The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.

      Robert Frost

During my brief association and while in his surgical care, I found Dr. Paul Francel to be a very knowledgeable, caring and competent neurosurgeon.  I am a past patient, advocate and supporter of him. 

In the year 2000, as a result of a routine eye examination by my Optometrist and my Ophthalmologist, it was discovered that I had a brain tumor, a meningioma.*

Since I had not been in Oklahoma City long, not knowing any surgeons, I was recommended to the office of Dr. Paul Francel.  He was a practicing surgeon and Professor at the University Of Oklahoma College Of Medicine.  I found him to have exercised the highest degree of ethics and competence.  His careful review, analysis and explanations of the required procedure made me feel totally comfortable. 

He successfully removed the tumor and I could not have been more pleased and grateful.  After the surgery he did a complete and detailed follow-up at three months, six months and one-year intervals, until it was finally determined that the tumor was not coming back.  I was discharged from his service in February 2008.

I would like to extend my unwavering support for him.  It is my belief that Dr. Francel is making and has made a substantial contribution to the field of medicine.  If Dr. Francel were to be no longer in practice, his loss would create a gap that would be difficult, if not impossible to fill.  I stand behind him 100%.

Sincerely yours,

Herman McKinney

Attorney at law (inactive)


December 13, 2016 update from Herman McKinney - He is doing very well. He really appreciates your prayers and good wishes.  I would like to say to him, "God bless you Mr. McKinney.  I pray for your continued good health and happiness."  Also, I shared this information with Dr. Francel and he was really pleased.  He cares deeply for his former patients.


*Meningiomas are benign, slow-growing tumors, classified as brain tumors, but actually growing in the three protective membranes that surround the brain (meninges). Sometimes they cause thickening or thinning of adjoining skull bones. Meningiomas do not spread to other areas of the body.  Definition from WebMD.