University of Utah School of Medicine Commencement to Honor 104 New Doctors, Other Health-Care Professionals

University of Utah School of Medicine Commencement to Honor 104 New Doctors, Other Health-Care Professionals

May 18, 2006 6:00 PM

SALT LAKE CITY - More than 300 students-including 104 new medical doctors-will graduate from the University of Utah School of Medicine on Saturday (May 20) at Kingsbury Hall. Commencement takes place at 10 a.m.

Geoffrey C. Tabin, M.D., professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences at the U of U and a world-class mountaineer who has climbed Mount Everest three times, will give the commencement address, "Medicine: A Passion for Life!" Tabin, who is the director of the John A. Moran Eye Center's Division of International Ophthalmology and co-director of the Himalayan Cataract Project, will talk about his work against a major public health-care crisis in the Himalyan region: preventable blindness.

Along with the M.D. degrees, the medical school this year will confer 26 doctorate degrees (Ph.D.s), 146 master of science and philosophy degrees, and 25 bachelor of science degrees in disciplines ranging from biochemistry to oncological sciences to human genetics. Seventy-five of these students will receive master of physician assistant studies degrees and 25 will receive master of science in public health degrees.

Commencement speaker Tabin's love of climbing in the Himalaya Mountains exposed him to blinding eye-disease problems in Nepal and other areas in that region. Since 1994, he and a colleague, Dr. Sanduk Ruit, have performed more than 100,000 sight-restoring cataract operations on people in that part of the world.

Along with scaling Everest, Tabin has completed another of climbing's great feats, known as the Seven Summits: He has climbed the highest peak on each of the seven continents.

Representatives from the state board of regents, University board of trustees and administrators, and medical school administrators will take part in the commencement ceremony.

# # #

# # #

Visit our News Archive for a complete list of previous News.