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Meet Nancy Abu-Bonsrah: Johns Hopkins’ first black female neurosurgeon resident in its 128-year history

INSPIRATION: Nancy Abu-Bonsrah

NANCY ABU-Bonsrah has made history by becoming the first black female neurosurgeon resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital in its 128-year history.

Nancy, who is graduating from John Hopkins University and will go on to work in their neurosurgery department, received the news on Friday (March 17) which is known nationwide as “Match Day.”

“Match Day” is when medical students around the country find out at which hospitals they’ll practice their residency.

The 26-year-old, who is the first physician in her family, was raised in Ghana and left at the age of 15. She has lived in Maryland for the past 11 years.

“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, whose husband is also studying medicine at Johns Hopkins University, said she wants to “be remembered for serving my community, whether it is through providing quality surgical care or helping mentor the next generation of surgeonsl”.

She added: “Unique Thing: Everything is special about the match. It will be a dream come true.”

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

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