September 18, 1951
Detroit , Michigan , United States
Fields Neurosurgery , psychiatry
Institutions Johns Hopkins Hospital
Alma mater Yale University
University of Michigan Medical School
Known for Pediatric neurosurgery
Notable awards Presidential Medalof Freedom (2008) The highest civilian Award in the States.
Carson was born in Detroit, Michigan and was raised by his single mother, Sonya Carson. He struggled academically throughout elementary school, but started to excel in middle school and throughout high school. After graduating with honors from Southwestern High School, he attended Yale University.
Carson’s eye-hand coordination and three-dimension al reasoning skills made him a gifted surgeon. After medical school he became a neurosurgery resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Starting off as an adult neurosurgeon Carson became more interested in pediatrics. With children he believed that”what you see is what you get, … when they’re in pain they clearly show it with a frown on their face or when they are happythey show it by *SMILING* brightly.”
Benjamin Solomon Carson made medical history by being the first surgeon to successfully separate siamese twins (the Binder twins) conjoined at the back of the head ( craniopagus twins ). The 50-member surgical team, led by Carson, worked for 22 hours. At the end, the twins were successfully separated and can now survive independently.
At age 33, he became the hospital’s youngest major divisiondirector, as Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery. Carson’s other surgical innovations have included the first intrauterine procedure to relieve pressure on the brain of a hydrocephalic fetal twin, and a hemispherectomy , in which a young girl suffering from uncontrollable seizures had one half of her brain removed completely.
Carson married Candy Rustin, whom he met at Yale in 1975; sheholds a M.B.A. degree and is an accomplished musician.
Awards and honors
Carson has received numerous honors and many awards over the years, including over 61 honorary doctorate degrees. He was also a member of the American Academy of Achievement , the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans , the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society , the Yale Corporation (the governing body of Yale University), and otherprestigious organizations. He sits on many boards including the Board of Directors of Kellogg Company , Costco Wholesale Corporation , and America’s Promise .
Publications and appearances
Carson has written four bestselling books published by Zondervan , an international Christian media and publishing company: *Gifted Hands* , *The Big Picture* , *Take the Risk *, and THINK BIG . The first book is an autobiography and two are about his personal philosophies of success that incorporate hard work and a faith in God;
“Do your best and let God do the rest.”
― Ben Carson
You can be great too, just Thing Big and like a Genius too.