Meet Nancy Abu-Bonsrah: Johns Hopkins’ First Black Female Neurosurgeon Resident

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March 21, 2017 – BALTIMORE, MD – Match Day, which occurs on the third Friday of March each year, is an important day for medical students because they learn which hospitals they have been accepted to for their residencies.

Nancy Abu-Bonsrah made history Friday, March 17 as John Hopkins University announced her as a match for their program, making her the first black female neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She will be completing a three- to seven-year residency program at the Baltimore, Maryland institution, which is widely regarded as one of the top teaching and research facilities in medicine.The residency program is known to be highly competitive, with only a few students accepted each year. Her husband is currently studying medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

“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.”

Raised in Ghana until the age of 15 and living Maryland for the past 11 years, Nancy has high hopes for her future in the field of medicine. “I am very much interested in providing medical care in underserved settings, specifically surgical care,” she says 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.”

Nancy will be the first person in her family to become a physician.