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Ben Solomon Carson

Ben Solomon Carson
Neurosurgeon

Benjamin Solomon Carson was born in 1951 in Detroit, Michigan, and endured a childhood of cruelty and poverty. His mother raised Dr. Solomon and his brother by herself and he performed poorly as a student.

With his mother's intervention and despite an admittedly violent temper and the racism in his high school, Dr. Carson graduated at the top of his class and enrolled at Yale University where he earned his B.A. in 1973. He then enrolled in the School of Medicine at the University of Michigan and earned his medical degree in 1977 and moved with his wife Maryland.

Dr. Carson became a resident at Johns Hopkins University and by 1982 was the chief resident in neurosurgery.

In 1983, Carson was invited to work at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth, Australia, where, because of a shortage of doctors in the country, he gained several years' worth of experience in a short time.

In 1985, while in his early 30s, Dr. Carson became director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Some of Dr. Carson's achievements include successfully detaching twins conjoined at the head in 1987 and his groundbreaking surgery on a twin suffering from an abnormal expansion of the head - conducted while the baby was still in the mother's uterus. Dr. Carson has performed operations which have greatly expanded scientific knowledge of the brain and its functions.

Today, Dr. Carson performs 500 operations a year, three times as many as most neurosurgeons, a fact for which he credits his very, very efficient staff.

Dr. Carson has also become a well-known inspirational writer and speaker, using his career, with its a triumph over circumstances, as a role model and source of inspiration. His spirit and medical expertise have made him the surgeon of choice for parents with children suffering rare neurological conditions.

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