Mary C Neal M.D.
Author of "To Heaven and Back"
Mary C Neal M.D. Bio
Dr. Mary Neal is in the unique position of being both a scientist and a woman of deep faith and trust in God. She is a board-certified spinal surgeon who drowned while kayaking on a South American river. During her time under the water, she experienced life after death. She went to heaven, conversed with Jesus, and experienced God's all-encompassing love. She gained an understanding of God's presence and of "good" and "bad". She was returned to Earth with information and expectations regarding some of her undone work, including the sharing of her experience with others and the future death of her young son.
Her experiences transformed her faith into a complete trust that the promises of God are true, underpinning her ability to face challenges and loss with a joyful heart. Her story inspires others to make a similar transformation by seeking God's presence in their own lives.
She was first interviewed on the Dr. Oz show and has since been featured on many national talk and television shows including, FOX & Friends, The Katie (Couric) Show, The Marie (Osmond) show, CNN, the 700 Club, OWN-In Deep Shift, Guideposts, and a number of others.
She has spoken to audiences throughout the United States, Latin America, and Europe.
Her story gives reason to live by faith and trust. It is a story of hope.
Dr. Neal was born and raised in Michigan and graduated from the University of Kentucky before attending the UCLA medical school. She completed her orthopaedic surgery training at the University of Southern California after which she lived in Sweden, Switzerland, and Los Angeles while undergoing 1 1/2 years of specialty training in spinal surgery before becoming the director of spine surgery at USC. Five years later, she left the University for private practice.
She currently lives and works in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where she and her family enjoy everything the outdoor world offers, especially all forms of skiing, bicycling, boating, and hiking.