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Ben Carson
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Carson speaking in 2016
Born September 18, 1951 (1951-09-18) (age 68)
Citizenship American
Alma mater Yale University
University of Michigan Medical School
Known for Pediatric neurosurgery
Awards Presidential Medal of Freedom
Scientific career
Fields Neurosurgery
Institutions Johns Hopkins Hospital

Benjamin S. "Ben" Carson, Sr (born September 18, 1951) is an American neurosurgeon. After graduating from Yale University, Carson went to University of Michigan Medical School, and was later accepted to Johns Hopkins University.

In 2008, Carson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from George W. Bush. He was the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is known for, among other accomplishments, being the first doctor to separate twins that were joined together at the head.

Early life

Carson was born in Detroit, Michigan to Sonya Copeland and to Robert Carson. He studied at Yale University and at the University of Michigan.


Carson was a professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics, and he was the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. At 33, he became the youngest major division director in the hospital's history as director of pediatric neurosurgery. He was also a co-director of the Johns Hopkins Craniofacial Center.

He was the first surgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins joined at the head. In 2008 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush. After delivering a widely publicized speech at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast, he became a popular conservative figure in political media for his views on social and political issues.

In March 2013, Carson announced he would retire as a surgeon, stating "I'd much rather quit when I'm at the top of my game". His retirement became official on July 1, 2013.

2016 presidential campaign

Carson ran for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in the 2016 election.

On March 2 following the 2016 Super Tuesday primaries, Carson announced that while he was not suspending his campaign he "did not see a 'path forward'" and would not attend the next Republican debate in Detroit. On March 4, 2016, Carson suspended his presidential campaign. He later endorsed Donald Trump.

United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

On December 5, 2016, Trump nominated Carson for the job of United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Personal life

Carson married Candy Carson in 1975. They have three children.

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