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Discussion Guide for Becoming Dr Q: My Journey from Migrant Farm Worker to Brain Surgeon
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Today he is known as Dr. Q, an internationally renowned neurosurgeon and neuroscientist who leads cutting-edge research to cure brain cancer. But not too long ago, he was Freddy, a nineteen-year-old undocumented migrant worker toiling in the tomato fields of central California. In this gripping memoir, Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa tells his amazing life story--from his impoverished childhood in the tiny village of Palaco, Mexico, to his harrowing border crossing and his transformation from illegal immigrant to an American citizen and gifted student at the University of California at Berkeley and at Harvard Medical School. Packed with adventure and adversity - including a few terrifying brushes with death - Becoming Dr. Q is a testament to persistence, hard work, the power of hope and imagination, and the pursuit of excellence. It's also a story about the importance of family, mentors, and giving people a chance.
14th International Latino Book Award for Best Biography
Becoming Dr Q: My Journey from Migrant Farm Worker to Brain Surgeon | Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa | University of California Press | 2011 | 328 pages | ISBN: 978-0520274563
Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, MD, is a consultant and serves as chair of the Department of Neurologic Surgery at Mayo Clinic's campus in Florida, and he is recognized with the distinction of a named professorship, the William J. and Charles H. Mayo Professorship. In addition to his clinical activities, Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa leads NIH-funded research to find a cure for brain cancer. His cutting-edge research focuses on brain tumors and cell migration, health care disparities and clinical outcomes for neurosurgical patients in which the operating room is used as an extension for his research scenario. He has authored numerous high-impact scientific journal articles, chapters, abstracts and books.
NNLM Reading Club Presents...
Host Edgar Gil Rico of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health joined NNLM and our All of Us community partners for an afternoon with Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, MD to discuss his book, Becoming Dr. Q: My Journey from Migrant Farm Worker to Brain Surgeon.
Dr. Q, as he is known, shared his journey from a child in a Mexican village to migrant farmworker in California to a world-renown brain surgeon and researcher. Dr. Q also answered audience questions.