October 17, 2008

Disparities expert to deliver Watkins Lecture

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Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, M.D.

Disparities expert to deliver Watkins Lecture

Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, M.D., associate professor of Neurosurgery, Oncology, Neuroscience and Cellular and Molecular Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, will deliver the seventh annual Levi Watkins Jr. Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 23, at noon in 208 Light Hall.

Quinones-Hinojosa will speak on “New Approaches to Assessing Disparities, Trends and Outcomes in Patients with Brain Cancer.” A reception will follow in the North Lobby of Light Hall.

Quinones-Hinojosa directs the brain tumor program at the Johns Hopkins Bayview campus. He received his medical degree from Harvard and completed neurosurgery residency and a fellowship in developmental and stem cell biology at the University of California, San Francisco.

Quinones-Hinojosa recently was inducted into the Hispanic Scholarship Fund “Hall of Fame.” He has been named one of the United States' “Brilliant 10 Scientists” by Popular Science magazine and was cited as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the U.S.” by the Hispanic Business Journal.

The Watkins Lecture, presented by Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, honors Levi Watkins Jr., M.D., renowned cardiac surgeon and the first African-American to be admitted to and graduate from VUSM. A major focus of the lecture is closing the racial disparities gap in health care.