Our Honoree

Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach’s

2024 Rock of the Community

Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, M.D.

William J. and Charles H. Mayo Endowed Professor
Monica Flynn Jacoby Endowed Chair
Chair of the Neurological Surgery Department
James C. and Sarah K. Kennedy Dean of Research

Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, also known as “Dr. Q,” serves as Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery and the Dean of Research at Mayo Clinic Florida. Dr. Q leads the Brain Tumor Stem Cell Laboratory, where he has been recognized with the distinction of the William J. and Charles H. Mayo Endowed Professorship as well as the Monica Flynn Jacoby Endowed Chair for his research in brain cancer. He was recently named the James C. and Sarah K. Kennedy Dean of Research and charged with the vision to lead Mayo Clinic in Florida to the next frontier in research, innovation and translation of care and therapies for patients.

Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa earned his B.A., with honors, in psychology from the University of California–Berkeley and then obtained his M.D., cum laude, from Harvard Medical School. He completed his neurosurgery residency and a postdoctoral fellowship in developmental and stem cell biology at the University of California, San Francisco in 2005. His career as a neurosurgeon started in 2005 at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where he was promptly named as Professor of Neurosurgery and Oncology and served as the director of the Brain Tumor Program until 2016, when he was recruited to the Mayo Clinic in Florida.

Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa’s practice focuses on the treatment of primary and metastatic brain tumors. He is a world-renowned leader in brain mapping techniques utilized to safely remove tumors close to eloquent brain regions and in minimally invasive endoscopic approaches required to operate on difficult-to-reach skull base tumors. Dr. Q uses his laboratory as an extension of the operating room, and together with his team of scientists, they look to better understand and elucidate multiple molecular drivers of brain cancer migration, invasion, metabolism and determinants of the tumor microenvironment. Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa’s work has led to several clinical trials where the knowledge of the laboratory is being directly applied to patients. His work has also led to many patents and several start-up companies. One of the other current clinical projects involves using mesenchymal stem cells for the treatment of glioblastoma—using fat to fight brain cancer and engineering those stem cells from fat with nanoparticles that he and his team have also patented and allowed him to start the company Dome Therapeutics. As of 2023, Dr. Q has founded three other companies based on the technology he and his team created (filed more than 25 patents) to extend the reach of these discoveries to more patients around the world.

Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa has written seven books about brain cancer and neurosurgery that have been translated to multiple languages including Spanish and Chinese. He has published over 600 peer-reviewed publications and currently holds an H-index of 88 – demonstrating a tremendous impact in the literature around the globe. Dr. Q is regarded as one of the most prolific scientists and brain surgeons in the world. His research is supported by the National Institute of Health (NIH), where he was appointed in the board of scientific counselors and currently also serves as the chair of the Clinical Neuroimmunology and Brain Tumors (CNBT) Study Section.

Over the last 15 years, Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa has mentored more than 300 post-graduate students and neurosurgery residents, who are currently working as faculty and leaders in prestigious institutions of the United States such as Harvard, Johns Hopkins, MD Anderson, UCSF, as well as other institutions around the world in Mexico, Spain, Panama, England, and many others.

Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa has received many honors and awards in recognition of his work. He has been named one of the 100 most influential Hispanics for several years, as the recipient of the Gary Lichtenstein Humanitarian Award and Neurosurgeon of the Year in 2014, and one of Mexico’s most brilliant minds in the world by Forbes Magazine in 2015. Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa is the recipient of the prestigious Charles B. Wilson Award granted by the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) in 2021 due to his meritorious career in neurosurgery and also serves as the current International vice-chair of the AANS/CNS Tumor Section.

Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa has also received multiple honoris causa degrees from several institutions around the globe, including Southern Vermont College, Lackawanna College, Dominican University, University of Notre Dame, Loyola University, and others in countries like Mexico, Ecuador and Peru. Apart from his clinical and research activities, he is the co-founder and president of the global non-profit organization Mission:BRAIN (Bridging Resources and Advancing International Neurosurgery; Mission:BRAIN) which serves many patients throughout 25+ countries and with over 85+ active chapters throughout the globe constantly helping patients in need and giving hope.

Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa has published his inspirational autobiography, “Becoming Dr. Q,” which recounts his journey from a migrant farmworker to a neurosurgeon. Part of Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa life was included in the 2009 Peabody Award-winning ABC TV Series “Hopkins” and the 2021 EMMY/ BAFTA Award-winning show “The Surgeon’s Cut,” produced by the BBC/Netflix. Disney and Plan B Entertainment productions announced that his inspirational life story will also be featured in theaters. For more information please visit (a) Doctor Q., M.D. (b) Mayo Clinic Bios, Dr. Q.