He’s known as “Dr. Q,” the affable Mayo Clinic neurosurgeon and researcher with a welcoming bedside manner. But for Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, the road to the operating room was an unlikely journey. Born in a village outside Mexicali, Mexico, Quiñones-Hinojosa was just 19 when he illegally crossed the border into the U.S., determined to make a better life for himself and his family back home. He found work as a laborer on a farm in California, scraping together his earnings to pay for English classes. “When you grow up in a developing country and you see the amazing culture in the U.S.—one built on hard work, on a history of immigration and innovation—you can’t help but dream that one day, maybe if you work hard enough, you’ll be able to make something out of your life despite the odds,” he says.
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Context: Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, M.D., prominent neurosurgeon, researcher and educator, joined Mayo Clinic in 2016 as chair of the Department of Neurosurgery on the Florida campus, along with several members of his research team from Johns Hopkins Medicine. Dr. Quinones-Hinojosa is renown nationally and internationally as a surgeon, researcher, humanitarian and author. His laboratory has published many manuscripts and articles, submitted a number of patents and obtained three NIH grants. Students and fellows who worked with Dr. Quinones-Hinojosa have gone on to join leading neuroscience programs throughout the world. Mayo Clinic's world-renowned neurosurgeons perform more than 7,000 complex surgical procedures every year at campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota.
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