Ben Carson

Ben Carson REPRepublican

17th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; American neurosurgeon

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Ben CarsonREPRepublican 17th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; American neurosurgeon
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Benjamin Solomon Carson Sr. (born September 18, 1951) is an American retired neurosurgeon and politician who served as the 17th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 2017 to 2021. A pioneer in the field of neurosurgery, he was a candidate for President of the United States in the 2016 Republican primaries.Carson became the director of pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center in 1984 at age 33, then the youngest chief of pediatric neurosurgery in the United States. In 1987, he gained significant fame after leading a team of surgeons in the first known separation of conjoined twins joined at the back of the head. Although surgically a success, the twins continued to experience neurologic/medical complications. His additional accomplishments include performing the first successful neurosurgical procedure on a fetus inside the womb, developing new methods to treat brain-stem tumors, and revitalizing hemispherectomy techniques for controlling seizures. He wrote over 100 neurosurgical publications. He retired from medicine in 2013; at the time, he was professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.Carson gained national fame among political conservatives after delivering a speech at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast which was perceived as critical of the policies of President Barack Obama. Following widespread speculation of a presidential run, Carson officially announced his campaign for the 2016 Republican nomination for President in May 2015. Carson performed strongly in early polls, leading to his being considered a frontrunner for the nomination during the fall of 2015.

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Education7 - 7 of 5
University of Michigan Medical School
University of Michigan
Yale University
Davenport College
Southwestern High School
Past Positions1 - 10 of 10
Department of Housing and Urban Development
2017 - 2021
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
United States of America
Emeritus Professor
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Pediatric Neurosurgery Director
Johns Hopkins Children's Center
Carson Scholars Fund
Former Bank Teller
Former Crane Operator
Steel Factory
Former School Bus Driver
Former Supervisor
Highway Cleanup Crews
Former X-Ray Technician
Other Experience1 - 10 of 10
Emeritus Fellow
Yale Corporation
Horatio Alger Society of Distinguished Americans
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Science
National Prayer Breakfast
National Prayer Breakfast
Former Board of Directors Member
Costco Wholesale Corporation
Former Board of Directors Member
Academy of Achievement
Former Board of Directors Member
Kellogg Company
PresidentÂ’s Council on Bioethics