Becoming Dr. Q

Becoming Dr. Q

My Journey From Migrant Farm Worker to Brain Surgeon

Book - 2011
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Tells the life story of Alfredo Qui©łones-Hinojosa from impoverished childhood in a tiny village in Mexico to illegal immigrant, American citizen, student at the University of California, on to Harvard Medical School, and becoming an internationally renowned neurosurgeon.
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, c2011
Description: 317 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780520271180
Branch Call Number: 617.48092 Qui
Additional Contributors: Rivas, Mim Eichler.


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May 03, 2017

Currently reading book and for what I can tell you its like watching a lifetime movie. One questions such resilience due to extreme hardships and obstacles. Once one brings fantasy differentiate from reality and yet its a product of non-fictional character. Its inspiring and warmth feeling of hope.

College of Marin, in Novato and Kentfield, California, chose this inspiring autobiography as our very first college-wide book this past academic year. It was a success, since many people, especially Latina/o students and ESL students, were moved by his amazing story. Dr. Q is a very generous and kind person, and community college made a huge difference in his life. Please see videos and other resources related to this book at

Sep 22, 2013

Dr. Quinones-Hinojosa sums it all up simply, “my less-than-conventional journey, the story of a little boy from Mexico who had been encouraged to be the architect of his own destiny”. What he shares in Becoming Dr. Q is how he came to be who he is today: an internationally renowned neurosurgeon and neuroscientist who leads the search to cure brain cancer while at the same time holding onto his heritage as the son of a hard-working and poor gas station owner and grandson of a natural healer. Dr. Q details his life from his youth without opportunity in Mexico to his time working as a young adult in the fields and cleaning out tank cars at the rail yards in the United States, to learning English and then his education to be a neurosurgeon. Dr. Q’s story is one of dogged determination, of creating opportunity where none would be found and creating a life for one’s family. This is a book for anyone who has a dream, is dealing with a hardship, or looking for motivation. Dr. Q’s story will help get readers through the hard times. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a true tale of hope and inspiration.

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