It all started with my working as a hospital orderly, from the operating room to the morgue, during my summer vacations in high school and college. I realized I wanted to become a physician, and being of an introspective nature, I also wanted to learn more of my then mysterious self and that of equally mysterious others. i realized I could do both by becoming a psychiatrist. I received my undergraduate degree in 1969 from the University of Delaware, majoring in Biology and English. My medical degree followed from the University of Maryland in 1973. I then had my specialty training in psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin,, culminating in my Board Certification in Psychiatry and Neurology in 1976.
I wanted to teach and do research as well as work at helping others. I joined the faculty at the then new University of Kentucky School of Medicine in Lexington, where I stayed until I retired in 2012. During those years I held a number of Directorships - the Consultation Service, the Outpatient Clinic, and cared for over one hundred patients at once for over 30 years as Director of our Adult Medication Clinic.
Now I enjoy the new world of private practice and continue to teach and supervise as an Emeritus Associate professor in the University Psychiatry Department.
John R. Neill, MD