Johns Hopkins Welcomes its First Black Female Neurosurgery Resident
Nancy Abu-Bonsrah is now the first black female resident at the prestigious Johns Hopkins neurosurgery department. She was born and raised in the Ashanti region of Ghana until she moved to Maryland with her parents at the age of 15. After graduating high school at Hammond High School in Columbia, Maryland, Abu-Bonsrah obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry at Mount St. Mary’s University. Following her undergrad studies, she immediately moved on to her medical training at Johns Hopkins University.
She was notified of her groundbreaking accomplishment on Match Day, March 17th, the day when all medical students learn where they will be spending their final stage of learning before becoming full-fledged physicians. The news was even more welcome for Abu-Bonsrah as her husband Kwabena Yamoah, whom she married late last year, is also a medical student at Johns Hopkins. Upon learning of the news, she posted to her friends on Facebook saying,
“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!”
A Prestigious Program
John Hopkins School of Medicine’s neurosurgical department is ranked second best neurosurgery department in the nation after only the Mayo Clinic. The program only accepts between two and five residents a year and has given us many great alumni, including former presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, who graduated the program in 1983.
Her Hopes for the Future
Ultimately, Abu-Bonsrah wishes to bring her neurosurgery skills back to Ghana, so that she can help the nation “in building sustainable surgical infrastructure.” A large part of her inspiration for this wish stems from a trip she took to her home country during a winter break from school. While she was there, she shadowed doctors and learned more about Ghana’s health care system. She saw the need for more care providers there, noticing that the surgeons were simply overwhelmed.
Abu-Bonsrah will be beginning her residency in July after a quick visit home to Ghana. She will be learning with four other residents accepted to the program this year.