John Hopkins Accepts First African American Woman as Neurosurgery Resident

Nancy Abu-Bonsrah is making history as the first African American woman to become a neurosurgery resident at Baltimore’s prestigious Johns Hopkins Hospital.

As reported by WJZ, March 17th was “Match Day” for thousands of medical students across the United States. During that time, students are matched with universities for their residency and medical school programs.

The young med student, originally from Ghana, moved to the United States when she was 15 years old. She completed most of her high school education at Colombia, MD., and went on to complete her medical degree at John Hopkins School of Medicine. Abu-Bonsrah shared the exciting news on Facebook, calling her match a “privilege” and “honor.”

“I am very much interested in providing medical care in undeserved settings, specifically surgical care. I hope to be able to go back to Ghana over the course of my career to help in building sustainable surgical infrastructure.” she said in a statement. ” 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.”

Johns Hopkins Neurosurgery residency program has many celebrity alumnae,  most notably, Secretary of Department of Housing and Urban Development, Dr. Ben Carson, as reported by WJZ.  Johns Hopkins only accepts a small group of students (usually two to five)  into its neurosurgery residency each year.

Photo Credit: Facebook/Nancy Abu-Bonsrah