Neurosurgeon

Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa M.D.

Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, known by his patients as Dr. Q, received his undergraduate from UC Berkeley and earned his medical degree from Harvard with Honors. He did his residency at the University of California San Francisco, and currently works at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland. His titles include Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery, Associate Professor of Oncology, Director of the Brain Tumor Surgery Program at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, and Director of the Pituitary Surgery Program at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Q also oversees two labs in his efforts to discover the ability of stem cells to fight brain cancer. In his free time Dr. Q enjoys mentoring, training for his half-marathon fund raiser run, and spending time with his wife and three kids.

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Neurosurgery Residents and Fellows

Kaisorn Chaichana M.D.

Kaisorn Chaichana, currently a neurosurgery resident at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, is completing a year-long research fellowship funded by the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA). Kaisorn received his B.S. in 2003 from the University of Utah and majored in Biology. Kaisorn joined the Brain Tumor Stem Cell Lab in June 2006. He is interested in studying the effects of epidermal growth factor (EGF) on the migration of normal neural stem cell and tumor stem cell migration. In addition, he is trying to determine the phenotype of the invading brain tumor cells that make brain tumors resistant to treatment.

Recipient:

•The Paul Ehrlich Young Investigator's Day Award
•The Henry Strong Dension Student Research Award

Jordina Rincon-Torroella M.D.

Jordina first joined Dr. Quiñones’s team in March of 2012 during her sub-internship at the Department of Neurosurgery. Jordina received her medical degree from the University of Barcelona, Hospital Clínic in February 2013. She joined us again in July 2013 and is currently working as a content developer for various neurosurgical books that will be groundbreaking in the field of neurosurgery as the "Comprehensive Multimedia Video Atlas of Skull Base Surgery and Tumors" and the upcoming "Schmidek and Sweet neurosurgical handbook." She is also involved in various research projects as part of Dr. Quinones´ team.

Jordina will start a neuro-oncology research fellowship with us in 2014 sponsored by the Fundació "La Caixa." Her research interest are tumorgenesis, the treatment of high-grade gliomas and surgical approaches to skull base lesions.

Grants and sponsors:

Fundació Riera i Gubau scholarship for clinical rotations at the US (Government of Catalonia) - 2012
Fundació Pedro i Pons scholarship for research projects at the US (University of Barcelona) - 2013
Sponsored by Elsevier as a video-editor for the book "Comprehensive multimedia video-atlas of skull base surgery and tumors"

Eva F. Pamias-Portalatín M.D.

Eva is a fifth year neurosurgery resident at the University of Puerto Rico Medical Science Campus. She received her B.S. from the University of Puerto Rico with a major in Biology, and later completed medical school at the University of Monterrey, in NL. México, graduating in the top third in her class. Afterward, she did a sub-internship year at Methodist Health Care System in San Antonio, Texas. Eva has always been interested in brain tumors; in particular, the still unexplained aggressive behavior of Glioblastoma Multiforme.
Currently Eva is doing a postdoctoral research fellowship in neuro-oncology with us. Her research interest is to study the migratory capacity of high-grade gliomas and the different surgical approaches to skull base lesions. Currently she is assisting with the development of the book "Comprehensive Multimedia Video Atlas of Skull Base Surgery and Tumors”.

Eva is funded by the University of Puerto Rico Medical Science Campus.

Karim ReFaey M.D.

Karim earned his medical degree from Ain Shans University in Cairo, Egypt in February 2014, and shortly thereafter joined Dr. Quinones’ team as a visiting student for three months. In August 2014, Karim returned to the team and began working as a post-doctoral fellow where he now investigates the ways in which mesenchymal fat cells are able to fight brain tumors when they are packaged with anti-cancerous drugs and delivered to brain tumor cells as a “Trojan horse.”

Currently Karim is working on several chapters and neurosurgical videos for Dr. Q’s prospective edition of Schmidek and Sweet, and in his free time serves a member of the Health Egyptians Organization, an NGO that combats the lack of health education in Egypt. Karim also enjoys swimming and has competed professionally at both the national and international level, earning himself titles in both spheres.

Tito Vivas Buitrago M.D.

Tito first joined Dr. Quiñones' team in May of 2014 as a medical student finishing his last sub-internship rotation for a period of 6 months. He also did part of his sub-internship at The Naval Force Hospital in Cartagena and The Comuneros Hospital in Bucaramanga. Tito received his medical degree from the University of Santander in Bucaramanga, Colombia in 2014.

He is currently working with the team as a post-doctoral fellow helping elucidate the behavior of remanent GBM cells after surgical resection in the recurrence of brain lesions. Tito is also assisting in the development of the upcoming neurosurgical textbook, Comprehensive Multimedia Video Atlas of Skull Base Surgery and Tumors. He is also involved in various research projects as part of Dr. Quiñones’ team.

Tito is funded by the Universidad de Santander, Colombia and the Neurotrauma Center I.P.S.

Omar Antonio Pérez-Morales M.D.

Omar joined Dr. Quiñones' team in March of 2015. Omar is a Major Medical Military Surgeon at the Secretariat of National Defense in Mexico and currently in his last year of Neurosurgery residency at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in the Juarez of Mexico Hospital. He enrolled in the army in September of 1999 and obtained his Medical Degree from the Military Medical School with Honors for his professional thesis, completing his internship and postgraduate internship at the Military Central Hospital in 2007. He entered into the general surgery residency in 2009 and in 2011, entered the Neurosurgery residency. Currently his is completing a postdoctoral research fellowship in Neuro-Oncology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His primary research interest is to study and understand the diversity of skull base tumors and the variety of surgical approaches to skull base lesions. Currently he is assisting with the development of the book "Comprehensive Multimedia Video Atlas of Skull Base Surgery and Tumors”. Omar has also completed many military courses, including the Special Forces course and parachuting. In his free time Omar greatly enjoys sports and particularly soccer.

