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Becoming Dr. Q
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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 Quinones-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 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, of mentors, and of giving people a chance.
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Prologue: Seeking Terra Firma PART I. Stargazing 1. Starry Nights 2. Faraway 3. The Kaliman Maneuver 4. Lessons from the Fields PART II. Harvesting 5. Courting Destiny 6. Green Eyes 7. From Harvest to Harvard 8. In the Land of Giants 9. Question the Rules and When Possible Make Your Own 10. Brainstorm PART III. Becoming Dr. Q 11. Hopkins 12. Gray Matter 13. Seeing the Light 14. Finding the Steel in Your Soul Epilogue: When the Sun Comes Up Acknowledgments

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Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, MD, is an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Oncology at Johns Hopkins University. In addition to directing the Brain Tumor Surgery Program, Dr. Q leads the Brain Tumor Stem Cell Laboratory. Named one of the one hundred most influential Hispanics in 2008, Dr. Q was also selected by Popular Science magazine as one of their Annual Brilliant Ten. Dr. Q has extensive publications in the medical field and is the lead editor for the upcoming edition of Schmidek and Sweet's Operative Neurosurgical Techniques. Dr. Q graduated cum laude from Harvard Medical School and completed his residency in neurosurgery at the University of California, San Francisco. On the award-winning ABC series Hopkins, his was the lead episode. Along with appearances on such shows as NOVA, CNN with Sanjay Gupta, 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.

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"A passionate hymn to the power of the American Dream."--Kirkus Reviews

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