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Geoff Tabin

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Geoff Tabin is an ophthalmologist whose goal is to reduce preventable blindness around the world; he’s performed thousands of cataracts surgeries and created systems to facilitate many thousands more.


Geoff likes to climb really tall things and sometimes fall from them; oh yeah, he invented bungee jumping.

Getting Sight Back

Geoff Tabin climbs some mountains and performs thousands of cataracts surgeries in Nepal and Africa.


Life isn't dangerous enough, so Geoff Tabin invents bungee jumping.

30 Seconds on Cataracts

We give Geoff Tabin 30 seconds to talk about cataracts and he tells us about peanut M&Ms.

The Invention of Bungee Jumping

We ask Geoff Tabin 7 questions about the invention of bungee jumping and he says people think he's "an idiot."
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About Geoff Tabin

Geoff Tabin is a Professor of Ophthamology and Visual Sciences and Director of International Ophthamology at the John A. Moran Eye Center and University of Utah. He is also the Co-Founder of the Himalayan Cataract Project. While not curing blindness, Geoff climbs mountains around the world, including the highest points in each of the seven continents. And with his buddies at the Oxford Dangerous Sport Club (you read that right), he invented bungee jumping (you read that right, too).

Original funding for "The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers" was provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.