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Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D. and Evelyn Spiro, R.N. Professorship in Pediatric Neurosurgery

School of Medicine

Established in 2008 through the generosity of principal donors Donald and Evelyn Spiro and Ernest Bates, MD, as well as through contributions from numerous other donors

CarsonBenjaminBENJAMIN S. CARSON SR., MD, is world famous for his surgeries separating Siamese twins, but is interested in all aspects of pediatric neurosurgery. He retired in 2013 as full professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins medical institutions, where he directed pediatric neurosurgery for nearly a quarter of a century. Dr. Carson holds more than 40 honorary doctorate degrees, and has most recently been presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, in a White House ceremony. A highly regarded motivational speaker, Dr. Carson has written numerous books, the most recent, co-authored with his wife Candy and published in 2013, America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great. In addition, he serves as president and co-founder of the Carson Scholars Fund, which recognizes young people for exceptional academic and humanitarian accomplishments. Dr. Carson was the inaugural recipient of the Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D. and Dr. Evelyn Spiro, R.N. Professorship in Pediatric Neurosurgery. (Pictured, left to right: Dr. Henry Brem, Dr. William Brody, Dr. Ernest Bates, Dr. Benjamin Carson, Mr. Donald Spiro, and Dr. Edward Miller.)

Held by Alan R. Cohen

CohenAlanALAN R. COHEN, MD, the Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D. and Dr. Evelyn Spiro, R.N. Professor of Pediatric Neurosurgery and director of the Johns Hopkins Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery, is a leader in developing minimally invasive techniques to enhance the safety and efficacy of selected pediatric neurosurgical procedures. His laboratory focuses on new instruments and techniques for minimally invasive surgery. He has authored 170 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and published two textbooks.

Dr. Cohen is president-elect of the Society of Neurological Surgeons, immediate past president of the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons, and a director of the American Board of Neurosurgery and the American Board of Pediatric Neurosurgery.