Dr. Ben Carson
Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D., is Founder and Chairman of the American Cornerstone Institute, a new think tank / do tank whose mission is to promote the 4 founding principles which are cornerstones of our country: faith, liberty, community and life as well as pursue common sense solutions that challenge conventional groupthink. He most recently served as the 17th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. For nearly 30 years, Secretary Carson served as Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, a position he assumed when he was just 33 years old, becoming the youngest major division director in the hospital's history. In 1987, he successfully performed the first separation of craniopagus twins conjoined at the back of the head. He also performed the first fully successful separation of type-2 vertical craniopagus twins in 1997 in South Africa. Dr. Carson received dozens of honors and awards in recognition of his achievements including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. He is also a recipient of the Spingarn Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and has been awarded over 70 honorary doctorate degrees. Dr. Carson authored eleven books, five of which he co-wrote with his wife Candy. The U.S. News Media Group and Harvard's Center for Public Leadership named him among "America's Best Leaders" in 2008. Dr. Carson and his wife co-founded 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 this year is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the first awards ceremony. In honor of that, the organization has now awarded a total of more than 11,000 scholars, as well as more than $8 million in scholarships. Before the end of this year the Carson Scholars will have installed more than 270 Ben Carson Reading Rooms around the country. Carson was born in Detroit to a mother with a 3rd grade education and a father who was a bigamist. After finding out her husband had another family, she left him and raised Carson and his older brother on her own working multiple jobs to support their family. Secretary Carson was raised to love reading and education. He graduated from Yale University and earned his M.D. from the University of Michigan Medical School. He and his wife are the proud parents of three adult sons and eight grandchildren.
Dr. Ben Carson
Featured Keynote Programs
Health Care and Healthy Lifestyles
Dr. Ben Carson is a patients’ advocate – he knows how difficult it can be for individuals to obtain the information that is truly meaningful and important to them. In this enlightening presentation, Dr. Carson gets at the hard issues surrounding the medical field, while sharing with audiences the warm and compassionate perspective that have made him a world-renowned surgeon. He draws upon his knowledge of both interventional and preventive medicines to discuss not only improvements in personal health, but how the passage of health care reform will potentially make life better for all Americans. He also shares his own struggle with cancer and his insights on living a balanced, healthy life. His healthcare presentations can include the following:
· Prescription for a healthy nation
· Future trends in medical science
· The wonders of the human brain
· Creating healthy minds in children
· Lifestyle changes to increase longevity
· Is ADHD really all that common?
Dr. Ben Carson gives audiences an inspirational look at the philosophy that helped him meet life's obstacles and leap over them. He prescribes his personal formula for success and demonstrates that maintaining discipline and exhibiting good character are at the core of true success on every level - while stressing the importance of using personal success to benefit others as well. This presentation can be customized to fit your audience’s needs, focuses include: excellence and leadership, education, honesty and integrity, and community involvement on all levels.
Take the Risk
A Rational Approach to Taking Risks
Many people lack achievement in their lives because they are afraid to take risks. Others fail because they take too many of the wrong risks. As director of pediatric neurosurgery at an internationally renowned medical center, Dr. Ben Carson faces many challenging and risky cases every week. But achieving such a position, from the depths of the societal hierarchy, also included a life of risk-taking. Using his book, Take the Risk: Learning to Identify, Choose and Live with Acceptable Risk as a Guide, Carson walks audiences through a method to successfully use risk both at work and home.
Dr. Ben Carson knows what it takes to beat the odds. During this biographical presentation, he shares the story of his remarkable life's journey from a frustrated, bad tempered inner-city youth to a world-renowned surgeon who revolutionized pediatric surgery and saved countless lives. His story is chronicled in the original TNT movie released in early 2008, Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story which stars Oscar Winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. Dr.Carson shares his struggle with an aggressive form of cancer which opened a new chapter in his life. He draws on his own real-life anecdotes to demonstrate the impact of making the right choices when presented with the many dilemmas of life. This presentation can focus on a wide range of issues including: self-determination, overcoming adversity, diversity, patriotism and parenting.