Monday, December 31, 2007
The life of Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa is a classic American dream. Twenty years ago, he hopped a fence from Mexico into the United States and became a migrant farmworker. Today, he is a neurosurgeon and professor at Johns Hopkins University, and a researcher who is looking for a breakthrough in the treatment of brain cancer.
Quinones-Hinojosa's remarkable journey began in a tiny farming community, 60 miles south of the U.S. border, where he was born there. By age 5, he was working at his father's gas station. His grandmother was a village healer and a midwife.
A graduate of UC Berkeley and Harvard Medical School, Quiñones-Hinojosa has been named to Popular Science Magazine's annual Brilliant 10 list.
In sum, Quiñones-Hinojosa began his life in American as an undocumented immigrant farm worker who was able to legalize. He later naturalized and became a U.S. citizen. He searches for a cure for brain cancer.
NPR did a wonderful story about Quinones-Hinojosa, which includes an interview.