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Ben Carson, MD Biography

Professor Emeritus of Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University
Con to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"

“CHRIS CUOMO: You think they [people] have control over their sexuality?

BEN CARSON: Absolutely.

CHRIS CUOMO: You think being gay is a choice?

BEN CARSON: Absolutely… Because a lot of people who go into prison, go into prison straight, and when they come out, they’re gay. So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question.”

Interview conducted by Chris Cuomo,, Mar. 4, 2015

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
     Key Experts
MD's and PhD's in psychology, with significant post-doctorate involvement in human sexuality issues. [Note: Key Experts definition varies by sites that have this designation.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor Emeritus of Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins University
  • Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Columnist, Washington Times
  • Cofounder, Carson Scholars Fund, 1994-present
  • Neurosurgeon, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (Perth, Australia), 1983-1984
  • Chief Resident of Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins University, 1982-1983
  • Resident, Johns Hopkins University, 1977-1982
  • MD, Neurosurgery, University of Michigan School of Medicine, 1977
  • BA, Psychology, Yale University, 1973
  • Performed the first surgery to separate craniopagus twins who were conjoined at the backs of their heads, Sep. 4, 1987.
  • Performed the first surgery to separate craniopagus twins who were conjoined at the tops of their heads, 1997
  • Born in Detroit, MI on Sep. 18, 1951
  • Holds more than 60 honorary doctorate degrees
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  1. Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?