Brad Pitt to Make Movie About Hopkins Brain Surgeon

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At the moment, Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa is only the second most-famous Hopkins-affiliated brain surgeon. (The first being, of course, Ben Carson.) That might be about to change.This week, Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B announced its intentions to make a movie about the Hopkins brain surgeon’s life–and what a remarkable life it’s been. Dr. Q, as he is affectionately known, came to the U.S. from Mexico at age 19 and worked as a migrant cotton-picker as he learned English. He was also featured in the ABC News documentary series Hopkins.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the feature film will be written by Matt Lopez, who’s best known as the playwright who penned the Civil War drama The Whipping Man. The film is tentatively titled Dr. Q.

Watch Dr. Q tell his own story in this 2013 commencement address:



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  1. I’m so excited to here about this movie. My name is Barbara Goehring and my family met Dr Q in 2007 when we took our daughter Angela Goehring Taylor to talk to him about doing surgery on Angela who had had 2 surgerys on a astrocytoma already and there wasnt much hope that she would be able to have another surgery. I remember the day we walked in his office and we were all standing in this little room waiting for this dr to come in and when he did I felt such a feeling i cant even explain I felt so comfortable, he check Angela out and talked to her explaining how dangerous this surgery would be and told the family how serious it was of course we all were upset and in tears, he walked over to me and put his hand on my shoulder and said we will take care of her I felt such peace at that moment again a feeling I can not explain. Angela had the surgery and was given an extra 9 months to spend with her two young boys and the rest of her family. We thank Dr Q for that extra time we had with Angela.

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