Opinion Columnist — Internationally renowned physician Ben Solomon Carson, M.D. is a retired neurosurgeon, an emeritus professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and a Washington Times columnist. A pediatric brain surgeon who was the first to successfully separate conjoined twins joined at the head, Dr. Carson has become a popular conservative figure and leader for his views on social issues and the federal government following his speech at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast. In 2008, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush, the highest civilian honor in the land. Dr. Carson has also received more than 60 honorary doctorate degrees and dozens of national merit citations, written over 100 neurosurgical publications, and authored six best-selling books.