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Ghanaian Adventist becomes first black female neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital

Nancy Abu Bonsrah

In a medical rite in the U.S. known as Match Day, where graduating fourth year medical students are given envelopes and find out where they have been matched to continue their medical training in a three to seven year residency program, Ghanaian Nancy Abu-Bonsrah was matched with Johns Hopkins Hospital to specialize in neurological surgery.

The match made her the first black female neurosurgeon at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Abu-Bonsrah will spend seven more years at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she would get hands-on experience in her field.

According to the Johns Hopkins news release, prior to Match Day, students complete lengthy paperwork, and on-site interviews with hospitals, then provide a ranked list of their top choices. Hospitals submit a similar list, indicating openings, preferred students, and specialty or generalist preferences. Each applicant is matched via computer algorithm to the hospital residency program that is highest on the applicant’s list, and has offered the applicant a position. Johns Hopkins students are often matched with their first- or second-choice sites.
Opened envelop on Match Day. Congratulations to Nancy Abu-Bonsrah Photo: Nancy Abu-Bonsrah/ Facebook
Abu-Bonsrah, according the John Hopkins medical news release spent the first 15 years of her life in Ghana and came to Maryland 11 years ago. She attended Hammond High School in Columbia, Maryland and went to college at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, after which, right after her undergrad, she went to Johns Hopkins .

Abu-Bonsrah further stated in the news release that she is very much interested in providing medical care in undeserved settings, specifically surgical care. The Ghanaian hopes to return to her country over the course of her career to help in building sustainable surgical infrastructure.

Nancy Abu Bonsrah and husband Kwabena Yamoah at Johns Hopkins Armstrong Medical Education Building.

Her match to Johns Hopkins Hospital for neurological surgery is a dream come true for her. She says she wants to be remembered for serving her community either through providing quality surgical care or mentoring the next generation of surgeons.

Abu-Bonsrah attended Johns Hopkins University school of Medicine alongside her husband, and participated in the Match Day, which took place on the 17th of March. The event took place on the second floor of the Anne and Mike Armstrong Medical Education Building at 1600 McElderry St. in Baltimore, Maryland.

In a Facebook post, Abu-Bonsrah said:

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! #match2017 #glorytoGod #wemadeit #sevenmoreyears #Neurosurgery #firstfemaleAAatHopkins

There has been an outpour of congratulations from social media. We wish Nancy Abu-Bonsrah all the best in her medical career.


Source: thisisafrica


  1. Congrats, Nancy. We are proud of your achievement

  2. Nti Kyei Michael

    Nancy, hoist the black star of Africa on high and continue to let it shine.let’s all praise God for being a vessel of honour for Him.

  3. Alberta Karikari

    Congrats sis
    All glory to God

  4. Abiola Samuel

    Thank God for the success Nancy

  5. We are proud of u daughter of the soil of Africa! May God bless n keep u! May u live long to fulfill the purpose of ur existence! To God b the glory!!!

  6. Thobani Khumalo

    Amen praise be to God Almighty we really happy for the sister go on my sister.

  7. I’m super happy for you sister in Christ!! PTL always. xo

  8. Emmanuel Boateng

    To God be the glory!! May your dreams be achieved. Go high and beyond sister in Jesus name. Stay blessed!!!

  9. congratulations, nancy, you are exactly where God wants you

  10. Godfrey Gaisie

    The neurosurgical training program takes 6 to 7 years to complete. Until that time we cannot call her a neurosurgeon as the title suggests.
    She has done very well to get into a prestigious program. To call her a surgeon now is like calling someone who just gained admission into medical school a doctor!

  11. Be careful with misleading headlines. She is not a Neurosurgeon. She is going to be a resident in the neurosurgery program. Once completed in how many years, then she end the title of neurosurgeon.
    congratulations to her.

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