Ben Carson, in full Benjamin Solomon Carson, Sr., (born September 18, 1951, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.), is an American politician and neurosurgeon famously known for performing the first successful separation of conjoined twins who were attached at the back of the head (occipital craniopagus twins)You might want to google that!. The operation, which took place in 1987, lasted some 22 hours and involved a 70-member surgical team.
Carson also refined a technique known as hemispherectomy, in which one-half of the brain is removed to prevent seizures in persons with severe epilepsy. He later became active in politics and served as U.S. secretary of housing and urban development (HUD; 2017– ) in the administration of Pres. Donald Trump
Dr. Carson’s modest beginnings are certainly what made his career success amazing and almost unfathomable. Born and raised in inner-city Detroit, Dr. Carson credits his mother Sonya’s influence with much of his success. She performed domestic work to keep her family financially afloat.
With only a third grade education herself, Sonya Carson prayed diligently for wisdom to help Ben and his older brother Curtis succeed in school. Vigorous studying and a thirst for knowledge enabled young Dr. Carson to graduate from high school with honors and gain admission to Yale University where he pursued a degree in Psychology.
He then went onto medical school at the University of Michigan, where his interest shifted from psychiatry to neurosurgery.
It was then that Dr. Carson realized his ability to visualize the brain in three dimensions, excellent hand-eye coordination, and extensive neurological background were qualities fitting for a career as a neurosurgeon. After medical school, Dr. Carson became a neurosurgery resident at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
Success is determined not by whether or not you face obstacles, but by your reaction to them – Ben CarsonGifted Hands by Ben Carson
At age 33, Dr. Carson became the youngest physician to ever head a major division at Johns Hopkins. He was the director of pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, a position he held since 1984, and a professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatric medicine before he went into politics.
In 2012, Dr. Carson announced his plans to retire. He left Johns Hopkins in 2013 after more than 30 years with the institution and with an exemplary record as a neurosurgeon.
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