Dr. Edward Neal, MD
Dr. Neal graduated with honors from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He received specialty 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 College of Classical Chinese Medicine at the National University of Natural Medicine (formerly NCNM) in Portland, Oregon, where he taught for six years. As an Associate Professor at NUNM, 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 a visiting scholar in East Asian medicine at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. He currently serves as a consultant on traditional East Asian medical practices to the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.
Dr. Neal’s research focuses on the study of early Chinese medical texts, particularly the Huangdi Neijing (Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic 黃帝內經) and the translation of this research into new approaches to the treatment of current global health challenges such as cancer, resistant infections and chronic illness. He has lectured both locally and internationally in areas related to classical acupuncture and traditional medicine. Dr. Neal is the director of the Xinglin Institute, a collaborative research group dedicated to the study of traditional East Asian medical texts with a mission to improve global health and well-being.