Ben Carson is secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Dr. Carson is an emeritus professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. In 1984, he was named director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, a position he retired from on June 30, 2013. In 2008, he was named the inaugural recipient of a professorship in his name, the Benjamin S. Carson Sr., M.D., and Dr. Evelyn Spiro, R.N., Professor of Pediatric Neurosurgery. Also in 2008, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the land.
Dr. Carson is interested in all aspects of pediatric neurosurgery and has a special interest in trigeminal neuralgia in adults. Through his philanthropic foundation, Carson Scholars Fund, he also is interested in maximizing the intellectual potential of every child. An internationally renowned physician, Dr. Carson has authored more than 100 neurosurgical publications and has been awarded more than 60 honorary doctorate degrees and dozens of national merit citations.
Dr. Carson writes a weekly syndicated column and has written five best-selling books. His fifth book, "America The Beautiful," was released early in 2012 and made The New York Times bestseller list.