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Mount Presents Distinguished Young Alumni Award to Nancy Abu-Bonsrah

In recognition of her groundbreaking accomplishments since graduating from Mount St. Mary’s University in 2012, Nancy Abu-Bonsrah has been named the university’s 2018 Distinguished Young Alumni Award recipient. Abu-Bonsrah, who is the first African-American female to be accepted into the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine department of neurosurgery, received the award at the Mount’s Winter Homecoming on January 27.

The Distinguished Young Alumni Award, established in 1976, honors the achievements of Mount alumni who are fewer than 15 years postgraduation. The award recognizes young alumni, who, through hard work, perseverance and education have reached a high level of achievement in their chosen profession. The award also honors graduates who have brought honor and distinction to their alma mater by their success, interest and support of the Mount through the National Alumni Association.

Abu-Bonsrah graduated from the Mount with a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry, and was a member of the honors program. She began her seven-year neurosurgery residency last summer after graduating from Johns Hopkins Medical School. This prestigious program accepts just two to five residents and is ranked second in the country. 

In presenting the award to Abu-Bonsrah, Charlotte Barry, C’15, noted that Abu-Bonsrah hopes to return to Ghana over the course of her career to help in building sustainable surgical infrastructure as well as work in her U.S. community to provide quality surgical care and help mentor the next generation of surgeons. “Nancy’s demonstrated selflessness is not only a contribution to the community but also a true motivational example,” Barry said. “She gives back, not because she has to, but because she wants to and is an inspiration to others.”