UW News

March 29, 2007

Acclaimed physician Benjamin Carson to give Neurosurgery lecture April 11.

Internationally renowned physician, author and motivational speaker Dr. Benjamin Carson will give the Neurosurgery Grand Rounds Lecture at 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 11. The lecture, titled Craniopagus: Lessons Learned, will take place in the first floor auditorium of Harborview’s Research & Training Building, 300 Ninth Ave.

Carson, director of pediatric neurosurgery and co-cirector of the Johns Hopkins Craniofacial Center, is a professor of neurological surgery, oncology, plastic surgery and pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. He performed the first separation of craniopagus (Siamese) twins joined at the back of the head in 1987 and the first completely successful separation of type-2 vertical craniopagus twins in 1997 in South Africa. His special interests are craniofacial reconstructive surgery, neuro-oncology (brain tumors), skeletal dysplasia, seizure surgery, and trigeminal neuralgia

Carson holds more than 40 honorary doctorate degrees. He is a member of the American Academy of Achievement, the Horatio Alger Society of Distinguished Americans, and many other prestigious organizations. In 2001 he was named by CNN and Time Magazine as one of the nation’s 20 foremost physicians and scientists. That same year, he was selected by the Library of Congress as one of 89 Living Legends on the occasion of its 200th anniversary. In 2004, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the President’s Council on Bioethics.

Having overcome poverty, poor grades and low self-esteem in his youth, Carson is a highly regarded motivational speaker author of three books — Gifted Hands, THINK BIG, and The Big Picture — that provide inspiration and insight for leading a successful life.

For more information about Carson’s lecture, contact Sharon Andrews at 206-543-3570 or soa@u.washington.edu.