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Becoming Dr. Q: My Journey from Migrant Farm Worker to Brain Surgeon Hardcover – October 1, 2011
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"Ever since I first heard Dr. Q’s story, my main question was: how does a migrant farm worker with no money and no English overcome the odds and pursue his aspirations at the highest levels of the medical field? Wownot only is it the stuff of which fairy tales and Hollywood movies are made, but it’s also much needed prescription for the soul.” Chris Gardner, author of The Pursuit of Happyness
When I first met Dr. Q, I thought he had an angel watching out for himdefying death more than once and overcoming the odds of class and racial discrimination. After reading his truly inspirational memoir, I can say that Dr. Q doesn’t have an angel. He is simply one of usa human being who chooses to believe in the capacity of people. And now, every time I see an invisible’ undocumented immigrant, I see a potential brain surgeon. This is a book about humility, being a dreamer and the power of esperanzahope.” Maria Hinojosa, award-winning NPR/PBS anchor and author of Raising Raul and Crews
"Becoming Dr. Q is a book that should be read by all highschoolers and college students--it's about how to overcome hardship, about how to believe in our heart's hope, about not allowing your dreams to be co-opted by mediocrity. This should be a handbook for never giving up on your dreams, and if followed, the world would become a greater place for peace, respect and love. Read itlaugh, cry, share in Dr. Q's magnificent journey!" Jimmy Santiago Baca, author of A Glass of Water
Becoming Dr. Q is a gem of a bookan amazing journey of a young man who entered the United States at age 19 as a non-documented migrant farm worker. Through brilliance and hard work, he gained entry to the top-rated Harvard Medical School. Now at Johns Hopkins, he is recognized as a world-renowned neurosurgeon. It was a pleasure to know Alfredo when he was a trailblazing student at Harvard. Everyone who reads this book will be enriched by his inspiring story.” Alvin F. Poussaint, MD, Harvard Medical School
The life of Dr. Q is a testament to the power of poverty to motivate social ascent, of intellectual prowess to scale academia’s heights, and to the power of altruism to give back through the most highly developed medical treatment and creation of new knowledge, through mentoring the next generation, and through his own unique family.” Joe L. Martinez, Jr., Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley
Quite simply, Dr. Q is a hero to many people in the Hispanic community. He went from the farm fields in California to the most advanced operating rooms in the country. He earned $3.35 an hour cultivating tomatoes and chili peppers in the San Joaquin Valley. What makes his journey unique is that the same hands that picked vegetables are now touch the brains of his patients and saving lives. He did, in just one life, what usually takes two or three generations. I can’t think of a better example of what an immigrant with ambition and dedication can do in this great country of opportunities. He is, no doubt, a real hero.” Jorge Ramos, Senior News Anchor, Univision News
This is the most amazing success story you’ll ever read. Be it fiction or non-fiction, there is not another book out there that competes with the rags to stitches tale of Dr. Q. If you are an illegal, Mexican, migrant farmer, it’s hard enough to make it from paycheck to paycheck in America, let alone from paycheck to crew supervisor to community college to medical school to brain surgeon. Really, the only thing more amazing than how far he has come, is how far he is likely to go. Who better to find a cure for cancer than a man who knows no obstacles? If I were an immigrant to this country looking to find my way, or a young person looking for motivation, or anyone looking for inspiration, this book would become my bible.” Steve Hartman, CBS News correspondent
I used to think that Superman was an American who went by the name Clark Kent. Now I know that he is a Mexican-American who goes by the name Dr Q. Read it to believe it.” Katrina Firlik, MD, author Another Day in the Frontal Lobe: A Brain Surgeon Exposes Life on the Inside
Even as a little kid, Dr. Q dreamed really big dreams, and no matter what the obstacles, he never gave up. I know firsthand that if you don’t dream it, you can’t become it. Now as a man, not only has he become it, but even more importantly, he is helping others to realize their dreams. Young people around the world will identify with and be motivated by Dr. Q’s story. This book is a slam dunk! Rock on, Dr. Q! Rock on!” Jason McElwain, author of The Game of My Life
This is a poignant and timely story that needs to be told. Dr. Q is a heroic and resilient man, whose odyssey should make it more difficult for pundits and others to demonize immigrants from Mexico and Central America. He goes far beyond his obvious technical abilities as a surgeon and demonstrates what an exemplary human being he ismodest, intelligent, and compassionate.”
