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Stockton, CA 95207

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Diana Slawson
Director of Special Programs
(209) 954-5027

For Immediate Release
                                    "From Migrant Farm Worker to Brain Surgeon"
                                                 Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa
    Internationally Recognized Brain Surgeon - Johns Hopkins University

                                                      Coming to Delta College!
Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa at Delta College, Atherton Auditorium, Oct. 8.
In his new powerful book, “Becoming Dr. Q: My Journey from Migrant Farm Worker to Brain Surgeon,” Dr. Alfred Quinones-Hinojosa tells his compelling story of an illegal immigrant from Mexico. After years as a farm worker, he saved up enough money to attend San Joaquin Delta College and eventually become a US citizen.

Today, he is known as "Dr. Q" an internationally renowned neurosurgeon and neuroscientist who leads cutting-edge research to cure brain cancer. Dr. Quinones-Hinojosa performs 250 brain tumor surgeries a year at Johns Hopkins University...but not too long ago, he was Freddy, a nineteen-year-old undocumented migrant worker toiling in the tomato fields of Central California.

Dr. Q will share his amazing life story – from his impoverished childhood in the tiny village of Palaco, Mexico, to his harrowing border crossing and transformation from illegal immigrant to American citizen, gifted student at the University of California at Berkeley and Harvard Medical School. His story is packed with adventure, adversity and a few terrifying brushes with death. The story of Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa is a testament to persistence, hard work, the power of hope and pursuit of excellence. Ultimately, it is the story about the importance of family, mentors, and how education can change lives.

Copies of Dr. Quinones-Hinojosa's book will be available for purchase at the event.
For more information, contact Diana Slawson, 209-954-5027,

    Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa
                                    Renowned Brain Surgeon, Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa

Dr. Quinones-Hinojosa at Delta College, 1990.
     Dr. Quinones-Hinojosa is a graduate of San Joaquin Delta College, shown here at Delta in 1990.

Dr. Quinones-Hinojosa's Farm Home, 1987-88.
                                        Dr. Quinones-Hinojosa's farm home - 1987-88.


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