-- Patricia Bath is a pioneering ophthalmologist who invented a technique that revolutionized cataract surgery.
But as an African-American woman, which was rare in her field as she rose in prominence, she said she faced hate, segregation and racism.
"I had a few obstacles but I had to shake it off," Bath told "Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts. "Hater-ation, segregation, racism, that's the noise you have to ignore that and keep your eyes focused on the prize, it's just like Dr. Martin Luther King said, so that's what I did."
Bath invented a technique called laser phaco that revolutionized cataract surgery, and in doing so became the first African-American female doctor to receive a special patent.
"I knew that that was a groundbreaking discovery. So I immediately did file a patent for this new technology in 1986," Bath said.
She credits all her success to her years of hard work.
"I was in Harlem, it was the tip of the civil rights era, I think that was noteworthy that a black child in Harlem could be doing scientific research alongside a white kid from the Hamptons," Bath said.