Dr. Carson is a patients' advocate - he knows how difficult it can be for individuals to obtain the information that is truly meaningful and important to them. In this enlightening presentation, Dr. Carson gets at the hard issues surrounding the medical field, while sharing with audiences the warm and compassionate perspective that have made him a world-renown surgeon. He draws upon his knowledge of both interventional and preventive medicines to discuss not only improvements in personal health, but possibilities for healthcare reform that can potentially make life better for all Americans. He also shares his own struggle with cancer and his insights on living a balanced, healthy life. One of the most successful and gifted surgeons in the world, Dr. Carson emerged from a childhood of poverty and violence to become director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Carson believes that each individual is responsible for his or her life, and has the power to transform the future. Performing more than 500 surgical procedures a year, he also knows how to deal with unimaginable levels of stress. He teaches audiences to turn pressure into power, to remain flexible in the face of challenge, and to maintain both confidence and humility. Author of Gifted Hands, THINK BIG and The Big Picture, Dr. Carson shares his life's journey, from the days when a knife was a weapon to the years when it became a tool to save a child's life. A graduate of Yale University and the University of Michigan Medical School, Dr. Carson was inspired by a caring mother to rise from the depths of poverty and become the youngest chief of pediatric neurosurgery in Johns Hopkins history. He has twice made headlines around the world by successfully separating Siamese twins joined at the head. Dr. Carson has been Director of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins since 1984, and is professor of neurosurgery, plastic surgery, oncology and pediatrics.