Patt Morrison for October 18, 2011

From farmhand to neurosurgeon: "Becoming Dr. Q"

University of California Press

Alfredo started his academic life at a California community college after hopping the U.S.-Mexican border fence.

Today, he’s known as Dr. Q, an associate professor of Neurosurgery and Oncology, Neuroscience and Cellular and Molecular Medicine at Johns Hopkins University where he also directs the Brain Tumor Surgery Program, the Pituitary Surgery Program and leads the Brain Tumor Stem Cell Laboratory. In 2008, he was named one of the 100 most influential Hispanics for his cutting edge research on a cure for brain cancer.

How did a 19-year-old undocumented migrant working in the tomato fields of central California become an internationally renowned neurosurgeon? Dr. Q joins Patt in studio with his story.

You can also catch KPCC Arts and Education reporter Adolfo Guzman-Lopez interview Dr. Q as part of the [ALOUD] series at the Los Angeles Central Library, taking place this Wednesday, October 19th, at 7 PM.


Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, M.D., author of "Becoming Dr. Q: My Journey from Migrant Farm Worker to Brain Surgeon"

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