Uncontrolled hemorrhage is the leading cause of preventable death in trauma patients, and trauma surgeons like Matthew Neal, MD, know well that stopping blood loss means saving lives. Dr. Neal’s clinical and research interests center on outcomes following emergency surgery, particularly operations involving trauma, hemorrhagic shock, and massive transfusion. His research seeks to shed light on the mechanisms behind hemostasis and coagulation, processes that halt bleeding and promote blood clotting after traumatic injury. He studies platelet biology and the molecular signaling pathways that influence inflammation and blood clot formation. He is also interested in understanding how aging affects surgical outcomes and how to overcome the unique challenges posed by performing surgery on older patients.
Dr. Neal earned his bachelor’s degree at Georgetown University before attending Pitt’s School of Medicine, graduating with the Class of 2006. He completed a general surgery residency at UPMC, a pediatric surgery research fellowship at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, and a surgical critical care fellowship at UPMC.