In a recent interview with Dr. Carson, he answered some interesting questions about his career. Here are the highlights:
Q. What and who inspired you to serve in the medical field, especially
A. (Dr. Carson) I was inspired by the mission stories in church, that frequently featured missionary doctors who travelled the world at great personal expense to bring not only physical, but mental and spiritual healing to others. I was attracted to kids, because I like to get a big return on my investment.
Q. What has been the greatest moment of fulfillment for you in your
A. (Dr. Carson) Being inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) medical honor society and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences.
Q. What is the greatest achievement you have made?
A. Helping people realize that the person who has the most to do with what happens to you in life is YOU!
Q. What has been the greatest honor you were given?
A. The Presidential Medal of Freedom
Q. Greatest medical memory?
A. Every time I come out of the operating room and can tell a family that the operation went well and their loved one is doing well.
Q. Favorite subject?
Q. Favorite Book or Author as a child?
A. Chip the Dam Builder by Jim Kjelgaard (about a beaver)
Q. Favorite teacher from Elementary school (and a reason why if there is one)?
A. Mr. Jaeck, the science teacher who was the first to have a lot of faith in Ben
Q. Did you have any childhood pets?
A. Yes, dogs: boxer – named Echo, German shepherd/wolf – named Boon-day, black cat – Shadow, salamander - Sally
Q. Favorite childhood game?
Q. Favorite color?
Q. Favorite cartoon character?
A. Yogi Bear
General Frequently Asked Questions about Dr. Carson
Does Dr. Carson still perform surgeries?
No, Dr. Carson has retired from his position at Johns Hopkins. While serving as the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, he performed around 350 surgeries each year. Before he became more active with his speaking engagements, he performed 450 - 500 surgeries each year.
What is the most interesting or important operation Dr. Carson has ever done?
Dr. Carson believes that the most interesting and important operation he has ever done is always the one he has just completed. He feels that each operation is important and should have his full attention, effort, consideration, and care.
Is Dr. Carson's mother still alive?
Yes, she is alive and well, and lives with the family. She got her GED in 1969. In 1986 she received an honorary degree, so she is Dr. Carson, too.
What does Dr. Carson's brother do?
Dr. Carson's brother Curtis is a mechanical engineer in Georgia.
What does Dr. Carson do for fun?
Dr. Carson relaxes by playing pool, usually 9-ball in the basement while listening to the news. He also enjoys board games.
Does Mrs. Carson still play musical instruments?
Yes, she plays in the first violin section of a local orchestra, still conducts a string and wind ensemble at another local hospital, and plays piano every chance she gets.
Does the Carson 4 string quartet still perform?
Only by special request and on special occasions.
Many patients and students have been touched by Dr. Carson’s work and books. Please submit your stories to share about Dr. Carson to Communications@carsonscholars.org for potential publication on our website.