Dr. Ben Carson is an American neurosurgeon, and was the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Carson first came to media attention when he separated the conjoined Binder twins who were joined at the head and shared part of the same brain. In 1997 he traveled to South Africa where he led a 70-member team in the successful separation of 11-month old Zambian twin boys, Joseph and Luka Banda, joined at the head.
Dr. Carson has received 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 is the president and co-founder of the Carson Scholars Fund, and was appointed to the President’s Council on Bioethics by George W. Bush in 2004.
In addition to being a surgeon, Dr. Carson is also a writer who has authored three bestsellers: “Gifted Hands”, “The Big Picture”, and “Think Big”.