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Carson, Hopkins Colleagues Named to Institute of Medicine

October 11, 2010
Ben Carson

Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D.

Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Hopkins Children’s, Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine. He joins three fellow Johns Hopkins faculty members and dozens of additional new members in his election, considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. Johns Hopkins made the announcement on Monday, Oct. 10.  


New members are elected by current active members through a highly selective process that recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health.  "Each of these new members stands out as a professional whose research, knowledge and skills have significantly advanced health and medicine and who has served as a model for others,” says Institute of Medicine President Harvey V. Fineberg. 


In his recent election to the Institute of Medicine, Carson is joined by Johns Hopkins colleagues Carol W. Greider, Ph.D., recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and the Daniel Nathans Professor and Director of Molecular Biology and Genetics; Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine Roger A. Johns, M.D., M.H.S.; and Jeremy Sugarman, M.D., M.P.H., Harvey M. Meyerhoff Professor of Bioethics and Medicine in the Department of Health Policy and Management and deputy director for medicine in the Berman Institute of Bioethics, Bloomberg School of Public Health. 


Carson has directed pediatric neurosurgery at Hopkins Children’s for more than 25 years. The inaugural recipient of the Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D., and Dr. Evelyn Spiro, R.N., Professorship in Pediatric Neurosurgery, he isa professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery and pediatrics at Johns Hopkins. 

In 1987, Carson led the first and only successful separation of craniopagus twins. In 1997, he led the first completely successful separation of type-2 vertical craniopagus twins in South Africa.  


Recipient of more than 60 honorary doctorate degrees, Carson is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, the Horatio Alger Society of Distinguished Americans and many other prestigious organizations. In 2001, he was selected by the Library of Congress as one of 89 “Living Legends.” Three years later, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the President’s Council on Bioethics. In 2006, he received the Spingarn Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the NAACP.  And in 2008, President Bush presented him with the Ford’s Theatre Lincoln Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the U.S.  


Established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine is recognized as a national resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on health issues.