Dr. Benjamin Solomon “Ben” Carson, Sr.
Field of work: Neurosurgeon
Dr. Ben Carson graduated from Detroit’s Southwestern High School in 1969. After earning a degree in psychology from Yale University (1973), he graduated from the University of Michigan School of Medicine with a specialty in neurosurgery (1977). An internationally renowned physician, he is recognized as the first surgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins. Along with three best-selling books, he has authored over 100 neurosurgical publications and has been awarded 38 honorary doctorate degrees and dozens of national merit citations. Among his numerous honors, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2008), the highest civilian award in the United States.