Eben Alexander

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Notable for his work as a neurosurgeon at several Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Virginia hospitals, Alexander is perhaps best known as the author of Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife, a New York Times bestselling memoir describing his 2008 near-death experience while suffering from meningitis. 

Before Fame

After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he received his medical degree from Duke University. 


He published his second work -- The Map of Heaven: How Science, Religion, and Ordinary People Are Proving the Afterlife -- in late 2014. His third book, Living in a Mindful Universe, was co-authored with Karen Newell. 

Family Life

Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, he returned to his home state after attending a private boarding school in New Hampshire during his high school years.

Associated With

He and Anita Moorjani both had life-changing near death experiences and often appear at the same conferences about the science and the meaning of consciousness.