Dr. Mary C. Neal will be the keynote speaker during the 14th Annual Spirituality and Health Seminar.

Former USC Director of Spine Surgery to address after-life experience in Chambersburg on October 4


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Registration is now open for this fall’s 14th Annual Spirituality and Health Seminar sponsored by Summit Health and Menno Haven on Friday, October 4 at Chambersburg Hospital.

This year’s keynote speaker is Mary C. Neal, MD, a board certified orthopedic surgeon and former director of spine surgery at the University of Southern California. She is also a founding partner of Orthopaedic Associates of Jackson Hole, Wyo.

As author of the book “To Heaven and Back: A Doctor’s Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels and Life Again,” lectures as part of the theme “A Physician’s Perspective on After-Life Experience” will explore her own near-death experience and how it has impacted her personal and professional life.

Public Events:

• At 7:30 a.m., Dr. Neal will be speaking at a clergy breakfast for spiritual caregivers and healthcare professionals at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 750 Norland Ave., Chambersburg. Donations by those attending the clergy breakfast will be gratefully accepted.

• At 10 a.m., Dr. Neal will speak at the Chambersburg Hospital Lecture Center, 112 N. Seventh St., Chambersburg, and through video link in the main conference room at Waynesboro Hospital, 501 E. Main St., Waynesboro.

Health care professionals and the public are invited to attend this session.

Both sessions are free, but registration is required. Space is limited so please register by September 26 online at

Dr. Neal will also be speaking at noon to physicians and providers as well as staff and volunteers with Summit Health and Menno Haven.

For more information, call (717) 262-4526.

About the Keynote Speaker

Mary C. Neal, MD, is a board-certified orthopaedic spine surgeon currently living and working in private practice in Wyoming.

Dr. Neal served five years as director of spine surgery at the University of Southern California prior to moving to Wyoming. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, she attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles, and then completed surgery training at USC. She lived in Sweden, Switzerland and Los Angeles while undergoing more than a year’s worth of specialty training in spinal surgery before returning to USC as the director.

During a trip to South America, Dr. Neal drowned while kayaking and says she experienced life after death, which she recounts in her book, “To Heaven and Back: A Doctor’s Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels and Life Again.” During this experience, she says she went to heaven and back, conversed with Jesus and experienced God’s encompassing love before returning to Earth with specific instructions for work she still needed to complete.

Dr. Neal and her family live in Jackson Hole, Wyo., where they enjoy various outdoor activities, including skiing, bicycling, boating and hiking.


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