Dr. Neal holds a medical degree and a doctoral degree in Tumor Cell Biology from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. Subsequently, he completed a fellowship in oncology, rotating through the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Division of Oncology at the Stanford Cancer Institute at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Dr Neal’s primary clinical interest is in thoracic oncology. In addition to maintaining an active practice, he focuses on the design and conduct of clinical trials involving targeted therapies and immunotherapy for lung cancer and mesothelioma. He has published dozens of articles in the field of thoracic oncology, including in Lancet Oncology, Nature Medicine, and the Journal of Clinical Oncology. He is a member of the International Association of the Study of Lung Cancer (IALSC), is a study chair and thoracic core committee member within the ECOG-ACRIN cooperative group, and has presented at a number of American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meetings.

Professional Summary

Professional Education
  • Residency: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency (2007) MA
  • Medical Education: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (2004) IL
  • Fellowship: Dana Farber Cancer Institute Hematology Oncology Fellowship (2010) MA
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology (2010)


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Practice Locations

Thoracic Cancer Program in Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

875 Blake Wilbur Drive

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 498-6000

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Cancer Immunotherapy Program Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

875 Blake Wilbur Drive

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 498-6000

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accommodating care provider and listen to your needs
Met & exceeded ALL expectations.
Dr. Joel Neal is the best!
Dr. Joel Neal is the best!
Dr. Neal is the best!
It has been a blessing to have Dr. Neal & his team guiding us through a very difficult time. Every visit, every call & every e-mail gave us confidence that we were in the BEST hands possible. I will forever be grateful to Dr. Neal, & to all of the Stanford Cancer Center - an amazing & inspiring place of HOPE. Thank you to ALL.
Dr. Katin was very thorough and caring. He did a great work up then heard Dr. Neal went over everything in detail. They explained everything in great detail.
Judy and Dr. Neal are excellent in the care administered. They are very attentive and concerned of my well being.
Dr. Neal was very thorough, thoughtful my appointment, I understood my situation clearly.
Dr. Joel Neal is a special person. He has been blessed with special talents. No matter how my situation turns out, I know I have received the best, up to date, care possible. God bless all of you!
Dr. Neal works hard for his patients & is always good natured about answering any questions. He's tops in my book.
Dr. Neal is the best!
Always courteous & engaging.
Dr. Neal and his team are all excellent! It's wonderful knowing you're getting the best medical care & from someone who really cares.
Dr. Neal is wonderful.
Dr. Neal & NP Connie spent so much time with us & showed such care & compassion. Dr. Neal drew a diagram of treatment plan options so we could understand. We were so impressed.
Dr. Neal & PA Rodriguez are excellent. They listen, give clinical perspective and clear instructions/advice, and are compassionate and encouraging.
Dr. Neal, Joel is an exceptional physician and an amazing human being who took the time to be present during every encounter w/my husband & us!!
amazing professionals - worth the wait & other bureaucratic issues...
Dr. Neal is a wonderful doctor in all respects - he is knowledgeable & very caring.
We have seen a full team of care providers now & they are nothing but amazing. Despite the complexity of my condition, I have comfort I am getting the best care possible.
Dr. Joel Neal exceeds our expectations. He's very knowledgeable, very caring, understanding. He's always make you comfortable. Thank you Dr. Neal and also to your team of doctors & NP you bring in. Excellent!
We were not rushed. Everything explained. Gave time for us to understand and react some of the decisions. Gave us visual present situation. Very caring.
Excellent experience!!
Courteous, showed compassion & took time to answer all our concerns.
Extreme clarity, lots of openness during visit, really wonderful physician.
I love Dr. Neal.
Dr. Neal is intelligent compassionate & friendly.
I am very happy with the care I am receiving.
Dr. Neal is the best!!
May our Almighty God continue to bless Dr. Neal so he can continue helping people that are sick like me. Thank you Dr. Neal. We love you!! You're the best!!
Dr. Neal was outstanding; caring, easy to understand, detailed explanations; took time to explain everything - never felt rushed, and even gave a departing hug to me and my family. I have a high degree of confidence in him.
Dr. Neal is excellent!
Dr. Neal & Judy are the greatest! Always friendly, personable, & explain any information in understandable language.
Welcoming - Clear speaking, positive feedback, good listener, positive thinker, friendly natured, thorough reviews -
I would recommend my care providers and Stanford to everyone. Everyone I talked to told me I'm right where I need to be at Stanford for my medical issues.
Dr. Neal is the best!!!
Dr. Neal and staff is wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.
I have sent many to Stanford, you the best. Out of the ball park.
Dr. Neal is very busy and often runs late. He is, however, excellent.
The doctor is very kind, he made me feel much confidence.
Dr. Neal is outstanding & I understand how busy he is.
Dr. Neal & his future staff are extremely knowledgeable; professional; pleasant and courteous. Although I have a serious lung caner, my question's were all answered & future direction now much cleaner.
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, I can't say enough good things about Dr. Neal, and he and staff are a 10 in my book.
Compared to Kaiser, Dr. Neal was much more informed., Had much better communication skills. Gave better advice and had much more empathy. Gave me hope.
Dr. Neal together w/the doctors or NP he brings with him are very professional & knowledgeable.
Excellent professional visit!
He addressed my personal concerns, locations & explicit questions completely clearly.
The most professional & sincere doctor I have ever met. Dr. Neal focus on customer satisfaction is world class.
My mom (patient) loves Dr. Neal and Dr. Judy, NP. She trusts them fully as they are always on top of everything, but most importantly, they are genuinely compassionate.
Dr Neal is an extremely personable and caring physician. He answered my questions, gave me answers to questions I hadn't even thought to ask. When I left 'Dr. Neal's' office I felt better than I had in a very long time.
My opinion is Dr. Neal is at the top of his field.
Professional, yet friendly and concerned.
Very detailed and comprehensive explanations.
Have been seeing Dr. Neal for 5 yrs. and have been blessed to be able to so. Excellent!
Dr. Neal and the PA were so very easy to understand and attentive. Felt so good with both of them! Thank you.
Dr Neal thank you.
This time I felt the doctor was rushed and could have been more supportive.
Dr. Neal is the best! This man saved my life! He has a good manner about him, ease of understanding and makes a person feel completely at ease.
We really appreciate Dr. Neal's help and have confidence in his expertise and treatment. Dr. Neal is awesome! Highly recommend!
Dr. Neal, Allison and Judy are all wonderful.
Need translator since patient only speaks Chinese. But, overall experience is excellent.
Provider gave words of comfort during lengthy problem.
I think they are all awesome!!
Dr. Neal is an amazing doctor. He put my worries to ease about my illness.
Very good +'s.
Dr. Neal's assistant is wonderful. She is clear & thorough and VERY easy to talk to.
Dr. Joel Neal, Dr. Jody Chuang, and NP Judy Pagtama are wonderful!
All of them are very friendly, kind and professional. I love them.
Dr. Pack and Dr. Neal spent a lot of time with me (and my husband) - they gave me hope and both have excellent "people skills." I ope I can participate in the medication trial!
Dr. Neal took his time to explain what needs to be done and possible treatments in the future. Highly professional doctor, intelligent and I see why my cousin strongly recommended to me.
He was great!!
Have total confidence in Dr. Neal.
A very impressive MD, PhD.
Dr. Neal was straightforward and to the point. I appreciated all the information he provided. I highly recommend him to anyone needing this type of specialist.
Doctor Neal, Joel is great and he took care of me very well.
Excellent - uplifting.
Spent a great deal of time with me and my wife.

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