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​​​“Every surgery I do is the most important surgery I have ever done.”​
Marshfield - Marshfield Medical Center

1000 N Oak Ave
Marshfield, WI 54449

Appointment Phone:
1-715-387-5297

Provider Bio down arrow

Dr. John Neal performs general brain and spinal neurosurgery. He has special expertise in the field of functional and stereotactic neurosurgery – minimally invasive, precision surgery that allows reaching inside deep areas of the brain without extensive opening of the skull.

He utilizes techniques such as Gamma Knife® radiosurgery (using focused radiation to treat tumors, vascular abnormalities, and trigeminal neuralgia (facial pain); and deep brain stimulation (implanting a device that sends electrical impulses to specific parts of the brain to treat disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, epilepsy and behavioral conditions such as obsessive-compulsive disorder). These two new technologies have revolutionized neurosurgery and have benefitted thousands of patients.

Dr. Neal joined Marshfield Clinic in 1995 to help develop its neurosurgery practice. He was instrumental in bringing the Gamma Knife to central Wisconsin and in establishing the deep brain stimulation program.

Dr. Neal earned his college and medical degrees from Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, and completed his neurosurgery residency at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He served on faculty at the University of California, Irvine, prior to moving to Marshfield.

His passions include parenting (two daughters) with his wife Dara, music and winter biathlon (skiing and shooting). He believes in public service and has been an active sworn law enforcement officer for Wisconsin since 2003.

Professional Summary down arrow

  • Medical School
    Yale University - School of Medicine New Haven, CT, United States, M.D. 1983

    Residency
    University of Southern California - Affiliated Hospitals Los Angeles, CA, United States, Neurological Surgery 1989

Patient Ratings down arrow

3.7
out of 5 (30 ratings, 8 comments)
3.6
Provider friendliness
3.6
Provider explanations of my problem
3.4
Provider concern for my questions
3.7
Provider's efforts to include me in treatment decisions
3.6
Provider's medication information
4.1
Provider's follow-up care instructions
4.0
Provider's use of words I understood
3.6
Provider's amount of time with me
3.6
My confidence in this provider
3.5
My likelihood of recommending this provider

Patient Comments down arrow

Comments are also gathered from the Press Ganey patient satisfaction survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing.
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September 08, 2017
Direct, courteous and professional.
December 07, 2017
Great experience.
December 09, 2017
Impressed with his knowledge & skill.
September 24, 2017
Dr. Neal is a reserved person but, I got him to talk as a regular person about his cool shoes (comfortable) and his camouflage hunting accessories. Wanted to find out what kind of person he is.1. Reserved doctor.
May 02, 2017
Dr. Neal Welcomed me getting a second opinion before I commit to surgery.
October 25, 2017
Not much time to explain - things happy to do surgery.
December 02, 2017
[...] He was very vague & seemed bored.
June 07, 2017
Dr. Neal was extremely rude to me, [...] I will never see him again!
June 07, 2017
Dr. Neal was extremely rude to me, [...] I will never see him again!
December 02, 2017
[...] He was very vague & seemed bored.
October 25, 2017
Not much time to explain - things happy to do surgery.
May 02, 2017
Dr. Neal Welcomed me getting a second opinion before I commit to surgery.
September 24, 2017
Dr. Neal is a reserved person but, I got him to talk as a regular person about his cool shoes (comfortable) and his camouflage hunting accessories. Wanted to find out what kind of person he is.1. Reserved doctor.
September 08, 2017
Direct, courteous and professional.
December 07, 2017
Great experience.
December 09, 2017
Impressed with his knowledge & skill.
May 02, 2017
Dr. Neal Welcomed me getting a second opinion before I commit to surgery.
June 07, 2017
Dr. Neal was extremely rude to me, [...] I will never see him again!
September 08, 2017
Direct, courteous and professional.
September 24, 2017
Dr. Neal is a reserved person but, I got him to talk as a regular person about his cool shoes (comfortable) and his camouflage hunting accessories. Wanted to find out what kind of person he is.1. Reserved doctor.
October 25, 2017
Not much time to explain - things happy to do surgery.
December 02, 2017
[...] He was very vague & seemed bored.
December 07, 2017
Great experience.
December 09, 2017
Impressed with his knowledge & skill.
December 09, 2017
Impressed with his knowledge & skill.
December 07, 2017
Great experience.
December 02, 2017
[...] He was very vague & seemed bored.
October 25, 2017
Not much time to explain - things happy to do surgery.
September 24, 2017
Dr. Neal is a reserved person but, I got him to talk as a regular person about his cool shoes (comfortable) and his camouflage hunting accessories. Wanted to find out what kind of person he is.1. Reserved doctor.
September 08, 2017
Direct, courteous and professional.
June 07, 2017
Dr. Neal was extremely rude to me, [...] I will never see him again!
May 02, 2017
Dr. Neal Welcomed me getting a second opinion before I commit to surgery.