2012 CHCI Chair's Award Recipient

Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa to be Honored with CHCI Chair's Awards on September 13

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Born in Mexacali, Mexico, Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa or Dr. Q as he is widely called first came to the United States at the age of 19, to explore what the country had to offer. His humble beginnings in this country included backbreaking work in California's fields, mostly picking tomatoes. Through his hard work and dedication Dr. Q received a medical degree from Harvard University, where he graduated cum laude. He went on to complete his residency in neurosurgery at the University of California, San Francisco, where he also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in developmental and stem cell biology. 

Today Dr. Q is a Professor of Neurosurgery and Oncology, Neuroscience and Cellular and Molecular Medicine at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition to directing the Brain Tumor Surgery Program at Johns Hopkins Bayview Hospital, and the Pituitary Surgery Program at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Dr. Q leads the Brain Tumor Stem Cell Laboratory.  He focuses on the surgical treatment of primary and metastatic brain tumors, with an emphasis on motor and speech mapping during surgery as well as in the treatment of patients with pituitary and skull base tumors using transphenoidal endonasal and minimally invasive surgical approaches.

Dr. Q is an internationally renowned neurosurgeon and neuroscientist who leads cutting edge research to cure brain cancer. He has published over 180 peer-reviewed articles and over 40 book chapters and has edited two books on stem cells. Dr. Q 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.

In 2011, his autobiography Becoming Dr Q was published and received a lot of media attention. Dr. Q has appeared on such shows as NOVA, CNN with Sanjay Gupta, the CBS news with Katie Couric, NBC's The Today Show, as well as on National Public Radio. Dr. Q has been featured in a variety of newspapers and magazines and has a growing on-line following.  Dr. Q is regularly listed as one of the Best Doctors in America and America’s Top Surgeons as well as Baltimore Top Docs. Dr. Q is a true beacon of hope and an extraordinary example for all Latinos.

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