Dr. Bronwyn Bateman graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University and completed her residency at the Stein Eye Institute, UCLA School of Medicine. She is fellowship trained in pediatric ophthalmology (Marshall Parks, M.D., Children’s National Hospital, Washington, D.C.) and ophthalmic genetics (Irene Maumenee, M.D., Wilmer Ophthalmology Institute, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine). She specializes in pediatric ophthalmology and ophthalmic genetics with board certification in both ophthalmology and clinical genetics (American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics); there are only six in the U.S. with both board certifications.
She returned to UCLA after her fellowships where she rose to the position of Professor of Ophthalmology and Pediatrics. She was Director of the Medical Student Education and, later, Director of the Residency Program. She served two terms on the UCLA Privilege and Tenure Committee, which adjudicates academic matters. She also was a member and, subsequently, Chair of the UCLA Independent Substantive Review Committee, the state-mandated conflict of interest committee for the entire campus; this activity was coordinated with the California Fair Political Practice Commission.
As a senior resident in ophthalmology and pediatric ophthalmology fellow at UCLA in the late 1970s, she was the right-hand lady to Marjorie Mosier, M.D. in founding the organization Women in Ophthalmology. She was the first woman member of the Board of Trustees of the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.
She moved to the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 1995 as Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, the first woman in any department. She assumed the responsibility of raising funds for the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute, honoring the 1991 agreement between the Lions of Colorado and Wyoming and the University of Colorado. She raised the necessary financial support for the building which was dedicated in 2001 and, in the process, visited many large and small Lions Clubs in both states. She also raised financial support from other major donors in both states. She built the department with faculty recruits, formalized the residency program and developed several fellowships. She raised funding for an endowed professorship, the first in the department.
With National Eye Institute funding and other sources, she directed a molecular biology laboratory for many years studying the genetic bases of pediatric cataracts.
She became the first woman President of the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (AUPO), an organization of chairs of departments of ophthalmology in the U.S. and Canada.
She rose to the position of President of the Pan American Association of Ophthalmology. She remains active in the organization working with Drs. Francisco Contreras and Rafael Cortez to promote educational programs in Central America, particularly Honduras and Nicaragua.
She has had a long-standing relationship with Nicaragua and served as the Honorary Consul from Nicaragua to the state of Colorado for many years. She is a member of the Colorado chapter of the International Women’s Forum.
She received the prestigious Melvin Jones Fellow award from the Lions Club International Foundation. She was a Gold Fellow of the Association for Research and Vision in Ophthalmology (ARVO) and received the Life Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, both in recognition for service to the respective organizations.
Her academic career has included many molecular biology research publications as well as clinical studies in ophthalmic genetics, strabismus and pediatric ophthalmology.
She is currently a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA. She chaired the American Academy of Ophthalmology Pediatric Preferred Practices Patterns and speaks on the current versions.