Dr. Neal graduated with honors from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He received speciality training in Internal Medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon. He currently maintains active licenses in both Western and Chinese medicine.
Early in his career Dr. Neal became interested in East Asian medicine. In the early 1990’s he began training in acupuncture and integrative medicine. He studied acupuncture for four years with Dr. Anita Cignolini of Milan, Italy. His training then continued with post-graduate studies in Chinese language at Portland State University, as well as advanced studies in classical Chinese language at Heilongjiang University in Harbin, China. He is a graduate of the School of Classical Chinese Medicine at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, where he taught for six years. As an Associate Professor at NCNM, Dr. Neal taught a variety of subjects including classical text translation, advanced topics in Classical Jing Luo (channel) theory, Chinese medical diagnostics, integrative Chinese and Western medical diagnostic theory, classical case studies, clinical case studies, Chinese medical ethics, served as the chairmen of the classical texts subcommittee and worked as a clinical supervisor.
Dr. Neal has been an associate faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University and currently is a visiting scholar in Chinese medicine at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. He has served as a consultant on traditional medical practices to the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.
Dr. Neal’s primary research interest is the study of classical Chinese acupuncture through direct translations of classical texts, particularly the Huangdi Neijing (Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic 黃帝內經) and the application of early Chinese medical techniques to patients with serious illnesses such as early and late stage cancer. He has lectured both locally and internationally in areas related to classical acupuncture and integrative medicine. Dr. Neal currently is director and a senior researcher at the Xinglin Institute, a collaborative research group dedicated to the study of traditional East Asian medical texts with the goal of finding innovative solutions to contemporary global health problems.