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Today he is known as Dr. Q, an internationally renowned neurosurgeon and neuroscientist who leads cutting-edge research to cure brain cancer. But not too long ago, he was Freddy, a nineteen-year-old undocumented migrant worker toiling in the tomato fields of central California.  In this gripping memoir, Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa tells his amazing life story―from his impoverished childhood in the tiny village of Palaco, Mexico, to his harrowing border crossing and his transformation from illegal immigrant to American citizen and gifted student at the University of California at Berkeley and at Harvard Medical School.

“Neural stem cells have the capacity to generate all of the multiple cell types found in the brain and spinal cord, thus, they have the potential to repair tissue injured by trauma or disease. The Guest Editors are researchers and clinicians who have done extensive work on human neural stem cells and the regeneration of neural cells in the brain. This issue of the Neurosurgery Clinics discusses embryonic and adult neural stem cells and their role in brain tumors, neurorestoration, trauma, and stroke”

Wherever, whenever, or however you need it, unmatched procedural guidance is at your fingertips with the new edition of Schmidek & Sweet: Operative Neurosurgical Techniques! Completely revised under the auspices of new editor-chief Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, this comprehensive medical reference examines indications, operative techniques, complications, and results for nearly every neurosurgical procedure. Full-color illustrations, 21 new chapters, internationally-acclaimed contributors, surgical videos, and online access make it a “must have” for today’s practitioner.

Alfredo Quióones-Hinojosa went from moving irrigation canals and picking tomatoes to fighting brain cancer. This endearing story, told in a first-person account, describes the journey: It takes us to his childhood in a tiny village in Baja California, Mexico, to neurosurgery research at the celebrated school and hospital, Johns Hopkins. The path starts with his childhood dreams, including how to dominate the workings of Kalimán (a comic book character), and to travel to distant worlds; and what takes place in the back-breaking work in the fields and railroads on the other.

“Core Techniques in Operative Neurosurgery provides step-by-step guidance to help you effectively manage the full range of cranial and spinal neurosurgical disorders. Drs. Rahul Jandial, Paul McCormick, and Peter Black offer their expertise and experience in consistent chapters that cover the indications and contraindications, pitfalls, tips and tricks, and more for each procedure. With access to the full text and procedural videos online at, you’ll have everything you need to minimize risk and get the best results.”

Because of tremendous advancements in research, neurosurgical oncology has become increasingly complex, and it is imperative that physicians have scientific evidence to guide and defend their decision making as they strive to provide the best patient care. Controversies in Neuro-Oncology: Best Evidence Medicine for Brain Tumor Surgery, written by world-renowned experts, is a comprehensive guide that compiles, synthesizes, and summarizes the most relevant scientific literature available in neurosurgical oncology. It provides objective recommendations based on the data found in the literature, giving physicians the information they need to make fully informed treatment decisions.

“A concise resource covering innovative and conventional approaches to skull base lesions. This book combines years of practical experience of leading skull base surgeons from high-volume international centers. It brings the world of endoscopic and open base surgery together, highlighting the strengths of each approach in the management of selected skull base lesions.
An in-depth treatise on imaging and pathology of the skull base is provided to set the framework for a foundational understanding of common skull base disease processes. Minimal access through natural cranial opening and potential secondary windows through the nose, orbit and oral cavity is presented to expand the versatility of the modern-day skull base surgical team.”

Video Atlas of Neurosurgery: Contemporary Tumor and Skull Base Surgery is a unique resource that consists of 40 procedural videos and a concise companion book to reinforce your understanding of the material. Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa brings together a group of outstanding faculty, residents, and fellows lead by Dr. Jordina Rincon-Torroella, who carefully designed, assembled, and edited each chapter. The videos are enhanced through the inclusion of intraoperative photos, anatomical dissections, outstanding anatomical drawings, and animations that detail key steps and provide the experience of viewing a real-time surgery. Whether consulted together or independently of each other, the video and print content deliver all of the expert knowledge you need for effectively planning and understanding tumor and skull base surgeries.

“Neural Stem Cells in the Adult Brain: From Benchside to Clinic” is a special edition article that Dr. Quinones co-authored for Stem Cells International. “This special compilation of paper was aimed to provide a global forum for publications of original peer-reviewed manuscripts that reported original research findings in the field of adult neural stem cell, including short communications, full-length research, and review articles” (Neural Stem Cells in the Adult Brain).

“Comprehensive Overview of Modern Surgical Approaches to Intrinsic Brain Tumorsaddresses limitations in the scientific literature by focusing primarily on surgical approaches to various intrinsic neoplasms using diagrams and step-by-step instructions. It provides the advantages and disadvantages of these approaches, controversies, and technical considerations and discusses topics such as anatomy, pathology and animal models, imaging, open brain tumor approaches and minimally invasive approaches. Additionally, it discusses controversial treatments and the pros and cons of each. This book is a valuable source for medical students, neurosurgeons and any healthcare provider who has an interest in brain tumors and techniques to treat them.”

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Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa
Mayo Clinic, Florida
4500 San Pablo Rd.
Jacksonville, FL 32224
Office: 904-956-3435
Fax: 904-953-7233

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