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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Young African woman breaks US university 30-years-old record, becomes first black brain surgeon

An exceptional Lady named Nancy Abu Bonsrah has broken the 30-year-old record of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, United States as the first black to be accepted to train as a brain surgeon.

Nancy Bonsrah, a Ghanaian made history as the first black to be accepted to train in the Neurosurgery department of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in the last three decades.

Nancy relocated from Ghana to the United States at the young age of 15. She attended Hammond High School in Columbia, Maryland before proceeding to earn her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at Mount St. Mary’s University, Maryland.

She received several awards including the Harvey Cushing Medical Research Award, AANS Young Neurosurgeons Committee Mission Fellowship, and the Young Alumni Award at Mount St. Mary’s University.

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She was also among the final-year students from various medical institutions in the United States of America who participated in the 2017 Match Day ahead of their residency training in the coming summer.

After graduation, Nancy proceeded to Johns Hopkins School of Medicine to earn a degree in Medicine making her the first-ever medical doctor in her family. She has over 36 medical research paper publications to her credit.

Speaking about her future plans, Nancy said she has a lens set on providing medical care in undeserved settings, specifically surgical care as well as dreams to return home to Ghana to help in building sustainable surgical infrastructure.



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“I am very much interested in providing medical care in underserved 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,” Nancy said.

“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,” she added.

After she graduated from Medical School, Nancy went on to bag a master’s degree in Public Health at John Hopkins Bloomberg School Of Public Health. She is currently working as a Neurosurgery resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital in, the United States.


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