Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa

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Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa
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Born 2 January 1968
Citizenship United States
Fields Neurosurgery
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.[1] 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.

Early years[edit]

Quiñones, the oldest of five children, was born in a small village outside of Mexicali.[2] In 1987, at the age of 19, Quiñones-Hinojosa crossed the border fence between Mexico and the United States.[3][4][5] Once arriving in the United States, Quiñones could not speak English and worked on farms outside of Fresno, California.[1][6] As a farm hand, he saved enough money to take English classes.[7]


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.[4] 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.[7] 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 Álvarez-Buylla.

Professional career[edit]

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.[8] 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.[9] 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.[10]


In 2011, Quiñones 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.[11]

Awards and recognitions[edit]

1986 B.A. Escuela Normal Urbana Federal Fronteriza, Mexicali, Mexico - Social Sciences and Humanities, Multidisciplinary teaching license[12]
1991 San Joaquin Delta Community College, Stockton, California - Transfer core curriculum to the University of California [12]
1994 B.A. University of California, Berkeley, California - Highest Honors [12] 1999 M.D. Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts - Cum Laude [12]
2000 University of California, San Francisco, California (General Surgery) - Most Valuable Intern Award [12]
2004 University of California, San Francisco, California (Residency - Neurosurgery) - Howard Naffziger Neurological Surgery Award [12]
2006 Howard Hughes Institute - Physician-Scientist Career Award [12]
2006 Association of American Medical Colleges - Herbert Nickens Award[12]
2006 American Society of Clinical Oncology Foundation - Career Development Award [12]
2006 American College of Surgeon - Franklin Martin Faculty Research Award [12]
2006 Johns Hopkins University - Passano Physician Scientist Award [12]
2007 Johns Hopkins Hospital - Department of Neurosurgery - Faculty Teaching Award (Richard J. Otenasek) [12]
2007 Robert Wood Johnson Award [12]
2007 Popular Science Magazine - Brilliant 10 Scientists Award[13]
2007 Baltimore Magazine - US Top Docs [14]
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 [15]
2009 California Community College - Distinguished Alumni Award
2010 Science & Engineering Festival - Nifty Fifty Scientist [16]
2011 South Vermont College - Honorary Doctor of Human Letters
2011 Baltimore Magazine - Baltimore Top Docs[17]
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.
2012 Prize "Maximiliano Ruiz Castaneda"(as co-worker of Dr. Oscar Gonzalez-Perez).


  1. ^ a b "Dr. Q - Dr Q's Story – A Doctor Without Borders". 1989-04-14. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  2. ^ DUDLEY. "The Alfredo Story". Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  3. ^ 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.  edit
  4. ^ a b "DOME: The Remarkable Journey of Doctor Q". Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  5. ^ Ledford, H. (2011). "Work ethic: The 24/7 lab". Nature 477 (7362): 20–22. doi:10.1038/477020a. PMID 21886138.  edit
  6. ^ Dudley. "The Alfredo Story". 
  7. ^ a b All Things Considered. "Farmworker to Surgeon: Immigrant Lives Dream". NPR. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  8. ^ Nature. "Work ethic: The 24/7 lab : Nature News". Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  9. ^ "All the things Dr Quinones does at Hopkins. Basic science research, clinical research, neurosurgery, and social events". Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  10. ^ "Fundraisers for Dr Quinones' fight against brain tumors". Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  11. ^ "Becoming Dr Q: My journey from migrant farm worker to brain surgeon". 2012-02-22. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m
  13. ^ Mone, Gregory. "PopSci's 6th Annual Brilliant Ten | Popular Science". Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  14. ^ Serpick, Evan. "The Curious Case of Dr. Q". Baltimore magazine. Retrieved 2012-05-14. 
  15. ^ "Jack H. Olender & Associates, Medical Malpractice Law, Washington, D.C". Retrieved 2012-05-14. 
  16. ^ "Nifty Fifty". Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
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