Alejandro Rodarte Rascon

Alejandro Rodarte is currently a visiting medical student at The Johns Hopkins Hospital since April 2015. M.D. He is an M.D. candidate from Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education School of Medicine. His previous research experience includes a collaboration at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. His current interests include the study of brain tumors and understanding the multiple surgical techniques in the field of neurosurgery. He is collaborating with the team to develop specific brain and spine tumor databases, which will be integral to understanding the clinical patterns of brain tumors. He collaborates with Dr. Q and his team in research to ensure the promise of excellent patient care that Dr. Q is renowned for.

Oscar Garcia Valencia

Oscar García is a Medical Student at Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education School of Medicine in Mexico. Currently he is doing a Sub-internship Rotation at The Johns Hopkins Hospital with Dr. Q. He has been working with the team since April 2015. His current areas of interest include brain and spine surgery especially in understanding the pathophysiology and the molecular basis for the progression and migration capacity of high-grade brain tumors and the surgical aspects of their treatment. He is working with the team in the development and analysis of Central Nervous System tumors databases in order to establish a continuity of excellent care that will improve our current understanding on his behavior and outcomes. He also enjoys reading and playing sports. He is an active part of Dr. Q and his team’s research, collaborating with the neurosurgical team to give every patient the best medical care in the most humanitarian way.

Medical Office Supervisor

Maurisha White

Maurisha has been with Johns Hopkins since 1998. Her primary responsibilities include scheduling surgeries and maintaining Dr. Quinones' meeting and travel calendar. In her spare time Maurisha enjoys spending time with her family, faith based activities and working with disadvantaged youth. Maurisha serves as the President of a non-profit organization. She is the founder of a Youth after school program that serves between 350-500 kids per month. Maurisha enjoys the work she does with the girls group she established called “Uniquely Designed Me”.

Medical Office Coordinator

Tasha Leak

Tasha Leak currently serves as the Medical Office Coordinator for Dr. Quinones-Hinojosa at both Johns Hopkins Hospital and Bayview Hospital. Tasha obtained her B.S in Interdisciplinary Studies and will be pursuing her Master’s at the University of Maryland for Health Services Administration (HLSA) Fall of 2014. Tasha's major responsibilities include greeting patients, scheduling patient appointments, scheduling operation dates and times, handling scheduling questions from physicians and patients, and assisting the medical staff in other ways. She is a dedicated member of Dr.Quinones-Hinojosa's medical team.

Senior Administrative Coordinator

Colleen Hickson

Colleen has been part of the Q Team since 2009, working as Dr. Q’s Senior Administrative Coordinator. In part, she assists with research grants, philanthropic efforts, publications and maintaining his website and social media. Colleen graduated from Towson University in 2001, where she majored in Psychology. In her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her friends and family, especially her young children.

Director of Patient Outreach

Eric Weaver

Eric joined Dr. Quinones’s team in November of 2014 after receiving his B.A. in Neuroscience from Oberlin College. He has worked at the Johns Hopkins Bayview outpatient clinic Creative Alternatives since 2010, where he helped patients gain access to educational services, employment, and housing while developing an interest in urban health and clinical medicine. As Director of Patient Outreach, Eric helps educate patients and families on ways in which they can get involved in our quest for a cure, coordinates fundraising events, and writes about patient stories and our lab's research to a general audience through our website and social media.

Neurosurgery Resident Alumni

Class of

Name

Match

2013
Geoffrey Colbyi
Faculty, Johns Hopkins University
2013
Shaan Raza
Fellow, Neurosurgical Oncology, MD Anderson Cancer Center
2013
Pablo Recinos
Fellow, Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery, UNC Chapel Hill
2012
Chetan Bettegowda
Faculty, Johns Hopkins University
2012
Gustavo Pradilla
Fellow, Cerebrovascular/Skull Base Surgery, University of Miami
2012
Graeme Woodworth
Faculty, University of Maryland
2011
Michael Dorsi
Fellow, Spine Neurosurgery, UCLA
2011
Michael Dorsi
Fellow, Spine Neurosurgery, UCLA
2011
Wesley Hsu
Faculty, Wake Forest University
2011
Ryan Kretzer
Faculty, Johns Hopkins University
2010
Alexander Coon
Faculty, Johns Hopkins University
2010
Matthew McGirt
Faculty, Vanderbilt University
2010
James Frazier
Private Practice, Baltimore, MD
2009
Clinton Baird
Private Practice, Tulsa, OK
2009
Violette Renard
Faculty, Cleveland Clinic
2009
Daniel Sciubba
Faculty, Johns Hopkins University
2008
W. Stanley Anderson
Faculty, Johns Hopkins University
2008
James Conway
Staff Neurosurgeon, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
2007
Carlos Bagley
Faculty, Duke University
2007
Gary Gallia
Faculty, Johns Hopkins University
2007
Christopher Lawson
Private Practice, Baltimore, MD
2006
Michael Schlosser
Private Practice, Nashville, TN
2006
Jacob Schwarz
Private Practice, Nashville, TN
2006
Quoc-Anh Thai
Faculty, University of Texas, Houston

 

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