Dr. Geoffrey Tabin, popularly known as Geoff Tabin, is the man working alongside Dr. Sanduk Ruit in restoring the eyesight of millions of people through their project, the Himalayan Cataract Project. Like Dr.Ruit, Dr.Tabin is also a seasoned ophthalmologist and a medical visionary who has more than ten years of experience in an international non-profit organization.
Dr. Tabin provides his expertise in sixteen countries through the Himalayan Cataract Project. He annually spends three months in Asia treating preventable and curable blindness. With Dr. Ruit, he has restored the sight of millions of people.
Besides being among the few doctors practicing incision microsurgery, Dr. Tabin is also the pioneer of bungee jumping. He and his friends invented bungee jumping when he was just a twenty-one-year-old college student.
Biography & Wiki Quick Summary
|Dr. Geoffery Tabin
|Date of birth
|July 3, 1956
|67 years old
|Place of birth
|Glencoe, Illinois, USA
|Dr. Clifford James Tabin
|Dr. Jean Hayden Demarchis Tabin
|Ophthalmology, Medical Visionary,
Humanitarian and Mountaineer
Geoff Net Worth
Dr. Tabin has a great career. He works with multiple universities and organizations. He has been performing hundreds of surgeries all over the world. He is also an active guide and teacher for many fellow doctors.
It is a no-brainer that he earns a great deal of money. However, besides his professional work, he has also been giving back to the community.
He has done a lot of charity work. He has been working as the chairman of the nonprofit organization Himalayan Cataract Project for more than ten years.
So, it is safe to assume that he has a decent net worth, out of which he uses some of it for charitable work.
Geoff’s Personal Life and Family
Dr. Tabin was born in Glencoe, Illinois. He is the second son of the nuclear physicist Julius Tabin. Julius Tabin was a talented physicist who even worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II.
Dr. Tabin has not disclosed anything about his mother, but he has shared about his elder brother.
The Chairman of the Department of Genetics at Harvard University, Dr. Clifford Tabin, is his elder brother.
Like his father, his elder brother is also a genius with a Ph.D. degree from MIT in the biology department.
Besides being a talented surgeon and working to remove preventable blindness through his nonprofit project, HCP, Dr. Tabin is also the founder of bungee jumping.
He and his friends from Oxford were the first ones to invent bungee jumping. He was just twenty-one years old when he and his friends did bungee jumping from the Clifton Suspension bridge and then from San Francisco. The group also did it from the Royal George Suspension Bridge for the TV show, That’s Incredible.
It shows that Dr. Tabin is not only kind but also courageous. And because of this kindness and courage, he has been helping and inspiring so many people.
Geoff’s Wife and Relationship
The 67 year-old ophthalmologist was married to a fellow ophthalmologist Jean Hayden Demarchis. Jean is a graduate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry. Both of them work at the Moran Eye Center.
Though they have not shared much detail about their married life, they were once happily married. However, they have parted ways and even got a divorce.
The ex-couple has two beautiful children between them. They have a son named Daniel and a daughter named Sara.
Both Daniel and Sara are grown up now and share a great bond with their parents.
Dr. Tabin went to New Trier High School to get his high school degree. After high school, he joined Yale University, where he studied Bachelor in Arts.
After graduating from Yale, he then enrolled at the University of Oxford. At Oxford, he received the Marshall scholarship and earned a degree of Master in Philosophy.
Despite already having a degree in philosophy, Tabin wanted to pursue a career in medicine too. So, he joined Harvard Medical School and got an MD degree.
With an MD degree, Tabin then did residency and fellowships in the USA and Australia and worked in Nepal before getting his board certification from the American Board of Opthalmology.
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Dr. Tabin initially was a philosophy student, but he changed the direction of his career after joining Harvard Medical School to pursue a career in medicine.
He started his career at the University of Colorado as a general surgery resident. He completed his time at the university and moved to Michael Reese Hospital Training programs.
Tabin completed his residency at the Michael Reese Hospital and moved to Brown University. Even at Brown, he worked as a resident, but this time in the ophthalmology department.
After completing his residency at Brown, Dr. Tabin then moved to Melbourne and started his fellowship at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. During his fellowship day, he focused on corneal surgery.
Once his fellowship was over, he traveled to Nepal and started working with Dr. Ruit in an eye hospital in Biratnagar, Nepal. However, this was not the first time that Tabin had visited Nepal.
Dr. Tabin had visited Nepal previously to climb Mt. Everest. On his expedition to Mt. Everest, he met a team of Dutch medical personnel. The medical team was performing cataract surgery on a woman who was the victim of preventable blindness and was incapable of seeing anything for the last three years.
This incident was an eye-opener for Tabin, and at that moment, he knew what he wanted to do with his life. So, when he completed his fellowship in Australia, he decided it was about time he followed his determination.
While working with Dr. Ruit, he co-founded the Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP). Tabin and Dr. Ruit started treating cataract surgeries in many parts of Nepal as a part of their project. Though the project began in Nepal, it soon expanded to around sixteen other countries like Ghana, Bhutan, Ethiopia, India, etc.
With the HCP, the two passionate and talented doctors have restored the eyesight of more than millions of people.
Besides working in HCP, Dr. Tabin also works at Stanford University and Byers Eye Institute as a professor of ophthalmology and global medicine. He also works at the American Society of Cataract and Surgeons and the American Academy of Opthalmology, where he teaches courses on cataract surgery.
He is also the co-director at the University of Utah and Moran Eye Center and even is associated with George E Wahlen Medical Center, a primary hospital for children.
Along with being an expert surgeon, Dr. Tabin is also a successful author. He has written two books and has published several article reviews of his peers. He has also written many chapters in the book used for Opthalmology and developing world studies.
For all his contributions, Dr. Tabin has received numerous awards. In 2008, he was the recipient of the Outstanding Humanitarian Service Award. He was also declared the Unsung hero of Compassion by his holiness Dalai Lama.
Dr. Tabin has been an inspirational figure for millions of people and is continuing his journey in eradicating the preventable and curable blindless alongside Dr. Ruit.