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Public Lecture Series with Dr. Geoff Tabin

Impossible Dreams

The First Ascent of the East Face of Mt. Everest and Eliminating Preventable and Treatable Blindness

Dr. Geoff Tabin FN'85 is a Professor of Surgery and Ophthalmology at the University of Utah School of Medicine and Co-Director of the Himalayan Cataract Project, recently featured on 60 Minutes. Geoff was a former Associate Professor of Surgery and Ophthalmology at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He was the fourth person to climb the “7 Summits,” the highest point of all seven continents; and has pioneered difficult technical rock, ice, and mountaineering routes on all seven continents including the East Face of Mt. Everest.

Dr. Tabin is a graduate of Yale College, Oxford University (on a Marshall Scholarship) and Harvard Medical School. He completed a general surgery internship at The University of Colorado Hospitals, a residency in ophthalmology at Brown University and a corneal fellowship at Melbourne University in Australia. He then spent a year teaching eye surgery in Nepal. In 1994 he co-founded the Himalayan Cataract Project, which strives to eradicate preventable and curable blindness in the Himalaya through high quality ophthalmic care, education, and establishment of a world-class eye care infrastructure.

The story of Dr. Tabin and the founding of the Himalayan Cataract Project is told in Second Suns by David Oliver Relin, available in paperback from The Experiment Publishing. Second Suns is the unforgettable true story of two very different doctors with a common mission: to rid the world of preventable blindness. Dr. Geoffrey Tabin was the high-achieving “bad boy” of his class at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Sanduk Ruit grew up in a remote village in the Himalayas, where cataract blindness—easily curable in modern hospitals—amounts to an epidemic. Together, they pioneered a new surgical method, by which they have helped restore sight to over 4 million people—all for about $20 per operation.

Date: Monday, November 6

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $25

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