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Johns Hopkins Welcomes Its First Black Female Neurosurgeon Resident

Nancy Abu-Bonsrah is making history by being placed at Johns Hopkins Hospital's neurology department.
Johns Hopkins Welcomes Its First Black Female Neurosurgeon Resident Nancy Abu-Bonsrah
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Johns Hopkins University is making history with the residency of Nancy Abu-Bonsrah, their first black female neurosurgeon resident at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

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The news was announced on Friday, March 17, which is known nationwide as “Match Day.” The day is significant in that it indicates when medical students around the country find out at which hospitals they’ll practice their residency.

Nancy, who’s graduating from John Hopkins and will go on to work in their neurosurgery department, hails from Ghana. She was raised in the West African country until the age of 15, and has been in Maryland for the past 11 years.

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“I am very much interested in providing medical care in underserved settings, specifically surgical care,” she said in a statement. “I hope to be able to go back to Ghana over the course of my career to help in building sustainable surgical infrastructure. I will be matching into neurosurgery, a field that I am greatly enamored with, and hope to utilize those skills in advancing global surgical care.”

Nancy’s husband, Kwabena, is also studying medicine as a 3rd-year medical student at University of Maryland. Her moment is extra special, as she will be the first physician in her family. 

“I want to be remembered for serving my community, whether it is through providing quality surgical care or helping mentor the next generation of surgeons. Everything is special about the match. It will be a dream come true.”

Nancy will continue her medical training in a seven-year residency program while at the hospital.