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Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa

World-Renowned Neurosurgeon & Neuroscientist


Embodying an American Dream like no other, Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa journeyed from rural Mexico to the tomato fields and rail yards of Central California, toiling as a migrant worker before reaching the highest echelon of medicine in America.

The world-renowned brain surgeon and healthcare innovator performs 250 brain surgeries a year and leads cutting-edge research in the fight to cure brain cancer as the Neurosurgery Chair at the Mayo Clinic in Florida and formerly at Johns Hopkins University. He has appeared on the award-winning ABC series Hopkins, NOVA, CBS News with Katie Couric and The Today Show and speaks regularly to students of all ages on the value of embracing careers in science, technology, engineering and math. He will soon be the subject of a new movie Dr. Q, being produced by Brad Pitt's production company, Plan B.

Dr. Q — as he is famously known — shares his remarkable story in presentations emphasizing STEM education, his own innovative efforts to improve healthcare quality, and what it means to come from nothing and through hard work and dedication emerge as the ultimate American success story.



Healthcare Innovation: Using Your BRAIN for the Greater Good

Top brain surgeon Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa is in hot pursuit of a breakthrough in the treatment of brain cancer. With his work in the operating theater at Johns Hopkins University and with his nonprofit Mission:BRAIN (Bridging Resources and Advancing International Neurosurgery), Dr. Q relies on healthcare innovation and cutting edge technology, to ultimately discover a cure for brain cancer, as he performs 250 surgeries each year. Dr. Q. knows first-hand that we need to be personal innovators first, in order to make quantum leaps in curing diseases and improving health outcomes. In this presentation derived from his own personal experiences and methods of practice, Dr. Q presents his inspirational vision of making medicine work for us all. His drive and passion, and as well as his rousing stories of saving lives around the world is sure to uplift and inspire your audience.

This Is Your Brain on STEM: Making the Case for Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math from America's Top Brain Surgeon

Every year, Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa brings students to The Johns Hopkins University campus in Baltimore in the hope of igniting a passion in them to pursue careers in STEM-related fields. As a doctor, scientist and inventor, Dr. Q. believes in the importance of science, technology, math and engineering in education. He also believes in the responsible appropriation of educational funds leading to STEM careers.

In this highly personal presentation detailing his astonishing career trajectory, delivered with the same rousing spirit of encouragement as his beloved annual addresses to students on his home turf, Dr. Q. recounts his own story of relentless dedication, persistence and hope in the field of medicine. In an effort to inspire students of all ages to place their own brain trust in the STEM fields that inspire them, he recounts with surgical precision what made him a luminary in his field. He also uses his STEM background for what he hopes is an eventual cure for brain cancer.

Becoming Dr. Q: An American Dream Like No Other

Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa came to America as a teenager from his native Mexico. He began working in the tomato fields and rail yards of Central California and in his spare time took community college classes that brought him to The University of California at Berkeley and then Harvard Medical School. He received a degree in medicine and his American citizenship before the age of 30. By 40 he was widely regarded as one of America's finest doctors, performing 250 brain surgeries a year at Johns Hopkins University in the midst of his fight for a cure for brain cancer. In this rousing presentation, Dr. Q. recounts stories culled from his autobiography Becoming Dr. Q: My Journey From Migrant Farm Worker to Brain Surgeon. He includes details behind his arrival, maturity and eventual success in America, depicting an American Dream like no other.

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