It’s the world’s greatest neurosurgeon named Ben Carson. He’s not really white-skinned, but he certainly has skills in surgery, and that’s contributed to an outstanding career.
Dr. Ben is not only a neurosurgeon, after his retirement, but he also ventured into politics in the United States. He is also a prolific writer and has written many books.
Let’s take a look at Carson’s biography and how he achieved fame with his magical brain and skillful hands.
Ben Carson Biography
Dr. Ben was born on September 18, 1951, in Detroit, Michigan, United States. He did not grow up with a full family because his parents were divorced, and this really influenced his childhood, but through perseverance and determination, he was able to carve out a niche for himself.
He was educated by his mother Sonya Copeland, who as a mother did everything she could to take care of her children, and her maternal affection for them led her on the right path.
Sonya always made her believe that there was hope for the future and the need to believe in herself and not give in to a bad life.
In fact, Ben took his mother’s advice to heart, he took his academic work seriously, which highlighted him as one of the best in his class during his high school years at Southwestern High School.
During his graduation, he was honored as one of the best graduates, and his outstanding achievements paved the way for him to attend university. Ben went to Yale University, majoring in psychology, and graduated in 1973.
After graduating from Yale University, Ben Carson wanted to continue his studies and earn a degree in medicine. He enrolled in the Medical School of Michigan State University and majored in medicine, but also neurosurgery. He received his Master of Science from the University of Michigan.
After graduating from medical school, Dr. Ben Carson became a certified neurosurgeon and was offered a position at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Ben worked there as a resident neurosurgeon and became a hotspot for international hospitals due to his excellent performance. At that time, neurosurgeons were in demand because there were few doctors specializing in this field of medicine. Dr. Ben Carson was invited to work at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth, Australia in 1983.
However, after several months of practice at SCG Hospital in Australia, Ben returned to his Baltimore base and continued his work at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1985. After one year of practice, Ben was promoted and appointed Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery. He also worked as co-director of the Craniofacial Centre at the same hospital.
Rise To Prominence
At the height of his career, the skilled and intelligent surgeon achieved a remarkable achievement in the field of medicine. Ben and his team of co-surgeons successfully separated seven-month-old male twins born together in Germany, and he was the first to do so.
The surgeon with the magic brain then treated a similar case with another Siamese twin in South Africa. It was very unfortunate that the babies died after the operation. This was very sad for Ben and his team, but it didn’t scare him off, it made him want to do more.
A few years later, Ben and his team went to Zambia to separate twins (Luka and Joseph) who united at the top of their heads. The operation lasted 28 hours and in the end was successful, the two babies were safe and healthy.
Ben Carson’s Biggest Medical Challenge
Dr. Ben Carson has had numerous successes during his medical career and has also been hit by some challenging cases. The earlier cases of identical twins he ever treated were children, but this time the patients were adults. Ben and his team went to Iran and performed the surgery on the 29-year-old woman, the surgery lasted more than 24 hours and after the session was completed, both ladies died a few hours later.
After a successful career, the award-winning surgeon announced his retirement at the beginning of 2013, and on 1 July 2013, he finally retired.
A few years after his resignation, Dr. Ben Carson decided to enter US politics, he ran for the Republican Party, but unfortunately, he did not make it and eventually dropped out of the race. His rival Donald Trump later prevailed and managed to become President of the United States of America.
Currently, Dr. Ben Carson has been appointed Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development in America.
Ben Carson’s Wife, Children, and Family
The genius Ben Carson first met his wife named Lacena Candy Rustin in 1971 when he was a student at Yale University, his wife was also a student.
However, the couple decided to form an alliance in 1975. Ben and Candy currently live in their mansion in West Palm Beach, Florida, and they were blessed with three sons named Rhoeyce, Benjamin Jr., and Murray.
Ben Carson and his wife also established a foundation called Carson’s Scholars Fund in 1994. Their goal was to use the foundation to provide scholarships to students to promote academic excellence.
Dr. Ben and his wife Candy own several properties in the U.S., they have a beautiful villa in the West Palm Beach Gardens in Florida where they currently live, and they bought the villa for $4.375 million in 2016, and they also have another 6,380 square meter villa in Vienna, Virginia, which they purchased for $1.22 million in 2017.
Ben Carson Net Worth, Books
The retired surgeon Ben Carson has an estimated net worth of $30 million. In addition to his work as a surgeon, he is also a Professor of Oncology, Plastic Surgery, and Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine in Baltimore.
As we mentioned earlier, the multi-talented surgeon is a prolific writer. He has written several books, including “Gifted Hands”, “The Big Picture”, “Take The Risk” and many others.
Quick Facts about Ben Carson
Birth name: Benjamin Solomon Carson
Date of birth: September 18, 1951
Birth City: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Birth sign: Virgo
Ethnicity: Black American
Height: 183 cm (1.83 m)
Education: University of Michigan
Profession: Neurosurgeon, author, politician
Spouse: Candy Rustin (m. 1975)
Children: 3 (Rhoeyce Carson, Murray Carson, Ben Carson Jr.)
Net Worth: $30 million