|Benjamin S. Carson|
AKA Benjamin Solomon Carson, Jr.
Birthplace: Detroit, MI
Religion: Seventh Day Adventist
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Doctor, Pundit
Party Affiliation: Republican
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
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.
Retired from work at the operating table, he is now the author of numerous motivational books, and played himself in Stuck on You, Bobby and Peter Farrelly's comedy about conjoined adult twins. He is also a well-known conservative political pundit and Republican Presidential candidate for 2016.
"ObamaCare is the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery. In a way, it is slavery, because it is making all of us subservient to the government."
"Marriage is between a man and a woman. It's a well-established, fundamental pillar of society, and no group — be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality — it doesn't matter what they are — they don't get to change the definition."
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: Benjamin III
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-)
US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (2017-)
Member of the Board of Costco (1999-2015)
Member of the Board of Kellogg (1997-2015)
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
American Neurological Association
Trump Transition Team Vice Chair
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
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
Risk Factors: Prostate Cancer
FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
Stuck On You (10-Dec-2003) · Head Surgeon
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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