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Who is Benjamin Carson?

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Ben Carson is a neurosurgeon and author. As of 2015, he is widely expected to run in the 2016 presidential election. Carson gained widespread notoriety as the first surgeon to successfully separate twins conjoined at the head.

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Who is Benjamin Carson?
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Carson was born in Detroit, Michigan on September 18, 1951. Though his family had little money, his mother pushed him to excel academically and to pursue his professional dreams. He earned his bachelors degree in psychology from Yale University.

After attending medical school at the University of Michigan, Carson chose to pursue a career in neurosurgery. By the age of 33, he was named director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

In 1987, his medical work brought him national attention as he successfully separated conjoined twins from around the world. Carson began traveling the country, giving speeches about his life story and philosophy. A prostate cancer survivor, the doctor has written several books, including an autobiography "Gifted Hands". In 2008, President George W. Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Rumors of Carson's political aspirations were fueled when he spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast in 2013 and criticized President Barack Obama. Fox News hired him as a political consultant during that same year.

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