Cheryl Neal, M.D.

Cheryl Neal, MD, founded MIKE Program in 2003 to mentor young people toward healthier lives. Dr. Neal serves as the full-time volunteer, unpaid Executive Director of MIKE. Dr. Neal is a retired Portland-area internist, who trained in nephrology at Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. She is a graduate of the OHSU School of Medicine (formerly the University of Oregon School of Medicine). Inspired by the work and convictions of her late husband, Portland kidney specialist Mike Hartnett, MD, she oversees a grassroots effort to empower young people to advocate for and adopt healthier behaviors, especially in communities most susceptible to chronic diseases, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, which lead to kidney failure.