[Editor's Note: On Friday, Mar. 4, 2016, Dr. Ben Carson announced the suspension of his presidential campaign. He stated the following during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC): "I am leaving the campaign trail. I will still continue to be heavily involved in trying to save our nation. We have to save it."]

Republican Presidential Candidate
Professor Emeritus of Neurosurgery
at Johns Hopkins University

Full Name: Benjamin Solomon Carson, Sr.
Birthdate: Sep. 18, 1951
Birthplace: Detroit, MI
Marital Status: Married
Children: Three
Religion: Seventh-Day Adventist

  • Cofounder, Carson Scholars Fund, 1994-present
  • Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1984-2013
  • Neurosurgeon, Johns Hopkins Hospital, July 1977-July 2013
  • Appointee, President's Council on Bioethics, 2004
  • Cofounder, Benevolent Endowment Fund (BEN Fund)
  • Neurosurgeon, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (Perth, Australia), 1983-1984
  • Chief Resident of Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins University, 1982-1983
  • Resident, Johns Hopkins University, 1977-1982

  • MD, Neurosurgery, University of Michigan School of Medicine, 1977
  • BA, Psychology, Yale University, 1973

Affiliations and Awards:
  • Board Member, Kellogg Company, 1997-present
  • Board Member, Academy of Achievement, 2003-present
  • Chairman of the Board, Vaccinogen, Aug. 2014-May 2015
  • Recipient, Presidential Medal of Freedom, June 2008
  • Recipient, Ford's Theatre Lincoln Medal, Feb. 2008
  • Recipient, NAACP Springarn Medal, 2006
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Costco Wholesale Corporation
  • Trustee, Yale University, 1997-2003
  • Honoree, Library of Congress Living Legend, 2001
  • Honoree, CNN and TIME magazine's 20 Foremost Physicians and Scientists, 2001

  • Performed the first intrauterine surgery in 1986 in which he corrected hydrocephalus
  • Performed the first surgery to separate craniopagus twins who were conjoined at the backs of their heads on Sep. 4, 1987
  • Performed the first surgery to separate craniopagus twins who were conjoined at the tops of their heads in 1997. The surgery took place in Zambia, took 28-hours, and both boys survived
  • Holds more than 60 honorary doctorate degrees
  • His autobiography was turned into a made-for-TV movie starring Cuba Gooding, Jr.
  • Survived prostate cancer

Select Publications:
  • One Vote: Make Your Voice Heard, 2014
  • One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future, 2014
  • America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great, 2012
  • Take the Risk: Learning to Identify, Choose, and Live with Acceptable Risk, 2009
  • Think Big: Unleashing Your Potential for Excellence, 2006
  • The Big Picture: Getting Perspective on What's Really Important in Life, 2000
  • Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story, 1996

Contact Information:
Phone: None listed
E-Mail: bencarson.com/contact