In 1987, I succeeded in my second try to slip from Mexico to the United Stares by jumping over a fence. I had no money and did not know English. I worked in the fields and other manual labor until a near fatal work accident gave me a wake up call. I learned English and managed to get into University of California in Berkeley. In 1999 I gave the commencement address at my graduation from Harvard Medical School. I’m shown here outside my office at Johns Hopkins where I am a professor and neurosurgeon, focusing on cancer.
— Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, MD, interviewed by Peter Rousmaniere in 2017. Photo credit: Earl Dotter.