Benjamin Solomon “Ben” Carson Sr.(born September 18, 1951) is an American neurosurgeon, author, and politician who is the 17th and current United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, under the Trump Administration. Prior to his cabinet position, he was a candidate for President of the United Statesin the Republican primaries in 2016.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, and a graduate of Yale Universityand the University of Michigan Medical School, Carson has authored numerous books on his medical career and political stances. He was the subject of a television drama filmin 2009.
He was the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospitalin Marylandfrom 1984 until his retirement in 2013. As a pioneer in neurosurgery, Carson’s achievements include performing the only successful separation of conjoined twinsjoined at the back of the head, pioneering the first successful neurosurgical procedure on a fetus inside the womb, performing the first completely successful separation of type-2 vertical craniopagus twins, developing new methods to treat brain-stem tumors, and reviving hemispherectomytechniques for controlling seizures. [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]He became the youngest chief of pediatric neurosurgery in the country at age 33. [8]He has received more than 60 honorary doctorate degrees, dozens of national merit citations, and written over 100 neurosurgical publications. [9]In 2008, he was bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.