Cigarroa Family Medical/STEM Lecture
AAHHE National Conference

Established in 2017, the Cigarroa Distinguished Lecture spotlights a prominent scholar or leader in a medical or science discipline. The lecture is named in honor of the Cigarroa Family of Laredo, Texas and its three generations of medical doctors and active leaders who have served in their communities and in national organizations. This lecture features established leaders and icons in the medical and science professions.  Read more about Francisco Cigarroa.

5th Annual Cigarroa Family Medical/STEM Lecture
March 3, 2021, 12:15 - 1:15 pm ET

 Alfredo Quiñonez–Hinojosa, MD
Chair, of Neurosurgery and the William J. And Charles H. Mayo Partnership, Mayo Clinic
Author of Becoming Dr. Q.: My Journey from Migrant Worker to Brain Surgeon

 Alfredo Quiñones–Hinojosa, MD, is a consultant, serves as chair of the Department of Neurosurgery Department at Mayo Clinic in Florida and is the William J. and Charles H. Mayo Professor. He leads the Brain Tumor Stem Cell Laboratory studying brain tumors from a surgical, imaging, clinical, and basic science perspective to improve patient safety and maximize the efficacy of current treatments for brain tumors. Quiñones– Hinojosa has written over 6 books on brain cancer clinical and basic science that have been translated into other languages around the world. He was named one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in 2008 and was awarded the 2014 Gary Lichtenstein Humanitarian Award and Neurosurgeon of the Year. Forbes called him one of Mexico’s most brilliant minds in the world.


List of past speakers of the Cigarroa Family Medical/STEM Lecture:

  • 2020 Frances Colón
  • 2019 Olivia A. Graeve
  • 2018 Jose Hernandez
  • 2017 Francisco Cigarroa