Southern Vermont College Trustees Welcome Renowned Johns Hopkins Neurosurgeon Quiñones-Hinojosa to Board

December 14, 2011

The Board of Trustees at Southern Vermont College appointed Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Oncology and Director of the Johns Hopkins Pituitary Tumor Center, to its Board, effective immediately. A migrant farmer from Mexico who spent his days in the fields of the San Joaquin Valley and went to community college at night, Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa later graduated with honors from Harvard Medical School and has become a leader in the field of neurosurgery, oncology and stem cell research.

“We are honored that Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa has accepted our invitation to join the SVC Board of Trustees,” stated Board Chair Deborah Wiley. “He is an inspiring physician, teacher, researcher and role model. His life-story and his successes enable generations of students to see the power of the possible. We look forward to working together in the coming years.”
Dr. Q, as he is known to his students and patients, addressed the Southern Vermont College graduating class this past May, urging the students to “find the steel in your soul…that determination and resilience within you and no matter what, keep moving forward.” His inspiring story, which has been featured in the national media including The New York Times, National Public Radio, The Today Show and Public Broadcasting series NOVA, has been documented in his book, “Becoming Dr. Q: My Journey from Migrant Farm Worker to Brain Surgeon.”

“Dr. Q brings wisdom and experience—in life and in healthcare —to our Board,” said SVC President Karen Gross. “From his time here on campus, we know that he is deeply engaged by and understanding of SVC's mission, particularly in light of his own pathway to success. He will work tirelessly to help us help our students succeed.”

Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa is an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Neuroscience, Oncology and Cellular and Molecular Medicine, the Director of the Brain Tumor Stem Cell Laboratory and the Neuro-Oncology Surgical Outcomes Laboratory at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Director of the John Hopkins Pituitary Center, and the Director of the Brain Tumor Program at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. After receiving his medical degree from Harvard, Dr. Q completed his residency in neurosurgery at the University of California, San Francisco. He then pursued a postdoctoral fellowship in developmental and stem cell biology, which brought him to Johns Hopkins.

He was named as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in 2008, and was also selected by Popular Science magazine as one of their 6th Annual Brilliant Ten—in their search for a young genius influencing the course of science. He received the 2008 National Leadership in Science and Medicine Award by the Merage Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. Dr. Q has been awarded many prestigious grants, including an NIH R01 grant for his work with stem cells.