DAYTON, OHIO--Dr. Benjamin Carson, the world-renowned neurosurgeon from Johns Hopkins, will give the commencement address to the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine Class of 2006 on May 26, at 6:30 p.m., at the Schuster Performing Arts Center.
Dr. Carson holds more than 40 honorary doctorate degrees and is a member of the American Academy of Achievement, the Horatio Alger Society of Distinguished Americans, and many other prestigious organizations. He sits on the board of directors of numerous organizations, including Kellogg Company, Costco Wholesale Corporation, the Academy of Achievement, and is an Emeritus Fellow of the Yale Corporation-the governing body of Yale University. He was appointed in 2004 by President George W. Bush to serve on the President's Council on Bioethics. He is a highly regarded motivational speaker who has addressed various audiences from school systems and civic groups, to corporations, and the President's National Prayer Breakfast.
Carson is co-founder of "Angels of the OR," a group whose goals include providing grants to assist families with non-covered medical care expenses involving adult or pediatric neurosurgery. He is also president and co-founder of the Carson Scholars Fund, which recognizes young people of all backgrounds for exceptional academic and humanitarian accomplishments.
His exceptional career includes 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 involve craniofacial reconstructive surgery, neuro-oncology (brain tumors), skeletal dysplasia, seizure surgery, and on the adult side, trigeminal neuralgia.
In 2001 Carson 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 it's 200th anniversary. His three books, Gifted Hands, THINK BIG, and The Big Picture, provide inspiration and insight for leading a successful life.
Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine has 85 senior medical students who are graduating. Of the students who will receive their M.D. degrees, 20 percent will continue their training in Dayton-area residency programs. Fifty-two percent will enter primary care medicine, although the new physicians will be entering a wide range of medical specialties.