WVU Physician Named Distinguished Alumnus


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – William Neal, M.D., a pediatric cardiologist and professor in the West Virginia University School of Medicine, has been named the WVU School of Medicine’s 2006 Distinguished Alumnus. He will be honored during the School of Medicine’s Alumni Weekend, Oct. 13-15.

Dr. Neal is most recognized for his clinical research initiatives in heart disease.  He is the creator of the CARDIAC Project, which provides free cholesterol screenings for West Virginia elementary students and the parents of children with high cholesterol levels. The CARDIAC Program is the first statewide heart disease intervention program of its kind in the nation. Neal received WVU’s Ethel and Gerry Heebink Award for Distinguished State Service in 2004.

Neal’s other initiatives include establishing neonatal intensive-care units, developing an emergency transport for critical-care newborns and opening pediatric cardiology clinics in various areas throughout the state. 

Neal serves as the coordinator of “Physicians on the Move” and the spokesman for “WV on the Move,” projects created to increase awareness of the correlation between obesity and heart disease. 

He has served on multiple national committees including two years as President of the National Perinatal Association, as well as President of the Board for the Children’s Miracle Network, and on the Naval Research Advisory Committee for Naval Medical Research and Development. In 1996, he was recognized as the WV Pediatrician of the Year by the state chapter of the AAP.

He received national recognition from the Rural Health Association winning the Louis Gorin Award for Outstanding Achievement in Rural Health Care in 2003.

Neal has published three books and nearly 70 articles relating to cardiovascular disease in children.

A native of Huntington, Neal served as an U.S. Navy flight surgeon in Vietnam and as a medical resident at the University of Minnesota. He was instrumental in the development of WVU Children’s Hospital and served as the department chairman and chief of pediatric cardiology before assuming his current role as interim chief of pediatric cardiology.

Neal received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Xavier University and his medical degree from WVU.  Neal and his wife, Martha Mullett, a professor of neonatology at WVU, reside in Morgantown.  Neal has four children, two stepchildren and 10 grandchildren. 

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Steve Bovino, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087

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