Benjamin S. "Ben" Carson, Sr (born September 18, 1951) is an American neurosurgeon and politician. He is the 17th and current United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. After graduating from Yale University, Carson went to University of Michigan Medical School, and was later accepted to Johns Hopkins University.
In 2008, Carson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from George W. Bush. He was the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is known for, among other accomplishments, being the first doctor to separate twins that were joined together at the head.
Carson was a professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics, and he was the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. At 33, he became the youngest major division director in the hospital's history as director of pediatric neurosurgery. He was also a co-director of the Johns Hopkins Craniofacial Center.
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.
2016 presidential campaign
On March 2 following the 2016 Super Tuesday primaries, Carson announced that while he was not suspending his campaign he "did not see a 'path forward'" and would not attend the next Republican debate in Detroit. On March 4, 2016, Carson suspended his presidential campaign. He later endorsed Donald Trump.
United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (since 2017)
On December 5, 2016, Donald Trump nominated Carson for the job of United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Carson married Candy Carson in 1975. They have three children. He is a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
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