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(Boston, Mass.) — Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) announces Benjamin Carson, MD, director of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, as this year’s commencement speaker. The BUSM Commencement will be held on Sunday, May 21 at 3:00 p.m. at the World Trade Center in Boston.
In 1996, Carson was the keynote speaker at the BUSM Class of 2000 White Coat Ceremony. After being moved by his welcoming remarks about choosing a career in medicine, the students asked Carson to return in 2000 to be their Commencement speaker.
In 1987, he gained worldwide recognition as the principal surgeon in the 22-hour separation of the Binder Siamese twins in Germany. In 1997, he was the primary surgeon in a 28-hour operation separating twins joined at the top of the head.
In addition to his outstanding surgical accomplishments, Carson is the author of three best selling books, Gifted Hands, Think Big, and The Big Picture. He has also received numerous honorary degrees and national citations of merit for his outstanding contributions to pediatric neurosurgery. Carson is a member of the American Academy of Achievement, the Horatio Alger Society of Distinguished Americans, the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, and many other prestigious organizations.Carson is the president and co-founder of the Carson Scholars Fund, which recognizes young people of all backgrounds for exceptional academic and humanitarian accomplishments. He sits on many boards including the Board of Directors of Kellogg Company, Costco Wholesale Corporation, Yale Corporation (the governing body of Yale University), and America’s Promise.
Established in 1873, Boston University School of Medicine is a leading academic and research institution, with an enrollment of nearly 630 students and nearly 1,000 full- and part-time faculty members. It is known for its programs in arthritis, cardiovascular disease, cancer, human genetics, pulmonary diseases and dermatology, among others.