Dr. Bronwyn Bateman is a board-certified ophthalmologist who specializes in pediatric ophthalmology; she is also board-certified in clinical medical genetics. She attended the University of California, Berkeley for her B.A. degree and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons for her medical degree (M.D.). Returning to UCLA, she became a Professor of Ophthalmology and Pediatrics. She then moved to the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 1995 as Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, the first woman in any department. Her research centered on the genetic bases of hereditary cataracts. She became the first woman President of the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology, an organization of chairs of departments of ophthalmology in the US and Canada. She raised the funding to build the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute at the University of Colorado and to establish an endowed professorship. She is currently a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA.
She served as President of the Pan American Association of Ophthalmology, an organization of ophthalmologists from Canada to Tierra del Fuego of Chile and Argentina. She remains active in the organization including medical lectureships. She is also a member of the American Ophthalmological Society, established in 1864. She has had a long-standing interest in Nicaragua and served as the Honorary Consul from Nicaragua to the state of Colorado for many years.