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Becoming Dr. Q: My Journey from Migrant Farm Worker to Brain Surgeon Paperback – 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
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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.
I would highly recommend this book. For those of you who might have had negative experiences with doctors, this book will lift your spirits. Dr. Q is the kind of doctor everyone should have.
The book is well written, reads very fast (I read the book in a day and a half) and is truly a remarkable story. The American dream has been achieved by Dr. Q though his passion lies in finding a cure for brain cancer. I am convinced that he will win a Nobel Prize someday for finding a cure for brain cancer. He will not rest until a cure is found.
I always wanted to know more about Dr. Q besides what the media was publishing, and after reading his book, I am amazed of his life story. Dr. Q poured out his heart and soul in this book, he told the raw truth without hiding any detail about his life, and I loved that trait. During my journey reading this book, I cried and then laughed at the stories, Dr. Q is an authentic mexican man that does not feel ashamed of showing his ethnicity on his writing.
I can identify 100% with his story of growing up in Mexico dealing with poverty and injustice. Some people don't understand why we mexicans have to risk our lives jumping over fences, they think that we come here to take other peoples' jobs, but this couldn't be farther from the truth. We come to this country with only one goal in mind; to work and be able to feed our families. Dr. Q is a gifted man and he was able to get as high as someone can aspire to go in the medical profession, he did this through his own sweat and hard work, it shows that everything is possible in this country.
Dr. Q: Thank you for sharing your life and the life of your patients, family and friends with us, this book will impact many lives in the near future. Thank you for taking the time to mentor other people, you are a great role model for the hispanic community.
Thank you for fighting against brain cancer so ferosciously, I see a nobel prize in the future.
Dr. Q's story is not complete, this book is just the beginning of a journey that will continue for many years. I expect other books to come soon.
This book is worth more than what I paid for it, it is a jewel that I will lend to other people so they can too enjoy it.
Bravo Dr. Q!!!
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