Dr. Geoff Tabin

From: Park City, Utah
Focus: John and Marva Warnock Presidential Endowed Chair, Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, Co-Director, Division of International Ophthalmology, Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Surgery

Geoffrey Tabin, M.D. is Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Co-Director of the Division of International Ophthalmology at the University of Utah’s John A. Moran Eye Center and the Founding Chairman of the "Himalayan Cataract Project" (www.cureblindness.org). He specializes in cornea, cataract and refractive surgery. Dr. Tabin graduated from Yale College and earned an M.A. in philosophy at Oxford as a Marshall Scholar, followed by an M.D. from Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Geoff Tabin is committed to providing quality ophthalmic care and education to all the patients he serves. He has traveled the world extensively conducting sight restoring surgeries and training local doctors. In 2009, Dr. Tabin was named an "unsung hero" by the Dalai Lama for his dedication to eradicating unnecessary world blindness and implementing a model for sustainable ophthalmic care in the developing world.

Tabin is the fourth person in the world to reach the highest point on all 7 continents, with first ascents of technical routes on all seven, including the still unrepeated first ascent of the East Face of Mt. Everest in 1983.

The John A. Moran Eye Center is the largest vision treatment and research center between Michigan and the West Coast. In addition to clinical and research excellence, it has a proud tradition of providing eye care and critical ophthalmic training in areas of the world where specialized care is inadequate or non-existent. Under the supervision of co-directors Geoffrey Tabin, MD and Alan Crandall, MD, the Moran Eye Center’s International Division is implementing a model for sustainable eye care in some of the world's most needy areas.

The World Health Organization reports that over 100 million people in the developing world are "functionally blind" due to cataracts that can be cured through simple surgery. Second Suns, a book by best-selling author David Oliver Relin, recounts the journey of Moran Eye Center physician Dr. Geoff Tabin and his Nepalese partner, Dr. Sanduk Ruit, as they work to eradicate preventable blindness. Together, the unlikely duo performs hundreds of thousands of first-world quality cataract surgeries in the world’s poorest and most remote places for less than $20 an eye. Published by Random House, Second Suns went on sale June 18, 2013.

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Past Glory

Fourth person to climb the 7 summits, the highest on each continent including the first ascent of the East ( Kangshung) Face of Mt Everest in 1983.


Eradicate preventable and treatable blindness in my lifetime and bring quality cataract care to sub Saharan Africa in the next five years following the training model we established through the Himalayan Cataract Project.

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