Carson speaking at CPAC, February 2015
|Born||Benjamin Solomon Carson
September 18, 1951
Detroit, Michigan, United States
|Institutions||Johns Hopkins Hospital|
|Alma mater||Yale University
University of Michigan
|Known for||Separation of conjoined twins
Conservative political commentary
|Notable awards||Presidential Medal of Freedom
Ford’s Theatre Lincoln Medal
|Spouse||Lacena “Candy” (Rustin) Carson (m. 1975)|
Benjamin Solomon “Ben” Carson, Sr. (born September 18, 1951) is an American politician, author, and retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon. He was the first surgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins joined at the head. In 2008 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush.
After delivering a widely publicized speech at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast, he became a popular conservative figure in political media for his views on social and political issues. Carson is running for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in the 2016 election.