” achieved by Bath are too numerous to name, but among them are being the first African-American Ophthalmology resident at NYU, inventing the discipline of community ophthalmology, becoming the first woman on the faculty at UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute, co-founding the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness, and inventing the laserphaco probe and method for removing cataracts. WOW.
Dr. Patricia Bath spent her long and illustrious career working to reduce racial disparities in ophthalmic care and in doing so was able to restore sight to people who had been blind for over 30 years.

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Dr. Mae Jemison – #DiversityInHealthcare


Throughout the fall semester, we will be highlighting #DiversityInHealthcare on our social media. This week we are focusing on Mae Jemison.

Dr. Mae Jemison in space suit

Mae Jemison is best known as the first African-American woman in space, taking part in the STS-47 mission in September of 1992.
Prior to her time at NASA, Jemison attended medical school at Cornell and worked as a general practitioner. She also served as a medical officer in the Peace Corps for two+ years. Much of her work since NASA has focused on biotechnology and furthering STEM education for children.
Dr. Jemison has an impressive career, and she is also an informative and inspirational speaker. I had the opportunity to sit front and center for her John P. McGovern Award Lecture at the 2015 Medical Library Association meeting, and it was both fun and thought-provoking.
Dr. Mae Jemison, breaking barriers – on Earth and beyond – since 1956.

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Re-opening August 17

Announcement, News

The Health Sciences Library plans to re-open with limited hours and capacity on Monday, August 17.

Our hours will be the following:

  • Monday – Friday — 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Saturday — Closed
  • Sunday — 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Thank you for

  • wearing a mask
  • practicing social distancing
  • practicing proper hand hygiene
  • not bringing food or drink into the library

Closed until further notice

  • group study rooms
  • conference room
  • quiet study room
  • reading room

Much of the furniture in the open study areas, along with half of our computers, have been removed to encourage social distancing.

Optometry students, please enter the Compulink room through the door across from Cougar Grounds.

Most services, such as consultations and instruction sessions, will continue to be provided remotely.

Please check this space,, our social media @uhoustonhslib, or contact for updates on our hours and policies.