April 2, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
Donald W. Reynolds Center, 3208 E. 8th St.
Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa
Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa was living in a rural Mexican village before he came to California as a teenager. The eldest of five children, “Freddy,” as he was known then, worked by day as an undocumented migrant worker in the tomato fields and rail yards of Central California. On his days off, he attended biology classes at the San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton. He then became a student at Berkeley before transferring to Harvard, where he received his medical degree and became a naturalized U.S. citizen.
After completing his residency at the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa became a professor of neurosurgery and oncology, neuroscience and cellular and molecular medicine at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He is widely regarded as one of the world’s finest surgeons and scientists, operating on some 250 brain tumors every year and leading cutting-edge research to cure brain cancer. At Johns Hopkins, he led the Brain Tumor Stem Cell Laboratory, focusing on the surgical treatment of primary and metastatic brain tumors. He has conducted numerous research efforts on brain cancer and the role stem cells can play in fighting illness, receiving funding for his work from the National Institute of Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, among others. Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa currently directs the Brain Tumor Surgery Program at The Johns Hopkins Bayview Hospital, Baltimore and the Pituitary Surgery Program at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore. He is also working on a method to use human fat cells to fight brain cancer.
In 2011, Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa co-founded Mission:BRAIN with Dr. Michael Lawton of University of California, San Francisco, a nonprofit organization providing neurosurgical resources to patients, caregivers and healthcare providers in underserved areas around the world. Mission:BRAIN conducts neurosurgical missions in Mexico, the Philippines and other countries across the globe where health care is lacking with a consortium of medical professionals, suppliers and volunteers from across the United States.
Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa published his best-selling autobiography, “Becoming Dr. Q: My Journey from Migrant Farm Worker to Brain Surgeon” (University of California Press), in 2012. He is at work on a follow-up volume describing his day-to-day life as a brain surgeon at Johns Hopkins and has appeared on television in the award-winning ABC series “Hopkins” as well as on “NOVA,” “CBS News with Katie Couric” and NBC’s the “Today” show. He was featured in the movie “Dr.Q,” which is being produced by Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B, and received the Neurosurgeon of the Year Award in 2014 from Voices Against Brain Cancer. Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa is presently the Neurosurgery Chair at the Mayo Clinic in Florida.