Ben Carson, Ground-breaking Neurosurgeon, Speaks at Alma

Detroit native, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, author and neurosurgeon, Dr. Ben Carson presents “Take the Risk: A Rational Approach to Taking Risks.”

Dr. Ben Carson Dr. Ben CarsonDr. Ben Carson, the author and retired physician who directed pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center for 29 years, presents “Take the Risk: A Rational Approach to Taking Risks” at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 1 in the Hogan Center at Alma College.

Born and raised in Detroit, Carson has been involved in several ground-breaking surgical advances and was the first surgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins joined at the head. In 2008, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush.

Tickets for Dr. Carson’s talk at Alma College are $20 for the general public and free for Alma College students, faculty and staff. Ticket sales close at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31; tickets will not be available for purchase at the door. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.

Carson’s professional accomplishments include advances in medicine, the authorship of several books and his creation of a national scholars’ fund.

• A graduate of Yale University and the University of Michigan Medical School, he is interested in all aspects of pediatric neurosurgery, with an additional interest in trigeminal neuralgia — a severe facial pain condition — in adults. Today, he is an emeritus professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

• He is the author of several books, including: Gifted Hands (1990), Think Big (1996), The Big Picture (2000) and Take the Risk (2008).

• He 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 has awarded more than $6.2 million to more than 6,200 scholars.

While his talk at Alma College will focus on his medical career, Carson also has recently become a political figure in national media for his views on social and economic issues.


Story published on February 27, 2015