Benjamin M. Carson, Sr., M.D., renowned pediatric neurosurgeon, inspiring storyteller, New York Times best-selling author and FOX News contributor, will speak at Regent University’s 2014 Commencement Saturday, May 3.
Carson is an emeritus professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he directed pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center for 39 years. He retired in June 2013.
His career highlights include the first and only successful separation of craniopagus (Siamese) twins joined at the back of the head in 1987, the first completely successful separation of type-2 vertical craniopagus twins in 1997 in South Africa and the first successful placement of an intrauterine shunt for a hydrocephalic twin.
Carson holds more than 60 honorary doctorate degrees and has received literally hundreds of awards and citations. He is a member of many prestigious organizations. He sits on the board of directors of numerous organizations, including Kellogg Company, Costco Wholesale Corporation, the Academy of Achievement and is an Emeritus Fellow of the Yale Corporation, the governing body of Yale University. He was appointed in 2004 by President George W. Bush to serve on the President’s Council on Bioethics.
In 2001, Carson was named by CNN and TIME magazine as one of the nation’s 20 foremost physicians and scientists. That same year, he was selected by the Library of Congress as one of 89 “Living Legends” on the occasion of its 200th anniversary. He is also the recipient of the 2006 Spingarn Medal, which is the highest honor bestowed by the NAACP.
In February 2008, Carson was presented with the Ford’s Theatre Lincoln Medal by President Bush at the White House. In June 2008, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is the nation’s highest civilian honor. Carson was recognized in November 2008 by U.S. News & World Report and Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership, as one of “America’s Best Leaders.”
On February 7, 2009, the award-winning movie Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story, starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. as Carson, premiered on TNT and is based on his memoir.
Carson is president and co-founder of the Carson Scholars Fund, which recognizes young people of all backgrounds for exceptional academic and humanitarian accomplishments. The Fund operates in 50 states and the District of Columbia and has awarded more than $5.6 million to more than 5600 scholars.
His four books, Gifted Hands, THINK BIG, The Big Picture and Take the Risk: Learning to Identify, Choose and Live with Acceptable Risk provide inspiration and insight for leading a successful life; a fifth book, America The Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great, was a New York Times bestseller. His next book, One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future, is scheduled for release May 2014.
In addition writing a weekly opinion column for The Washington Times, Dr. Carson is a FOX News contributor.
Approximately 1400 graduates from Regent’s eight schools will earn associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees this spring.
The commencement ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 3, on the University Library Plaza.
Mindy Hughes, Public Relations
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