Neurosurgeon Ben Carson gained international recognition as the first physician to successfully complete a separation of twins conjoined at the head. The Library of Congress designated this successful author and humanitarian as a living legend in 2001.Continue Reading
Born in 1951, Carson is a native of Detroit, Michigan, who grew up with significant financial challenges. His mother was a strong disciplinarian and educational advocate. Carson graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor's degree in psychology. He later attended medical school at the University of Michigan, where he decided to pursue a career in neurosurgery.
Carson earned an appointment as the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins and maintained the position for more than 25 years. He specialized in the separation of conjoined twins and began assisting patients from around the world. As his popularity grew, Carson began speaking to audiences across the country. After surviving prostate cancer, he authored his autobiography, entitled "Gifted Hands."
In 2008, President George W. Bush awarded Carson the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Rumors of his political aspirations began after he publicly criticized President Barack Obama in 2013. In May of 2015, he ended the speculation by officially announcing his intention to seek the 2016 Republican nomination for the United States presidency.Learn more about Politics