Moran Eye Center Ophthalmologist Geoffrey Tabin, M.D., Receives 2007 International Tennis Hall of Fame Achievement Award

Moran Eye Center Ophthalmologist Geoffrey Tabin, M.D., Receives 2007 International Tennis Hall of Fame Achievement Award

Sep 16, 2007 6:00 PM

Salt Lake City -- The John A. Moran Eye Center's Geoffrey Tabin, M.D., (Yale '78), a professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, is the winner of the 2007 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Achievement Award presented by the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Rolex Watch U.S.A. Dr. Tabin was honored on September 7th during this year's International Tennis Hall of Fame Board of Directors meeting where he was presented a distinctive Rolex timepiece. The ITA Achievement Award winner's alma mater's collegiate tennis program will also receive a $1,000 donation from the ITA.

The ITA Achievement Award was created in 1994 to pay tribute each year to past participants in the world of collegiate varsity tennis who have achieved excellence in their chosen careers. The spirit of this award honors both professional success and contributions to society, made either as a direct result of a career, or through humanitarian efforts. The ITA Achievement Award winner is determined by a distinguished award selection panel that includes tennis champions Chris Evert and Stan Smith. .

Dr. Tabin serves as the Director of the Division of International Ophthalmology at the John A. Moran Eye Center, University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He is a specialist in corneal disease and refractive surgery. His most recent international mission was with the United Nations Millennial Villages Project in Bonsaao, Ghana, where he and Moran ophthalmologist Paul Bernstein, M.D., Ph.D., and a team of health care specialists, examined 4,600 people and performed 159 surgeries in a very remote and logistically difficult area. .

Dr. Tabin also formed the Himalayan Cataract Project in 1994, with Dr. Sanduk Ruit, a native of Nepal. Since the founding of the project over ten years ago, Drs. Tabin and Ruit have directly restored sight to over 65,000 people, and this year in Nepal alone more than 110,00 people will have their sight restored due in large part to the extraordinary efforts of the Himalayan Cataract Project. Drs. Tabin and Ruit are working to develop other international eye care programs in India, North Korea and Ghana, and have published a book together entitled Fighting Global Blindness. .

An avid climber, Dr. Tabin was the first ophthalmologist to summit Mt. Everest, and only the fourth person in the world to climb the "Seven Summits," the highest point of all seven continents. He played tennis for four years at Yale, serving as team captain in his junior and senior years. He also received the James Hutchinson Award for Leadership in Tennis. Tabin earned his Masters degree at Oxford University on a Marshall Scholarship, and completed his education at Harvard Medical School. .

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