Nancy Abu-Bonsrah: A Ghanaian Becomes The First Black Female Neurosurgeon At Johns Hopkins Hospital



On Friday, March 17th, Ghana’s Nancy Abu-Bonsrah made history by being the first black female neurosurgeon at the prestigious Johns Hopkin’s Hospital.

The news was announced on Friday, March 17, which is known nationwide as “Match Day.” The Match Day is a day in the United States  where the graduating fourth year medical students are matched with the hospital where they will be resident and train on their specialty.

Before the Match Day the concerned medical Johns Hopkins management says students are expected to complete series of tests- paperworks and interviews with the hospital. The students are also expected to list their top choices for their residency; clearly stated in order of preference.

In the same way hospitals are expected to indicate openings, preferred students and specialties. The hospitals compile the lists, submit them and then the matching begins. The students are matched to hospitals using a computer algorithm.

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As fate would have it, Nancy received her own letter and behold the history. She was matched to Johns Hopkins Hospital; making her the first black female neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins. Nancy will spend the next 7 years at the hospital, specializing in Neurological Surgery.

Nancy Abu-Bonsrah spent the first 15 years of her life in Ghana. She moved with her parents to the United States where she has lived for the past 11 years.

She attended Hammond High School in Columbia, Maryland and went to college at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland.



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Co-incidentally Nancy Abu-Bonsrah attended Johns Hopkins University school of Medicine. She is married to Kwabena Yamoah who is also a medical student at Johns Hopkins.

On the latest development, Nancy who will be the first medical personality in her entire family expressed her pleasant surprise in a Facebook post,

“What a way to begin the Sabbath! I still haven’t processed it yet but this is such an honor and a privilege to join the department at Hopkins to begin this next phase of my career. I’m so fortunate to have the continued support of my husband, family, friends and mentors. Kwabena and I are excited for what’s ahead!”

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Nancy Abu-Bonsrah believes in humanitarian causes and harbors a vision of helping out communities in need of her medical services. She also looks forward to mentoring the next generation of surgeons and also intends to return home in the future to develop neurological services.

“I am very much interested in providing medical care in under-served 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. 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.”

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

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