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Author and Retired Neurosurgeon

Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D., became the chief of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1984 at the age of 33, making him the youngest major division director in the hospital’s history.  

Born to a single mother, Carson was raised in dire poverty. The love of reading changed the course of his life, however, and in 1968, he was admitted to Yale University. He went on receive his M.D. from the University of Michigan Medical School.

Dr. Carson has written eight books, three of which were co-authored with his wife of 39 years, Candy. He is also the recipient of the 2006 Spingarn Medal, which is the highest honor bestowed by the NAACP. In June 2008, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He served for many years on the board of directors for Kellogg Company and Costco Wholesale Corporation. In 2014, the Gallup Organization in their annual survey, named Dr. Carson as one of the 10 Most Admired Men in the World.

Dr. Carson and his wife are co-founders of the Carson Scholars Fund, which recognizes young people for exceptional academic and humanitarian accomplishments.  The Fund is currently operating in 50 states and the District of Columbia, and has assisted more than 6,700 scholars.

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