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|Born||2 January 1968
|Institutions||Johns Hopkins Hospital|
Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa (also known as "Dr. Q") is a physician, author, and researcher. He practices neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital and runs a basic science research lab out of Johns Hopkins Hospital. Quiñones is Director of the Brain Tumor Surgery Program at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Director of the Pituitary Surgery Program at Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Director of the Brain Tumor Stem Cell Laboratory at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. In addition to being a professor of neurosurgery, neuroscience, oncology, and cellular and molecular medicine, Quiñones is also the author of the newly released book, Becoming Dr Q.
Quiñones, the oldest of six children, was born in a small village outside of Mexicali. In 1987, at the age of 19, Quiñones-Hinojosa jumped the border fence between Mexico and the United States. Once arriving in United States, Quinones could not speak English and worked on farms outside of Fresno, California. As a farm hand, he saved enough money to take English classes.
Quiñones-Hinojosa started his education at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, California, and completed his bachelor's degree in psychology with the highest honors at University of California, Berkeley. He then went on to receive his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, where he graduated with honors. He also became a US citizen during this time. He then completed his residency in neurosurgery at the University of California, San Francisco, where he also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in developmental and stem cell biology at the laboratory of Professor Arturo Alvarez-Buylla.
Quiñones is currently a professor of neurosurgery and oncology at Johns Hopkins, where he serves as the director of the brain tumor program at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He focuses on the surgical treatment of primary and metastatic brain tumors, with an emphasis on motor and speech mapping during surgery. He is expert in treating intradural spinal tumors as well as brainstem and eloquent brain tumors in adults with the use of neurophysiological monitoring during surgery. He further specializes in the treatment of patients with pituitary tumors using a transphenoidal endonasal approach with surgical navigation and/or endoscopic techniques. He has a strong interest in treating patients with skull base tumors and the use of radiosurgery as an adjunct to the treatment of these lesions.
Quiñones conducts both clinical and basic science research. From 2005-2011, his team published 113 scientific articles and received 13 funding grants. Quiñones conducts numerous research efforts on elucidating the role of stem cells in the origin of brain tumors and the potential role stem cells can play in fighting brain cancer and regaining neurological function. His coworkers team are renowned scientists including Curt Civin, Jose Manuel Garcia-Verdugo, Steven Goldman, Oscar Gonzalez-Perez, George Jallo, Samson Jarso, John Laterra, Andre Levchenko and Hongjun Song. He has been actively involved in fund raisers for brain cancer research. In 2011, he ran the Baltimore half-marathon with his research team and some of his own patients to raise money for cancer research. He finished the race in 1 hr 57 min.
In 2011, Quinones published his autobiography, Becoming Dr Q: My journey from migrant farm worker to brain surgeon. He is also the lead editor for the upcoming edition of Schmidek and Sweet's Operative Neurosurgical Techniques, one of the world's preeminent textbooks of neurosurgery.
Awards and recognitions
1986 B.A. Escuela Normal Urbana Federal Fronteriza, Mexicali, Mexico - Social Sciences and Humanities, Multidisciplinary teaching license
1991 San Joaquin Delta Community College, Stockton, California - Transfer core curriculum to the University of California 
1994 B.A. University of California, Berkeley, California - Highest Honors  1999 M.D. Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts - Cum Laude 
2000 University of California, San Francisco, California (General Surgery) - Most Valuable Intern Award 
2004 University of California, San Francisco, California (Residency - Neurosurgery) - Howard Naffziger Neurological Surgery Award 
2006 Howard Hughes Institute - Physician-Scientist Career Award 
2006 Association of American Medical Colleges - Herbert Nickens Award
2006 American Society of Clinical Oncology Foundation - Career Development Award 
2006 American College of Surgeon - Franklin Martin Faculty Research Award 
2006 Johns Hopkins University - Passano Physician Scientist Award 
2007 Johns Hopkins Hospital - Department of Neurosurgery - Faculty Teaching Award (Richard J. Otenasek) 
2007 Robert Wood Johnson Award 
2007 Popular Science Magazine - Brilliant 10 Scientists Award
2007 Baltimore Magazine - US Top Docs 
2007 Hispanic Business Journal - Top 100 Most influential Hispanic in the U.S.
2008 American Association of Neurological Surgeons - AANS Bittner Award
2008 Merage Foundation - National Leadership in Science and Medicine Award
2008 ANS/CNS - Skull Base Award
2008 Olender Foundation - America's Role Model Award 
2009 California Community College - Distinguished Alumni Award
2010 Science & Engineering Festival - Nifty Fifty Scientist 
2011 South Vermont College - Honorary Doctor of Human Letters
2011 Baltimore Magazine - Baltimore Top Docs
2012 Lackawanna College, Scranton, Pennsylvania - Doctor of Humane Letters Honoris Causa
2012 Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD - Promoted to full Professor of Neurosurgery and Oncology, Neuroscience and Cellular and Molecular Medicine.
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- DUDLEY. "The Alfredo Story". Retrieved 22 September 2012.
- Quiñones-Hinojosa, A. (2007). "Terra Firma — A Journey from Migrant Farm Labor to Neurosurgery". New England Journal of Medicine 357 (6): 529–531. doi:10.1056/NEJMp078105. PMID 17687127.
- "DOME: The Remarkable Journey of Doctor Q". Hopkinsmedicine.org. Retrieved 2012-03-11.
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- All Things Considered. "Farmworker to Surgeon: Immigrant Lives Dream". NPR. Retrieved 2012-03-11.
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- "All the things Dr Quinones does at Hopkins. Basic science research, clinical research, neurosurgery, and social events". Doctorqmd.com. Retrieved 2012-03-11.
- "Fundraisers for Dr Quinones' fight against brain tumors". Doctorqmd.com. Retrieved 2012-03-11.
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- Serpick, Evan. "The Curious Case of Dr. Q". Baltimore magazine. Retrieved 2012-05-14.
- "Jack H. Olender & Associates, Medical Malpractice Law, Washington, D.C". Olender.com. Retrieved 2012-05-14.
- "Nifty Fifty". Usasciencefestival.org. Retrieved 2012-03-11.
- The New Website of Dr Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, May 2012
- All the videos of Dr Quinones-Hinojosa, May 2012
- "Becoming Dr. Q: My Journey from Migrant Farm Worker to Brain Surgeon" - book excerpt
- Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa short talk: "How I Became a Scientist"
- An 'American' Success Story, May 19, 2007
- The Amazing Doctor Q, February 11, 2009
- Once a migrant worker, today he’s a brain surgeon, updated 7/23/2008 9:51:16 AM ET
- From Farmhand to Brain Surgeon Posted 07.01.08
- The American Dream: Dr. Quiñones' Incredible Journey, June 26, 2008
- C-SPAN Q&A interview with Quinones-Hinojosa, October 16, 2011