Joel Neal, MD, PhD

Joel Neal, MD, PhD

Medical oncologist, Thoracic specialist

Bio:   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 Assistant 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.
4.8 out of 5
235 Patient Ratings
43 Patient Comments

Thoracic Cancer Program in Palo Alto

Cancer Immunotherapy Program

Professional Education

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

Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.

Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.

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Friendliness

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Explanations

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Listens

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Includes you in decisions

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Clear Communication

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Confidence in your doctor

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Recommended to others

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Wait times

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

Dr. Neal and staff is wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

I have sent many to Stanford, you the best. Out of the ball park.

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

Excellent.

SHC Patient, Nov 2016

Dr. Neal is very busy and often runs late. He is, however, excellent.

SHC Patient, Nov 2016

The doctor is very kind, he made me feel much confidence.

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

Dr. Neal is outstanding & I understand how busy he is.

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

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.

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, I can't say enough good things about Dr. Neal, and he and staff are a 10 in my book.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

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.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Dr. Neal together w/the doctors or NP he brings with him are very professional & knowledgeable.

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

Excellent professional visit!

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

He addressed my personal concerns, locations & explicit questions completely clearly.

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4.8 out of 5
235 Patient Ratings
43 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

Dr. Neal and staff is wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

I have sent many to Stanford, you the best. Out of the ball park.

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

Excellent.

SHC Patient, Nov 2016

Dr. Neal is very busy and often runs late. He is, however, excellent.

SHC Patient, Nov 2016

The doctor is very kind, he made me feel much confidence.

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

Dr. Neal is outstanding & I understand how busy he is.

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

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.

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, I can't say enough good things about Dr. Neal, and he and staff are a 10 in my book.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

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.

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Dr. Neal together w/the doctors or NP he brings with him are very professional & knowledgeable.

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

Excellent professional visit!

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

He addressed my personal concerns, locations & explicit questions completely clearly.

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

The most professional & sincere doctor I have ever met. Dr. Neal focus on customer satisfaction is world class.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

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.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

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.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Professional, yet friendly and concerned.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

My opinion is Dr. Neal is at the top of his field.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Very detailed and comprehensive explanations.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Have been seeing Dr. Neal for 5 yrs. and have been blessed to be able to so. Excellent!

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Dr. Neal and the PA were so very easy to understand and attentive. Felt so good with both of them! Thank you.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Dr Neal thank you.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

This time I felt the doctor was rushed and could have been more supportive.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

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.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

We really appreciate Dr. Neal's help and have confidence in his expertise and treatment. Dr. Neal is awesome! Highly recommend!

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Dr. Neal, Allison and Judy are all wonderful.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Need translator since patient only speaks Chinese. But, overall experience is excellent.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Provider gave words of comfort during lengthy problem.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

I think they are all awesome!!

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Dr. Neal is an amazing doctor. He put my worries to ease about my illness.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Very good +'s.

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

Dr. Neal's assistant is wonderful. She is clear & thorough and VERY easy to talk to.

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

Dr. Joel Neal, Dr. Jody Chuang, and NP Judy Pagtama are wonderful!

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

All of them are very friendly, kind and professional. I love them.

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

Good.

SHC Patient, Nov 2014

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!

SHC Patient, Sep 2014

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.

SHC Patient, Sep 2014

He was great!!

SHC Patient, Aug 2014

Have total confidence in Dr. Neal.

SHC Patient, Aug 2014

A very impressive MD, PhD.

SHC Patient, Apr 2014

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.

SHC Patient, Apr 2014

Doctor Neal, Joel is great and he took care of me very well.

SHC Patient, Mar 2014

Excellent - uplifting.

SHC Patient, Feb 2014

Spent a great deal of time with me and my wife.