World-Renowned Neurosurgeon & Neuroscientist
Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa — just call him Dr. Q — was an impoverished teenager living in a rural Mexican village before he hopped an 18-foot fence into California and found his way through hope, hard work and perseverance into the loftiest heights of the American Dream. The eldest of five children, "Freddy," as he was then known, toiled 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. Then he became a gifted student at Berkeley before transferring to Harvard, where he received his medical degree and became a naturalized U.S. citizen, all before the age of 30. After completing his residency at the University of California, San Francisco — where he also obtained a postdoctoral fellowship in developmental and stem cell biology and was funded by the National Institute of Health for his pioneer work— Dr. Q became a Professor of Neurosurgery and Oncology, Neuroscience and Cellular and Molecular Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. In less than 6 years after starting there as a faculty member—a meteoric rise in academia. Dr. Q 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 federally-funded research to cure brain cancer. Currently Annapurna with Plan B Entertainment productions announced that his inspirational life story is going to be featured in a movie. Netflix also aired a new documentary series called The Surgeon's Cut, which features an episode about Dr. Q and his work. Read More >
Loyola University 2016 Commencement
Johns Hopkins University 2013 Commencement
Southern Vermont College 2011 Commencement
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.
Every year, Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa brings students to The John 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. Read More >
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. Read Less ^
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.
The astonishing journey from migrant farm worker to renowned surgeon, scientist, innovator and philanthropist is full of stories. In this speech Dr. Q will share the stories that demonstrate the importance of building bridges and the ways that bridges sustain and enhance our lives. His journey is a reminder that each student is full of potential and it is our joint responsibility to build bridges to them so that they have futures worth hoping for. Whether it is bridging resources through his global missions or bridging ideas in the lab using STEM cells to find a cure for cancer, Dr. Q uses bridges to find cures and give hope.
"One of the best talks ever. Thanks for everything you and APB did to make this possible. I know everyone at the University so enjoyed working with you. You continue to hit it out of the park with your selection of speakers for the Presidential Lectures. Thank you. Although we weren’t available for the reception, we didn’t miss a moment of Dr. Q’s motivational presentation. It was spot on. He made the virtual format warm and inviting."
"To quote my students, 'OMG - Dr. Q. Was awesome!!!' We continue to receive accolades for bringing him to Arizona and some regretting they did not attend - we were sold out! Both the audience at the luncheon and presentation to students after brought standing ovations and everyone swarming the genuine and gentle good doctor."
"It was absolutely terrific. Easily one of the best events we had this year! Our auditorium was standing room only, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house at some of his stories. He is a remarkable human being, and I look forward to seeing his story on the big screen in the near future!"
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