Dr. Janina B. Bonwich, MD, – General Surgery

Meet our #WomenCrushWednesday – Dr. Nina Bonwich, MD, – General Surgeon at UAMS

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I love the interface between knowing, thinking, and doing that General Surgery provides.

Name:  Nina Bonwich

Specialty: General Surgery

Undergraduate education: BS Music Education (West Chester U of PA)

Graduate education: MMus in Music Theory (University of Michigan, Go BLUE!)

Medical school: Post-Baccalaureate at Penn, Temple University School of Medicine

Residency: UAMS General Surgery

Hometown: Bethlehem, PA


Tell us about yourself? I practice General Surgery. The first half of my career was spent in Community Practice in Fort Smith.

What are some fun facts about you? I was a professional musician prior to medical school. I play (at) the bagpipes.

What do you love about surgery? Your field? I love the interface between knowing, thinking, and doing that General Surgery provides. The depth and breadth of a general surgery practice can be staggering and, hence, challenging.

Did you have a career before medical school? I started my first career as musician in the US Marine Corps Band and I have had the privilege to teach at various levels including at the University of Michigan. I spent most of my time as a HS Band and Orchestra Conductor.

What brought you to Little Rock? I matched at UAMS for residency. After graduating and practicing in Fort Smith, I had the opportunity to come back to UAMS on staff.

What do you like to do when you’re not at the hospital? Study and play my bagpipes, read, cook, take pictures, and get beaten at chess.

Do you have some WISE words for women who want to become surgeons? Read and study!


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