Benjamin S. Carson Sr., M.D.
Benjamin Solomon Carson Sr. is the Director of Pediatric
Neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, a
position he has held since 1984. He is a professor of neurosurgery,
oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics.
In 1987, he gained world-wide recognition as the principal
surgeon in the 22-hour separation of the Binder Siamese twins
from Germany. This was the first time occipital craniopagus
twins had been separated with both surviving. In 1997, Dr.
Carson was the primary surgeon in the team of South African
and Zambian surgeons who separated type-2 vertical craniopagus
twins (joined at the top of the head) in a 28-hour operation.
It represents the first time such complexly joined Siamese
twins have been separated with both remaining neurologically
He is noted for his use of cerebral hemispherectomy to control
intractable seizures as well as for his work in craniofacial
reconstructive surgery, achondroplasia (human dwarfism), and
pediatric neuro-oncology (brain tumors).
Dr. Carson is a recipient of numerous honors and awards including
more than 20 honorary doctorate degrees. He is a member of
the American Academy of Achievement, the Horatio Alger Society
of Distinguished Americans, the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical
Society, and many other prestigious organizations. He sits
on many boards including the Board of Directors of Kellogg
Company, Costco Wholesale Corporation, Yale Corporation (the
governing body of Yale University), and America's Promise.
He is the president and co-founder of the Carson Scholars
Fund which recognizes young people of all backgrounds for
exceptional academic and humanitarian accomplishments.
He is the author of Gifted Hands, THINK BIG,
and The Big Picture.
Dr. Carson has been married to Candy Carson for twenty-five
years and has three sons.
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