Dr. Carson’s accomplishments have earned him a place in medical history. He performed the first separation of craniopagus (Siamese) twins joined at the back of the head in which both twins survived in 1987. He also performed the first fully successful separation of type-2 vertical craniopagus twins in 1997 in South Africa.
Dr. Carson has written nine books, four of which were co-authored with his wife, Candy, of 40 years. He is also the recipient of the 2006 Spingarn Medal, which is the highest honor bestowed by the NAACP. In June 2008, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is the highest civilian honor in the land. Dr. Carson was recognized in 2008 by U.S. News Media Group and Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership as one of “America’s Best Leaders.” He served for many years on the board of directors for Kellogg Company and Costco Wholesale Corporation, and also with the Academy of Achievement. He more recently served as Chairman of the Board of Vaccinogen, a Maryland-based cancer vaccine research and development company. In 2014, the Gallup Organization in their annual survey, named Dr. Carson as one of the 10 Most Admired Men in the World.
Dr. Carson and his wife are co-founders of the Carson Scholars Fund, which recognizes young people of all backgrounds for exceptional academic and humanitarian accomplishments. The Fund is currently operating in 50 states and the District of Columbia, and has recognized more than 7,300 scholars, awarded more than $7.3M dollars in scholarships, and installed over 150 Ben Carson Reading Rooms around the country. Ben and Candy Carson are the proud parents of three adult sons and three grandchildren.
After listening to Americans across the nation say they are ready for a leader who will put the country before politics and will put the Constitution back to the forefront of policy and guidance, Dr. Ben Carson announced on May 4th 2015, that he would seek the 2016 Republican nomination for president. He officially ended his bid on March 4, 2016. He is now the Honorary National Chairman of the My Faith Votes Initiative and continues to work tirelessly for the cause of the American people.