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Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, a renowned pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Children's Center, received the Ford's Theatre Lincoln Medal this month during a White House ceremony.

Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was the other recipient. Recipients are chosen by the executive committee of the board of trustees of Ford's Theatre Society, which looks at an individual's work, accomplishments and personal attributes to see whether they epitomize the legacy of President Abraham Lincoln.

Carson has been the director of pediatric neurosurgery at John Hopkins Children's Center since 1984. He is also appointed to the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine's neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery and pediatrics departments.

Carson, an author of four books, including the recent Take The Risk: Learning to Identify, Choose, and Live with Acceptable Risk (Zondervan, 2008), gained national prominence two decades ago when he helped separate conjoined twins.

Dr. Sandra McLeskey, interim assistant dean of the University of Maryland School of Nursing, was permanently appointed to that position.

McLeskey, who served in the interim position for two months, heads and oversees the school's graduate nursing program.

She has been a member of the school's nursing faculty since 2000, having worked as a professor in the university's organizational systems department and as an assistant dean for research.

She also maintains a post at the UM Greenebaum Cancer Center and an appointment in the School of Medicine's Department of Pathology.

Previously, McLeskey was an assistant professor at Georgetown University's School of Nursing and Health Studies.

McLeskey earned her doctorate at Georgetown University, and bachelor's degrees from both George Mason University and Duke University.

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