Author Ben Carson sets sight on US presidency

Renowned neurosurgeon and author, Dr Ben Carson. PHOTO | FILE

Renowned neurosurgeon and author, Dr Ben Carson. PHOTO | FILE

Renowned neurosurgeon and author, Dr Ben Carson, has indicated he is planning to run for the US Presidency when President Obama’s term come to an end in 2016.

Dr Carson, who became popular for his widely read books, Think Big andGifted Hands, indicated on Monday that his chances of vying for the most powerful office in the land were “reasonably good.”

Dr Carson, now 62, has been credited with separating the first conjoined twins at the head and his entrance in politics would be a vital turnaround for the respected neurosurgeon who retired from the theatre last year.

Speculations have been rife about the possibility of Dr Carson following in the footsteps of President Obama, the first black US President to run and win the presidential race.

But until Monday, Dr Carson had not come out clean on the possibility of him joining politics.


Although he has not revealed which party he will run on, the Republican Party could be his destination considering his conservative connections.


While talking to the ‘The Hugh Hewitt Show’, Dr Carson made clear that there was a high possibility he will be in the race. The radio show is broadcast in the state of California by more than 75 radio stations.

When asked by Mr Hugh Hewitt, the host of the show, on the likelihood of him vying, Dr Carson replied:

“I think the chances are reasonably good of that happening. I’m waiting for a few more months. I want to make sure that it’s clearly something my fellow Americans want me to do. And I’m also waiting to see what the results are in November, because if the people indicate that they truly do want a nation that is for, of and by the people, then I, along with many other people, would be willing to give it everything we possibly have.”

Dr Carson has, however, said he will not make an official statement before May 2015. But there is already a Facebook account, ‘Dr Ben Carson for President’, in support of his ambitions.

The two books were popular in the 1990s and at the beginning of the millennium. Other than the two, he has other four bestsellers.

Dr Carson was credited with being the first surgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins joined at the head in 1987. In 2008, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush.

At 33, he became the youngest director at Johns Hopkins hospital, when he was appointed Director of Paediatric Neurosurgery. He was also a co-director of the Johns Hopkins Craniofacial Center. He has since retired from the theatre.

Ben Carson
Ben Carson by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg

Carson speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2014.
Born Benjamin Solomon Carson
September 18, 1951 (age 63)
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Fields Pediatric Neurosurgery
Institutions Johns Hopkins Hospital
Alma mater Yale University (B.S.)
University of Michigan (M.D.)
Known for Separation of conjoined twins
Conservative political commentary
Notable awards Presidential Medal of Freedom(2008)
Spouse Candy Carson (m. 1975)
Children 3 sons:

Benjamin SolomonBenCarson Sr. (born September 18, 1951) is an American author and retired neurosurgeon. He is credited with being the first surgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins joined at the head. In 2008 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by PresidentGeorge W. Bush. After delivering a widely publicized speech at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast, he became a popular conservative figure in political media for his views on social and political issues, spurring talk of his becoming a Republican candidate for the 2016 presidential election.

Early life

Carson was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Sonya (née Copeland), a Seventh-day Adventist, and Robert Solomon Carson, a Baptist Minister. His parents were both from rural Georgia. When he was 8 years old, his parents divorced and he and his 10-year-old brother, Curtis, were raised by their mother. He attended Southwestern High School in Southwest Detroit and graduated from Yale University, where he majored in pre-med with a minor in psychology. He received his M.D. from the University of Michigan Medical School.

Awards and honors

Carson is a member of the American Academy of Achievement, and the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. In 2000 he received the Award for Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged, an award given out annually by Jefferson Awards. In 2008 the White House awarded Carson the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. In 2010, he was elected into the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine. Carson has been awarded 38 honorary doctorate degrees and dozens of national merit citations.

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