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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Clinical Instructor

Dr. Jasvinder Nangiana

Dr. Nangiana earned his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley. He graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Molecular Biology and completed his honors thesis research in Biochemistry at the California Institute of Technology. He received his medical degree from Stanford University and finished his residency in Neurological Surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Nangiana has been the recipient of numerous awards and national recognitions, and has the distinction of obtaining the highest national score on the Neurosurgery written board examination. He joined the Neurosurgery department at Johns Hopkins University as a clinical instructor in July of 2015 with a focus in Neuro-oncology and skull base tumors. He is interested in developing novel therapies for brain tumors through translational research and application of emerging technologies.

Neurosurgery Residents and Fellows

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 is working with us as a neuro-oncology research fellow since 2013 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"

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.

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 Coordinators

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.

Susy Meyer

Susy has been with Johns Hopkins since 2011. She joined Dr. Q’s team in January 2016 as a Senior Administrative Coordinator. Her primary responsibilities include coordinating travel arrangements, international conferences, agendas, data base management, and assist the team with the planning of missions. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing to latin music and spending time with her family and friends.

Director of Patient Outreach

Carla Vázquez-Ramos

Carla joined Dr. Quinones’s team in June of 2015 after receiving her B.S. in Neuroscience and certificate in Pre-Health from Dickinson College. She was a student-athlete and served as a team captain for Dickinson's Swimming Team. She worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital as a volunteer and served as an intern at the Northwestern Human Services Carlisle Autism School. As Director of Patient Outreach, Carla 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

Undergraduate Students

Nicole Michelson

Nicole Michelson is a third year Johns Hopkins University undergraduate majoring in Neuroscience. She joined Dr. Quinones’ team in the summer of 2014, and currently leads a study to assess the effects of various social determinants on health outcomes in brain tumor patients. She is also a research assistant in Dr. John Laterra’s neuro-oncology lab, where she works alongside Hernando Lopez-Bertoni to investigate the role of micro-RNAs and gene expression in brain tumor stemness. In her free time, Nicole enjoys taking part in community outreach initiatives in the Baltimore community.

Tiffany Eatz

Tiffany Eatz is a third year Johns Hopkins University undergraduate, pre-MD/PhD, triple majoring in Neuroscience, Writing Seminars, and Medicine, Science and the Humanities, and minoring in Theater. She is the Founder and Coordinator of the JHU American Heart Association performing arts benefit showcase, Arts for Hearts, President of Listen Up Tap dance group, Captain of the JHU Homewood Campus American Heart Association Heart and Stroke Walk Team, Performing Arts and Volunteer Coordinator of the Hopkins Association for Stroke Awareness, and Publicist of the JHU Her Campus international magazine. In her free time, Tiffany is passionate about acting, singing, dancing, playing piano, drums, and guitar.

Currently, Tiffany is a research assistant on Dr. Q’s team, aiding in administering surveys, communicating with patients and compiling data for a health study under Dr. Q's mentorship.

Maria Lugo-Fagundo

Maria Lugo-Fagundo, originally from Puerto Rico, is a rising junior undergraduate student at Johns Hopkins University majoring in Materials Science and Engineering. Currently, she is a research assistant under Dr. Q’s mentorship, where she is aiding in administering surveys and investigating the relationship between subjective social status and a number of health outcomes from his patients who suffer from different types of tumors such as pituitary lesions, meningiomas, and gliomas. In her free time, she organizes fundraisers and enjoys giving back to the community.

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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