Dr. Neal was a proud son of West Virginia and a Navy veteran who had a long and illustrious career
in Pediatric Cardiology at the University of West Virginia prior to his involvement with the FH Foundation. He was principally responsible for the development of the Coronary Artery Risk Detection In Appalachian Communities (CARDIAC) Project
, which lasted close to 20 years and screened 100,000 5th grade students in West Virginia for FH and other cardiovascular disease risk factors. Nearly 700 children were identified with LDL-C > 160 mg/dL and many of these children were followed in a statewide system of children’s cardiology clinics. As a result of these efforts, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended universal childhood cholesterol screening for children ages 9-11.