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Nancy Abu-Bonsrah      

First Black Woman Accepted to Johns Hopkins School of Medicine's Neurology Residency Program

In 2017, Nancy Abu-Bonsrah became the first black female to be accepted to train as a brain surgeon at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the school “where the medical discipline of neurological surgery was founded.”

Born in Ghana, Abu-Bonsrah moved to Maryland when she was 15. She studied chemistry and biochemistry at Mount Saint Mary's University in Maryland. Then she went to Johns Hopkins University to study medicine. She is the first doctor in her extended family.

Her desire to study neurosurgery was the result of shadowing a neurosurgeon when Abu-Bonsrah revisited her home country as a junior in college.

Abu-Bonsrah identifies as Seventh-Day Adventist.

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