Jeffrey D. McNeil, M.D., F.A.C.S., grew up in the Houston suburb of Cypress, Texas. He attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas for his undergraduate education and earned his medical degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). Dr. McNeil received an Air Force Health Professions Scholarship for medical school and then completed his general surgery residency on active duty with the U.S. Air Force at UTHSCSA before moving to Winston-Salem, North Carolina for his cardiothoracic surgery residency at Wake Forest University and North Carolina Baptist Medical Center. In 2004, he traveled back to Texas to begin his military practice at San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC). During his military career, Dr. McNeil deployed twice to the 332nd Air Force Theatre Hospital at Balad Air Base, Iraq and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Cluster for his service and outstanding achievements. He served as Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at SAMMC from 2014-2016 when he retired from the U.S. Air Force after twenty years of service. Dr. McNeil joined Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons in July 2016.
Dr. McNeil is board-certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and specializes in adult cardiac and thoracic surgery. His cardiac surgery interests include aortic valve and aortic root surgery, all-arterial myocardial revascularization, mitral valve repair surgery, and minimally invasive trans-catheter valve replacement surgery. He also performs surgeries utilizing less-invasive techniques such as video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) for treatment of lung cancer and other thoracic diseases.
Dr. McNeil is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, J. Bradley Aust Surgical Society, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Texas Medical Association, and Travis County Medical Association. He has received numerous research and teaching awards and has published several papers and textbook chapters in the field of cardiothoracic surgery. While working in San Antonio, he was a clinical assistant professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and is frequently invited to speak at medical conferences throughout the United States. He is currently serving as Chief of Surgical Services at Seton Medical Center Hays where he was voted the 2018 Physician of the Year.
Medical mission work is one of his passions, and he has participated in numerous international trips to provide medical care to underserved populations. Recently, through his involvement with VOOM Foundation, he has traveled to the University of Nigeria Teach Hospital in Enugu, Nigeria to facilitate the development of a cardiac surgery program and to perform cardiac surgical procedures for the local population. He has received the Edwards Life Sciences Every Heart Beat Matters Award from the Thoracic Surgery Foundation in 2018 and 2019 to help fund his work in Nigeria.