Ben Carson, MD has been my role model and hero ever since I met him when I was in high school. His book, "Gifted Hands" will answer all questions and I urge everyone to buy it and read it. You won't be able to put that book down until you have finished it so do it over the weekend.
I will definitely be putting my .02 in later on as someone who is neither white nor black, someone from the outside lookin in, although I have to go through a "different" kind of racism in daily life.
Dr. Ben Carson
Benjamin Solomon Carson
(born September 18
is a noted American neurosurgeon
. He became the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital
when he was 33 years old.
Benjamin Carson was born in inner city Detroit, Michigan
, and he has one older brother Curtis. His mother Sonya had high expectations for her sons despite her third grade education and the fact she married at the age of thirteen. She and Benjamin's father divorced when he was eight years old. Sonya pressured her sons to go from the bottom of the class to the top.
When Sonya saw Benjamin's falling grades she was determined to turn around her sons' lives. She limited their time with the television and only let them play outside when all of their school work was done. She also made them read two books a week and then write bookreports on what they had read, even though she couldn't understand most of it due to her poor education.
One day when Carson's teacher brought in a sample rock, Benjamin recognized it and amazed his classmates, causing them to realize that he wasn't as dumb as they once believed. In a year's time he was on top of his class. With his new found thirst for knowledge he studied hard in all subjects, studying not just for the sake of a test or to pass, but to quench his thirst for knowledge. Carson later developed an interest in psychology
, and he graduated from high school with honors.
Carson then attended Yale University
where he earned a degree in Psychology. From there he went to the University of Michigan Medical School. There his interest shifted from psychology to neurosurgery, and after medical school he went to Johns Hopkins Hospital
. At age 32, he became the hospital's Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery
In 1987, Carson made medical history with an operation to separate a pair of siamese twins
. The Binder twins were joined at the back of the head. Previous operations such as these failed causing both twins to die or only saving one. After 22 hours of surgery with a staff of seventy on hand the operation came out a success.
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. The twins did not share any organs but did share intricate blood vessels which flowed into each child's brain. According to Carson, he had performed surgical rehearsals with a computerized, 3-D virtual workbench that allowed him to visualize computerized reconstructions of the twins' brains. The operation lasted 22 hours. The twins, who are doing well, live in Zambia
In 2003, he was a member of the surgical team which worked to separate conjoined siblings Ladan and Laleh Bijani
. When they asked why he had performed such a risky surgery, he said that he had heard them say that they would rather die than stay conjoined.
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 Association of Distinguished Americans
, the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
, and many other prestigious organizations. He sits on many boards including the Board of Directors of Kellogg Company
, Costco Wholesale Corporation
, Yale Corporation (the governing body of Yale University
), and America's Promise
. He is also the president and co-founder of the Carson Scholars Fund, which recognizes young people of all backgrounds for exceptional academic and humanitarian accomplishments. Carson did a cameo in the 2003 movie Stuck on You
(starring Matt Damon
and Greg Kinnear
) where he dons a surgeon mask to separate the conjoined twins.
Carson was appointed to the President's Council on Bioethics
by George W. Bush
In addition to being a surgeon, Carson is also a writer who has authored three bestsellers: Gifted Hands
, The Big Picture
, and Think Big
. The first book is an autobiography, and the latter two are about his personal philosophies of success that incorporate hard work and a faith in God. Ben Carson is a Seventh-day Adventist
, and an outspoken Christian
Carson has been married to Candy Carson for twenty-five years and has three sons. He also has a middle school named after him, Benjamin S. Carson Honors Preparatory Middle School.
For the 2006 PBS program African American Lives
, Carson, along with other notable African Americans such as Oprah Winfrey
and comedian Chris Tucker
, had his DNA tested
to discover his original African ancestry. The genetic test determined that some of his ancestors originated from the Lunda
ethnic group, who are currently located in Angola
, and Zambia
Dr. Carson has also had success with Trigeminal neuralgia
. Using Radio frequency
and Glycerine Rhizotomy he has saved many lives from this painful disease noted as "the suicide disease" due to the level of pain.