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James Neel – Tulsa Technology Center

Persistence and CareerTech training opened the operating room doors for Dr. James Neel.

THEN: A young college graduate who dreamed of becoming a doctor. His admission to medical school was denied twice. Not one to give up on his dream, he enrolled in Tulsa Technology Center’s first-ever evening surgical technology program. Under the direction of instructor Mildred Hill, he worked to gain medical experience while he continued to improve his academic record. He worked two jobs during the day and attended classes at night. The CareerTech training and hard work paid off, and James

  • Worked for four years as a surgical technologist.
  • Was accepted into the University of Oklahoma College Of Medicine.
  • Completed his surgical internship at St. John Medical Center.
  • Continued his surgical training and cardiothoracic surgical fellowship in Louisville, Kentucky.

NOW: A prominent cardiothoracic surgeon at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City. Dr. Neel performed the first combined heart-kidney transplantation in the history of Oklahoma. He readily credits his training and experience as a surgical technologist for providing a solid foundation for medical school.


“Ms. Hill from Tulsa Technology Center was a key part of my medical school foundation.”

James Neel

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