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

BENJAMIN 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.)


EVELYN SPIRO received her degree in nursing from Wagner College, and at one time was the youngest operating room supervisor in the Staten Island University Hospital. She later received an honorary doctoral degree from Wagner. DONALD SPIRO, also a Wagner alumnus, rose to the presidency of the Oppenheimer Fund, and became chairman emeritus of the Oppenheimer Management Corporation. The couple are major supporters of their college. At Hopkins, they have created summer internships, enabling Wagner students to work side by side with Hopkins faculty and staff in their areas of interest. In helping establish this professorship, the Spiros continue their generous support of quality education and commitment to excellence.


ERNEST A. BATES, MD (A&S 1958), the first African American to graduate from the Johns Hopkins University Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, is an emeritus trustee of The Johns Hopkins University. He also is on the advisory boards of Johns Hopkins Neurosurgery and the Bloomberg School of Public Health. He founded American Shared Hospital Services in 1977 and today is its chairman and CEO, with corporate offices in San Francisco.


GEORGE JALLO, the Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D. and Dr. Evelyn Spiro, R.N. Professor of Pediatric Neurosurgery, focuses on the surgical treatment of neurological diseases and disorders in children, with emphasis on minimally invasive endoscopic procedures. Dr. Jallo is particularly expert in treating intradural spinal tumors, brainstem and eloquent brain tumors in both children and adults.

Dr. Jallo also has expertise based on his extensive clinical experience in intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring. His other clinical interests are epilepsy, craniofacial and defects of the neural tube.