The presidential guest speaker for the 2015 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas will be Benjamin S. Carson Sr, MD, who rose from humble beginnings to become a world-renowned neurosurgeon and a potential presidential candidate. He wears many other hats, including that of motivational speaker, philanthropist, New York Times best-selling author, and FOX News commentator.
Dr. Carson made headlines after expressing politically conservative viewpoints on social and fiscal issues during his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast in February 2013, with President Obama in attendance. Dr. Carson also encouraged respectful discussion and disagreement—rather than an overreliance on political correctness—in dealing with issues confronting Americans.
During his address, “One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future,” Dr. Carson will explore subjects such as family values, education, race relations, health care, taxes, charity, and the inclusion of faith in public life, all with an eye toward helping future generations achieve the American dream.
Achievements and accolades
Raised in inner-city Detroit, Dr. Carson struggled with extreme poverty, poor grades, and a quick temper throughout his childhood. Despite his mother having only a third-grade education, she encouraged young Ben to succeed academically. As a result, he would become a gifted surgeon known for performing groundbreaking surgical procedures, including the first successful separation of craniopagus (Siamese) twins joined at the back of the head in 1987. Now retired, Dr. Carson is an emeritus professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, having served for 39 years as director of pediatric neurosurgery.
The recipient of more than 60 honorary doctorate degrees, Dr. Carson has been honored with hundreds of awards and citations and was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the President’s Council on Bioethics in 2004. He received the Presidential Medal of Honor, the highest civilian honor, in 2008 and was named one of the nation’s 20 foremost physicians and scientists by CNN and Time magazine in 2001. That same year, the Library of Congress named Dr. Carson as one of 89 “Living Legends.” Actor Cuba Gooding Jr., starred as Dr. Carson in the award-winning movie Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story, based on Dr. Carson’s memoir.
Author and education advocate
Dr. Carson is the author of four books that describe strategies for achieving success in life, including Gifted Hands, THINK BIG, The Big Picture, and Take the Risk: Learning to Identify, Choose and Live with Acceptable Risk. In his latest two books—America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made this Nation Great and One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future, both of which were New York Times best sellers—Dr. Carson discusses the many issues facing Americans and the actions he proposes for securing a safe and prosperous future. He also writes a weekly opinion column for The Washington Times and serves as a FOX News contributor.
Dr. Carson helps support education by serving as the president and cofounder of the Carson Scholars Fund, which recognizes the exceptional academic and humanitarian accomplishments of young people from all backgrounds. Thus far, the fund has awarded more than $5.6 million dollars to more than 5,600 scholars nationwide. In addition, Dr. Carson cofounded Angels of the OR under the auspices of the Baltimore Community Foundation, which provides grants to assist neurosurgery patients with healthcare costs not covered by insurance.
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In a recent column for the Washington Times, Dr. Carson wrote, “We must realize that we are all in the same boat and we can sink together in the quagmire of fractious accusations and hatred, or we can rise together to previously unexperienced heights if we learn from past mistakes and embrace the principles that created, in record time, the greatest nation in history.”
As you begin scheduling your time at Annual Meeting, be sure to include Dr. Benjamin Carson—the presidential guest speaker—on your calendar. Dr. Carson will address 2015 Annual Meeting attendees on Thursday, March 26, at 11 a.m. in Venetian Ballroom E.