La Voz Spotlight: Dr. Alfredo Quiñones

Over 25 years ago Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa crossed the border from Mexico and moved to the United States where he worked as a farmworker in San Joaquin Valley. Today, Quiñones-Hinojosa is a neurosurgeon at John Hopkins Schools of Medicine, one of the most prestigious medical schools in the country.

The eldest of five children, Quiñones-Hinojosa came from a working family who like many were hit hard when Mexico’s economy collapsed in the 1970s. Dire circumstances pushed him North to the United States where he worked on a ranch to support his family.

Quiñones-Hinojosa picked cotton, tomatoes and cantaloupes, and lived in the fields in a broken-down camper that he bought for $300. After multiple close calls at work that threatened his safety, Alfredo realized he wanted more in life. He signed up for English classes at a local community college where he was encouraged to further pursue his education at the University of California, Berkeley.

Quiñones-Hinojosa was accepted to Berkeley on scholarship, and it was there that he developed his passion for science. Quiñones-Hinojosa’s dedication and drive further led him to Harvard Medical School. It was during the beginning of his medical school education that Quiñones-Hinojosa also received his U.S. citizenship.

Today, Quiñones-Hinojosa is a renowned neurosurgeon who not only offers the highest level of care to patients, but also conducts imperative research that allows others to further their efforts to save lives.

Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa‘s story originates like that of many immigrants in this country. Defying expectations with the help of supporters and the determination to be more, Quiñones-Hinojosa’s now serves as the embodiment of the American Dream.