Johns Hopkins University Welcomes Its First Black Female Neurosurgeon Resident
Johns Hopkins medical school has accepted its first ever black woman to be trained as a neurosurgeon.
Although the prestigious Johns Hopkins School of Medicine’s neurosurgical department has accepted black men as residents (most notably alumni Dr. Ben Carson, who is currently serving as the United States secretary of Housing and Urban Development), in had yet to accept a black woman into its program until now.
In a report from CNN, Nancy Abu-Bonsrah has made history as the program’s first resident that is a black woman.
“I am very much interested in providing medical care in underserved settings, specifically surgical care,” Abu-Bonsrah said in a statement. “I hope to be able to go back to Ghana over the course of my career to help in building sustainable surgical infrastructure.”
“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,” she added. “Unique thing: Everything is special about the match. It will be a dream come true.”
Abu-Bonsrah also took to her Facebook to announce that she had been accepted. “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,” she wrote. “I’m so fortunate to have the continued support of my husband, family, friends and mentors.”
The neurosurgical department at Johns Hopkins only accepts two to five residents, and is ranked second in the country. Congratulations to Abu-Bonsrah for making herstory happen!