Peter McNeela

Official Website of Peter McNeela M.D., M.P.H., Author of

THE LOST SON:A Rock'n'Roll Road to Redemption

(and True American Parable)

"It was thus with a sense of great wonder that I lay down to rest that still night in God's Country."




ONE YEAR AFTER LEAVING MEDICAL RESIDENCY, desperately in need of some meaning and a reason to continue, a young doctor embarks on a solitary cross-country trip. Over the course of three wondrous weeks, he treks across America from the Deep South to the splendor of the Grand Canyon, from the temptations of Las Vegas to the pristine wilderness of Utah. Gradually, he makes peace with a broken past and learns to live anew. 

The Lost Son, based on the ragged travel diary dutifully kept during this remarkable journey of self-discovery, chronicles his transformation from perennial honors student to miserable physician, from repentant sinner to hopeful seeker, and ultimately to a confident writer who finds his voice in the Great American West and returns home with a newfound purpose. 


"I figured that medicine would provide the best path for blending my desire for an intellectually challenging career with the calling of beneficence towards others I craved... Thus, at the tender age of 17, I made the fateful decision to become a doctor."

"On this courageous trip, I had broken free of 'what I am supposed to do' and left sheer ambition behind. By traveling alone, I was able to follow my heart... and I hoped to truly accomplish something amazing."

"That night I started to believe that everything in the universe has a and religion, while having divergent interests and methodologies, are interrelated because they both aim to find the Truth..."

Side I


The Rise and Fall of a Naïve Physician (Brain Damage)

Side II

Day 7: Space Curiosity (... and a cosmic trip of a whole other sort)

Side III

Day 13:

The Real Morality

(Doing Time in the Universal Mind)



Dr. Peter McNeela earned a biology degree from Canisius College and a medical degree and Master's in Public Health from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has taught at Trocaire College and completed an internship at the Erie County Health Department's Bureau of Disease Control. 

Peter focuses on youth advocacy, seeking to educate teens and young adults about health, wellness, and the consequences of personal decisions.


He lives in Buffalo, New York and is an avid sports fan and lover of classic rock and blues music.



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