Paul R. Linde, MD, author of Danger to Self: On the Front Line with an ER Psychiatrist
More About the Author
Today he is known as Dr. Q, an internationally renowned neurosurgeon and neuroscientist who leads cutting edge research to cure brain cancer. Named as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in 2008, Dr. Q was also selected by Popular Science magazine as one of their 6th Annual Brilliant Ten-in their search for young genius influencing the course of science. Among his extensive publications in the medical field, Dr. Q is the lead editor for the upcoming edition of Schmidek and Sweet's Operative Neurosurgical Techniques, the world's preeminent encyclopedia of neurosurgery.
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. He has received R01 funding from the National Institute of Health for his work with stem cells and cancer and his awards include also grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Physician-Scientist Early Career Award, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Maryland Stem Cell Foundation.
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Top Customer Reviews
I came to know Dr. Alfredo-Quinones-Hinojosa a/k/a/ Dr. Q on February 3, 2009 after finding out that I had a brain tumor late December of 2008. When Dr. Q walked into the room there was a bright light emanating from him that assured both me and my husband that we had found the right Doctor for us to have managed my care. He not only reassured me that he would do his best to help me, but he also assured my husband that he would help us both by doing the best he could.
Just like his fierce determination to come to the United States to find a better life for not only himself, but for his whole family, Dr. Q has made his life's goal to find a cure for the abominable disease known as Brain Cancer just as vehement.
It has been both an honor and a pleasure to be associated with a doctor whose fervent goal is not only the eradication of brain cancer, but the high demand he makes of himself not only to be a good doctor, but a magnificent person in general. Dr. Q takes this journey of his life above and beyond the likes of anyone else you will ever know. Read his story to find out why we patients love him so much! I am now, more than ever more adamant about my ability to do what I can to help him in his cause.
For an illegal immigrant who gained his citizenship through an amnesty program of President Reagan's to achieve what he achieved by age 40 defies belief.
This can be read from many different points of view. One is the importance of an opportunity and what this country can gain when people have an opportunity. Today Dr.Q provides invaluable research into the causes of brain cancer;saves lives with his surgical skill; provides meaningful employment for dozens of people and generates millions of dollars in revenue for his work. He is a remarkable man. You should take the opportunity to meet him.
I just finished reading this much anticipated autobiography. On the surface 'BECOMING DR. Q.' is a Very Interesting Book about how an energetic, strong-willed young fellow from Mexico became the admired, energetic, and respected Dr. Q. at Johns Hopkins. The truth is... he followed his calling.
Alfredo did what all of us should do...listen. Not the divide between two great countries could stop him. He listened to God's calling and he acted upon his words!!! I know this for a fact...and I'll briefly explain. My wife and I first met Dr. Q. in 2008 when the door opened to our examination room at Johns Hopkins. We were both scared to death as I needed a brain tumor removed ASAP. I had a terrible headache, my vision was blurred, and we had just driven 250 miles for the appointment. Oh, and Quinones...how did the nurse pronounce his name??? I felt embarrassed too. I forgot his name right before the door opened.
He shook our hands. "Mr. Kressley, and you must be the beautiful Mrs. Kressley" he said." I am Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa but you can call me Dr. Q." At that moment words can not even explain the peace he brought to us. At that moment I knew he was the surgeon for me. God told me.
We all hugged each other after our meeting and do so to this day. I always wondered how he became a doctor in the United States. Now I know.
I read the book slowly because I didn't want it to end. I recommend it to everyone. It is such a Wonderful Feel-Good Story!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm sure Dr. Q is fantastic when dealing with his patients, but you need a certain kind of ego to write an autobiography while at this author's stage. Read morePublished 1 month ago by AP
An excellent, fast read because it's interesting and straight forward.Published 1 month ago by Geri Cooper
Becoming Dr. Q is extremely well-written, with humility and frank observations. Great read for anyone, and should be required reading for med students or anyone considering a... Read morePublished 5 months ago by picky shopper
This is the most inspiring story that I have ever read. It is a must-read for everyone because Dr. Q truly shows us all that nothing is impossible if we work hard and want to make... Read morePublished 7 months ago by K. Smith