From a field worker to a top surgeon, Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa

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September 26, 2012 by bramirezgalaviz1

Image   Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, widely known as Dr. Q, was born in Mexicali, Mexico and immigrated to the United States at the age of 19. Due to the devaluation of the Mexican peso, Dr. Q’s family lost a small gas station that they owned and so he started to sell hot dogs in the corner of his street. But Dr. Q wanted more from life and the opportunity to obtain a higher education. When he migrated to the United States in 1987, he began to work in the backbreaking California fields, mostly picking tomatoes, seven days a week from sunup to sundown. Dr. Q knew that this job was a dead end. So, he decided to go to San Joaquin Delta Community College where with the help of his speech/debate coach he applied and was accepted to the University of California, Berkeley. Having in mind that math and science were languages of their own, he obtained straight A’s in science and was mentored by Hugo Mora, who was dedicated in helping Hispanics with science talent, to apply to Harvard Medical School. Through his hard work and dedication Dr. Q received a medical degree from Harvard University. Furthermore, he went on to complete his residency in neurosurgery at the University of California, San Francisco, where he also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in developmental and stem cell biology.

   Dr. Q truly exemplifies hope and the phrase, “Si te lo propones lo puedes lograr.” Dr. Q is a Professor of Neurosurgery and Oncology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition to directing the Brain Tumor Surgery Program at Johns Hopkins Bayview Hospital, and the Pituitary Surgery Program at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Dr. Q leads the Brain Tumor Stem Cell Laboratory.  He focuses on the surgical treatment of brain tumors and the treatment of patients with skull tumors using minimal surgical approach. Dr. Q is an internationally distinguished neurosurgeon and neuroscientist who focuses his research on finding the cure for brain cancer. Through his published articles, over 40 book chapters, and as a contributing editor of two books on stem cells, Dr. Q conducts numerous research efforts on clarifying the role of stem cells in the origin of brain tumors and the potential role they can contribute in fighting brain cancer.

   Dr. Quiñones is a remarkable example for all of us Hispanics. Published in 2011, Dr. Q’s autobiography, Becoming Dr. Q, received many acclaims from the audience. He has appeared in shows ranging from NOVA, CBS, to CNN, on national radio, magazines and newspapers, and has had an increase in on-line followers. Dr. Q has been commonly acclaimed as one of the best doctors and top surgeons in America. I found out about Dr. Quiñones through a television commercial on Univision. In this commercial, they portray Dr. Q’s story in an inspirational manner. They portray him with an ambition for knowledge. It was not difficult to find information about Dr. Q. He is a well-recognized doctor in the Latino community and an admirable man internationally for his efforts in brain cancer research. Above all, Dr. Quiñones is a one-of-kind man who inspires us to keep educating ourselves for a better future.

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