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Geoffrey Tabin, MD

Professor of Ophthalmology and Global Medicine at Stanford University

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Geoffrey Tabin, M.D. is the Fairweather Foundation Endowed Chair and Professor of Ophthalmology and Global Medicine at Stanford University and founding director of the Himalayan Cataract Project. 

Geof was an undergraduate Yale and then earned a M.A. in philosophy at Oxford as a Marshall Scholar. He then attended Harvard Medical School for his MD, completed his ophthalmology residency at Brown University and a cornea fellowship  at Melbourne University in Australia. He then worked in Nepal with Dr. Sanduk Ruit teaching cataract surgery. In 1995 Drs. Tabin and Ruit founded the Himalayan Cataract Project ( which is working to eradicate preventable and curable blindness through high-quality ophthalmic care, education and the establishment of world class eye care infrastructure.


As a climber, Dr. Tabin was the fourth person in the world to climb to the highest point on all seven continents while pioneering difficult rock and ice climbs on all seven continents including the first ascent of the East Face of Mt. Everest.


Tabin is the author of “Blind Corners – Adventures on 7 Continents” (Lyons Press 2002) as well as four Ophthalmology text-books including “Fighting Global Blindness”  Dr. Tabin has published more than 100 peer reviewed academic articles and book chapters. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Einstein 100, Gold Humanism in Medicine, American Academy of Ophthalmology Humanitarian Award, The ASCRS Chang/Crandall Humanitarian Award, The New York Times/Nicholas Kristoff Humanitarian Prize and the Dalai Lama’s Heroes of Compassion Award. He has been featured on multiple television programs including 60 Minutes, ABC News with David Muir, National Geographic Television, Discovery Channel, PBS, NPR as well as being a guest on Late Night with David Letterman and “That’s Incredible” for the invention of Bungy Jumping.

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