John Hopkins Accepts First Black Female Neurosurgeon and She Has Big Plans

Nancy Abu-Bonsrah, a graduating neurosurgery medical student, waited on March 17 — known as "Match Day," or the day that medical students find out which hospital they will be completing their residencies at — to receive her white envelope.

The Ghana native's dreams came true with she was accepted to Johns Hopkins School of Medicine's neurosurgery department.

And that's not all.

Abu-Bonsrah just made history by being the first black female neurosurgery resident to be accepted in Hopkins' 30-plus years of accepting graduates for residency.

In addition to making history, Abu-Bonsrah's husband Kwabena Yamoah was also accepted into the residency program at John Hopkins. The two have been working and living together in Maryland for the past eleven years.

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

She will be the first physician in her family and has big plans for the future of medicine.

"I hope to be able to go back to Ghana over the course of my career to help in building sustainable surgical infrastructure."

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