Noted Neurosurgeon to Discuss Diversity in Medicine

Jan. 8, 2013

Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, M.D., will give the second annual Tana Grady-Weliky, M.D. Lecture on Women and Diversity in Medicine from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, in the Class of ’62 Auditorium at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

The talk, titled, “When the Sun Comes Up,” will address the disparities in access to health care and challenges faced by the changing demographics of the United States. “Dr. Q” as he is known from his memoir Becoming Dr. Q, is uniquely qualified to discuss changing populations – his own background is that of a young migrant farm worker who went on to a distinguished career as a brain surgeon.

The talk is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the talk in the LeChase Auditorium. Quiñones-Hinojosa will also be available to sign copies of his book during the reception. To register for the lecture, please contact Grace Fuller at

The lecture is sponsored by the School of Medicine and Dentistry Office for Diversity, Office of Medical Education and the Department of Psychiatry.

About Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, M.D.

Quiñones-Hinojosa is professor of Neurological Surgery and Oncology, Neuroscience and Cellular and Molecular Medicine; director, Brain Tumor Surgery Program, Johns Hopkins Bayview; and director, Pituitary Surgery Program, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins University, Department of Neurosurgery. He completed his residency in neurosurgery at the University of California, San Francisco, where he also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in developmental and stem cell biology.

Quiñones-Hinojosa leads cutting-edge research to cure brain cancer. His work focuses on understanding the role of stem cells in the origin of brain tumors and the potential role stem cells can play in fighting brain cancer and regaining neurological function. In the Brain Tumor Stem Cell Laboratory, his work focuses on the surgical treatment of brain tumors, with an emphasis on motor and speech mapping during surgery, as well as on the treatment of patients with pituitary and skull-base tumors using transphenoidal, endonasal and minimally invasive surgical approaches.

Quiñones-Hinojosa has appeared in the ABC series Hopkins, and on such shows as NOVA, CNN with Sanjay Gupta, CBS News with Katie Couric, NBC's The Today Show, as well as on National Public Radio. He has frequently been listed as one of the Best Doctors in America and America’s Top Surgeons, as well as Baltimore Top Docs. 

About the Tana Grady-Weliky, M.D. Lecture

The lecture is named for the late Dr. Tana Grady-Weliky, who died in January 2011. She was associate dean for medical education at Duke University School of Medicine from 1996 to 1998. She became associate dean for undergraduate medical education at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1998, and served as the School’s senior associate dean for medical education from 2002 to 2005.