Benjamin Solomon “Ben” Carson, Sr. (born September 18, 1951) is an American retired neurosurgeon and former candidate for President of the United States. Born in Detroit, Michigan, and a graduate of Yale University and theUniversity of Michigan Medical School, Carson has authored numerous books on his medical career and political stances, and was the subject of a television drama film in 2009.
He was the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland from 1984 until his retirement in 2013. As a pioneer in neurosurgery, Carson’s achievements include performing the first and only successful separation of Siamese twins joined at the back of the head, pioneering the first successful neurosurgical procedure on a fetus inside the womb, performing the first completely successful separation of type-2 vertical craniopagus twins, developing new methods to treat brain-stem tumors and reviving hemispherectomy techniques for controlling seizures. Carson became the youngest chief of pediatric neurosurgery in the country at age 33. He has received more than 60 honorary doctorate degrees, dozens of national merit citations, and written over 100 neurosurgical publications. In 2008, he was bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.
Carson’s widely publicized speech at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast catapulted him to conservative fame for his views on social and political issues. On May 4, 2015, Carson announced he was running for the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election at a rally in his hometown of Detroit.
On March 2, 2016, following the Super Tuesday primaries, Carson announced that he did “not see a political path forward” and would not attend the next Republican debate in Detroit. He said, “this grassroots movement on behalf of ‘We the People’ will continue,” indicating that he would give more details later in the week. He suspended his campaign on March 4 and announced he would be the new national chairman of My Faith Votes, a group that encourages Christians to exercise their civic duty to vote. On March 11, 2016, Carson endorsed the candidacy of Donald Trump and at the press conference stated that Trump, known for his outspokenness, had a “cerebral” side.
On this date in 1987, Dr. Ben Carson performed the historic 22-hour operation at Johns Hopkins Hospital, separating twins who were joined at the head. Let’s celebrate and appreciate this Unique and Modern day African-American Hero.