Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, MD

William J. and Charles H. Mayo Professor and Chair of Neurologic Surgery

Author of "Becoming Dr Q: My Journey from Migrant Farm Worker to Brain Surgeon"

Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, commonly known as Dr. Q, received his medical degree from Harvard University and 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. His career began at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he became a Professor of Neurosurgery and Oncology, Neurology, and Cellular and Molecular Medicine and Director of the Brain Tumor Stem Cell Laboratory. Nowadays, he is the William J. and Charles H. Mayo Professor and Chair of Neurologic Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.

Dr. Quiñones is known internationally as a neurosurgeon and neuroscientist who leads NIH-funded research to cure brain cancer. He has published numerous peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, edited neurosurgical texts and published his memoir, Becoming Dr. Q:My Journey from Migrant Farm Worker to Brain Surgeon, in both English and Spanish. He has also been recognized with several prestigious awards, including being named as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics. He was also selected by Popular Science magazine as one of their 6th Annual Brilliant Ten in their search for young geniuses influencing the course of science. He has received honorary degrees from Southern Vermont College, Lackawanna College, Dominican University, University of Notre Dame, Loyola University, and Universidad Anahuac Mexico. He was awarded the Cortes de Cadiz Prize in the category of surgery by the city council of Cadiz, Spain, and was also named by Forbes as one of the most creative Mexicans. More recently, Dr. Q’s story was featured on the BBC and Netflix show “The Surgeon’s Cut,” episode 2 “Sacred Brain,” and Plan B Entertainment with Annapurna Pictures announced that his story will soon be featured in a movie.

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