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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

August 5, 2013


Dr. Ben CarsonCollege of the Ozarks will welcome renowned pediatric surgeon and New York Times Best-Selling Author Dr. Ben Carson to speak at a special convocation on August 29, at 7 p.m. in the Howell W. Keeter Athletic Complex.  During this event, Dr. Carson will present his lecture “America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great.”

Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D., had a childhood dream of becoming a physician. Growing up in a single parent home and being challenged by dire poverty, poor grades, a horrible temper and low self-esteem appeared to preclude the realization of that dream, until his mother, with only a third-grade education, challenged her sons to strive for excellence. Young Ben persevered, and became a full professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he directed pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center for over a quarter of a century, until retiring in June of 2013. He became the inaugural recipient of a professorship dedicated in his name in May, 2008.

Some career highlights include 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.

Dr. Carson holds more than 60 honorary doctorate degrees and has received literally hundreds of awards and citations. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, the Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Science, the Horatio Alger Society of Distinguished Americans and many other prestigious organizations.

He was appointed in 2004 by President George W. Bush to serve on the President's Council on Bioethics. Dr. Carson  is also 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.

His five books, Gifted Hands, THINK BIG, The Big Picture, Take the Risk: Learning to Identify, Choose and Live with Acceptable Risk and America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great provide inspiration and insight for leading a successful life.

This event is being coordinated by the College of the Ozarks Keeter Center for Character Education, whose mission is to provide programs and activities which enhance the development of character and good citizenship.  Tickets for the special convocation featuring Dr. Carson went quickly and are no longer available.  For more information on the Keeter Center for Character Education, please visit


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