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Benjamin Carson, M.D., Awarded The Ford's Theatre Lincoln Medal

February 15, 2008

Benjamin S. Carson, M.D., a renowned pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, has been awarded a 2008 Ford’s Theatre Lincoln Medal.  The award was presented by President and Mrs. Bush to Carson and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on February 10, 2008, at a White House ceremony.

Chosen by the Executive Committee of the Ford’s Theatre Board, Ford’s Theatre Lincoln Medal is given annually to individuals who through their body of work, accomplishments or personal attributes exemplify the lasting legacy and mettle of character embodied by President Abraham Lincoln. President Lincoln died after being shot at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865.

Carson is director of pediatric neurosurgery at Hopkins Children’s, a position he has held since 1984. He also holds appointments in the departments of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Carson is probably best known for his participation in the surgical separation of five sets of craniopagus conjoined twins (twins joined at the head), including cases in 1987, 1994, 1997, 2004 and the historical separation of adult conjoined twins Laleh and Ladan Bijani in 2003.

Carson grew up in a single-parent, low-income household in a tough Detroit neighborhood. He credits his mother and his teachers with consistently getting him on the right path towards education when peer pressure and environment pulled him off course. Today, in addition to numerous academic papers and book chapters, he has also authored four autobiographical books chronicling his childhood, work as a surgeon, and philosophy for success in life.

Founded in 1912 as the children's hospital at Johns Hopkins, the Johns Hopkins Children's Center offers one of the most comprehensive pediatric medical programs in the country, with more than 92,000 patient visits and nearly 9,000 admissions each year. The Johns Hopkins Children's Center is Maryland's largest children's hospital and the only state-designated Trauma Service and Burn Unit for pediatric patients. It has recognized Centers of Excellence in dozens of pediatric subspecialties, including allergy, cardiology, cystic fibrosis, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology, neurosurgery, oncology, pulmonary, and transplant. For more information, visit www.hopkinschildrens.org.