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Ben Carson, Sr., MD Biography

Professor Emeritus of Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University
Pro to the question "Should Any Vaccines Be Required for Children?"

“Although I strongly believe in individual rights and the rights of parents to raise their children as they see fit, I also recognize that public health and public safety are extremely important in our society‚Ķ Certain communicable diseases have been largely eradicated by immunization policies in this country and we should not allow those diseases to return by foregoing safe immunization programs, for philosophical, religious or other reasons when we have the means to eradicate them.”

Jonathan Easley, “Ben Carson Backs Vaccinations as ‘Safe,'”, Feb. 2, 2015

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor Emeritus of Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins University
  • Columnist, Washington Times
  • Recipient, Presidential Medal of Freedom, June 2008
  • Recipient, Ford’s Theatre Lincoln Medal, Feb. 2008
  • Recipient, NAACP Springarn Medal, 2006
  • Appointee, President’s Council on Bioethics, 2004
  • Cofounder, Benevolent Endowment Fund (BEN Fund)
  • Honoree, Library of Congress Living Legend, 2001
  • Honoree, CNN and Time magazine’s 20 Foremost Physicians and Scientists, 2001
  • Cofounder, Carson Scholars Fund, 1994-present
  • Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Neurosurgeon, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Neurosurgeon, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (Perth, Australia), 1983-1984
  • Chief Resident of Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins University, 1982-1983
  • Resident, Johns Hopkins University, 1977-1982
  • MD, Neurosurgery, University of Michigan School of Medicine, 1977
  • BA, Psychology, Yale University, 1973
  • Born in Detroit, MI on Sep. 18, 1951.
  • Performed the first intrauterine surgery in 1986 in which he corrected hydrocephalus.
  • Performed the first surgery to separate craniopagus twins who were conjoined at the backs of their heads on Sep. 4, 1987.
  • Performed the first surgery to separate craniopagus twins who were conjoined at the tops of their heads in 1997.
  • Holds more than 60 honorary doctorate degrees.
  • Sits on the board of directors for several organizations including Kellogg Company, Costco Wholesale Corporation, the Academy of Achievement, and Vaccinogen.
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Pro & Con Quotes: Should Any Vaccines Be Required for Children?