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April 18, 2012

Award-winning surgeon Dr. Ben Carson to present Stirling Lecture at Birmingham-Southern College April 26

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Dr. Ben Carson Sr., award-winning pediatric neurosurgeon, author, and subject of the movie, “Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story,” starring Cuba Gooding, Jr., will present the 2012 Alex P. Stirling Lecture at Birmingham-Southern College April 26.

Carson will speak at 6 p.m. in the Bruno Great Hall of the Norton Campus Center.  The event is open to the public and admission is free. 

Carson is best known for performing the first and only successful separation of craniopagus (Siamese) twins joined at the back of the head in 1987, the first completely successful separation of type-2 vertical craniopagus twins in 1997 in South Africa, and the first successful placement of an intrauterine shunt for a hydrocephalic twin.

He overcame tremendous odds to realize his childhood dream of becoming a physician.  Growing up in a single parent home in Detroit, he persevered poverty, poor grades, a terrible temper, and low self-esteem to become full professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he has directed pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center for over a quarter of a century.

In 2008, Carson became the inaugural recipient of a professorship dedicated in his name and is now the Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D., and Dr. Evelyn Spiro, R.N., Professor of Pediatric Neurosurgery. 

Carson was named by CNN and “TIME” magazine in 2001 as one of the nation’s 20 foremost physicians and scientists and by the Library of Congress as one of 89 “Living Legends” on the occasion of its 200th anniversary.  He is also the recipient of the Spingarn Medal in 2006, which is the highest honor bestowed by the NAACP, and the Ford’s Theatre Lincoln Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is the highest civilian honor in the land, both presented by President Bush in 2008.

He has written five books, including his memoir “Gifted Hands,” which was transformed in 2009 into the TNT movie “Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story,” starring Cuban Gooding, Jr., as Carson.

The Stirling Lecture Series is sponsored by the BSC Student Government Association in memory of the Birmingham-Southern student who died of cancer in 1995.

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