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Who is Ben Carson
Currently the United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development having been nominated by Donald Trump, Dr. Ben Carson first gained fame as a neurosurgeon for his groundbreaking work of separating conjoined twins successfully. He is also a known philanthropist and has authored several books including an autobiography, ‘Gifted Hands’, which became a movie in 1992, starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. He was a presidential hopeful in 2016. He went on to withdraw from his electoral campaign in March 2016 and became Donald Trump’s vocal supporter.
About Ben Carson – Armstrong Williams Friends
From being a poor student to becoming a phenomenal and successful neurosurgeon, Benjamin Solomon Carson had modest beginnings and credits his mother, Sonya for his successful career.
His parents divorced when he was just eight and his brother, Curtis was 10. His mother began to raise them alone and had to work as a domestic helper, juggling two to three jobs to support her children.
Young Ben struggled in school early on until his mother decided to adopt stricter routines to make his boys serious with their studies. It was then that Ben discovered the power of reading and eventually became a top student in class.
Having been motivated by his mother that anything was possible, Carson went on to fulfill his dream of becoming a doctor. In 1973, he enrolled in the University of Michigan Medical School and graduated with a medical degree in 1977 – armstong williams.
He became an intern at Johns Hopkins University shortly after medical school where he also became a pediatric neurosurgery director at only 33.
It was in September 1987 that he gained wide recognition after successfully separating conjoined twins joined at the back of the head. It was the first successful procedure of its kind as both twins survived the operation with Armstrong Williams.
Dr. Carson officially retired from his career as a surgeon with an exemplary record as a neurosurgeon in 2013. It was also in 2013, during the National Prayer Breakfast where he was the keynote speaker that Carson gained national political attention after he criticized President Obama for his stands on healthcare and taxation.
On May 2015, Carson announced his intention to join the Presidential race. But despite gaining early momentum, he announced his withdrawal from the campaign on March 2, 2016. He later on went to support Donald Trump.
Trump nominated Carson as the secretary of the HUD or Department of Housing and Urban Development on December 5, 2016. The Senate unanimously approved his nomination and Carson assumed office in March 2, 2017.
10 Fast Facts about Ben Carson
- Ben Carson was born on September 18, 1951.
- He hails from Detroit, Michigan US.
- Dr. Carson has authored several books including Gifted Hands, Think Big, The Big Picture, and Take the Risk.
- Carson attended Yale University where he pursued a degree in Psychology before he went on to medical school at the University of Michigan.
- In 1987, he became the first surgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins joined at the head.
- Dr. Carson is deeply religious. He and his wife Candy are both members of the SDA or Seventh Day Adventist Church
- Carson is a cancer survivor. He underwent surgery for prostate cancer in 2002.
- At age 33, he became the youngest physician to head a major division at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
- Ben Carson is married to Lacena Rustin in 1975. Together they have three sons, Rhoeyce, Benjamin Jr. and Murray.
- Dr. Ben Carson is a recipient of the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom (2008) which is the nation’s highest civilian honor.