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2017 Distinguished Humanitarian Award

Geoffrey Tabin, M.D. is Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, John E. and Marva M. Warnock Presidential Endowed Chair, and Co-Director of the Division of International Ophthalmology at the University of Utah’s John A. Moran Eye Center.  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. 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.  

An avid mountaineer, Dr. Tabin was the fourth person in the world to climb the "7 summits," the highest point of all seven continents.