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Benjamin S. Carson

AKA Benjamin Solomon Carson, Jr.

Born: 18-Sep-1951
Birthplace: Detroit, MI

Gender: Male
Religion: Seventh Day Adventist
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Doctor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins

Brain surgeon Benjamin S. Carson is one of the world's top pediatric neurosurgeons. On 4-5 September 1987 he led a team of surgeons in a 22-hour operation, which was the first successful separation of twins conjoined (commonly called Siamese twins) at the back of the head. With several other successful separation surgeries, he has become the world's most respected surgeon in the separation of conjoined twins. In 2003 he performed a rare surgical separation of adult conjoined twins, but neither of the sisters survived the operation.

His other surgical accomplishments include the first intra-uterine operation intended to reduce pressure on the brain of a hydrocephalic fetal twin, and the revival of and improvements to a previously discarded surgical technique called hemispherectomy, which involves removal of half of a patient's brain to reduce seizures in persons with severe epilepsy. He is the author of numerous motivational books, and played himself in Stuck on You, Bobby and Peter Farrelly's comedy about conjoined adult twins.

Father: Robert Solomon Carson (Baptist minister)
Mother: Sonya Carson (div. 1959)
Brother: Curtis Carson (engineer, b. 1949)
Wife: Lacena Rustin (Candy", m. 1969, three sons)
Son: Murray
Son: Benjamin III
Son: Rhoeyce

    High School: Southwestern High School, Detroit, MI (1969)
    University: BS Psychology, Yale University (1973)
    Medical School: MD, University of Michigan (1977)
    Scholar: Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins University (1977-82)
    Scholar: Neurosurgery, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth, Australia (1983-84)
    Administrator: Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins University (1984-)

    Member of the Board of Costco (1999-)
    Member of the Board of Kellogg (1997-)
    Academy of Achievement 1995
    Library of Congress Living Legend 2000
    Healthcare Humanitarian Award 2004
    William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership 2005
    Presidential Medal of Freedom 2008
    Forbes 2000
    Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
    American Association of Neurological Surgeons
    American Neurological Association
    Evolution Skeptics
    Risk Factors: Prostate Cancer

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Stuck On You (10-Dec-2003) · Head Surgeon

Official Website:
http://afam.nts.jhu.edu/people/Carson/carson.html

Author of books:
Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (1990, memoir; with Cecil Murphey)
Think Big: Unleashing Your Potential for Excellence (1990, with Cecil Murphey)
The Big Picture: Getting Perspective on What's Really Important in Life (1999, with Gregg Lewis)
Take the Risk: Learning to Identify, Choose, and Live with Acceptable Risk (2007, with Gregg Lewis)


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