FAMU Freshman From Jacksonville Continues to Excel After Inventing Surgical Technique at Age 14

Tony Hansberry
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Tony D. Hansberry is not your average college freshman. Perceived at as a child prodigy after developing an innovative suture method that decreases hospital stay and increases efficiency during operations for hysterectomies, the then 14-year-old said he just wanted to bring a prize back home from the science fair.

“People think I’m a genius,” Hansberry said. “It’s not that at all, I just like medicine.”

Hansberry, a freshman bio-medical engineering student at Florida A&M University (FAMU), said after not winning in the science fair in the eighth grade, he teamed up with an administrator at Shands Hospital to create the innovative surgical procedure. Hansberry has continued his education in the field that caught his interest early on as a child.


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