Biography

Max was awarded his BA degree in Medical Sciences, University of Cambridge in 1985, where he was an undergraduate at St Catharine’s College. He continued his postgraduate medical studies at The John Radcliffe Hospital and Magdalen College, University of Oxford, and qualified as a Doctor with a BM BCh degree in 1988. He gained full registration (number 3284212) with the GMC in 1989. Following Senior House Officer posts at Guy’s Hospital, London, and The Radcliffe Hospitals, Oxford, he took up an appointment as Medical Registrar at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. He was granted a National Association for Colitis and Crohn’s disease (NACC) Research award in 1993 to join the Medical Research Council Dunn Clinical Nutrition Centre, Cambridge. His MD Thesis entitled “Sulphate-reducing bacteria, sulphur metabolism and ulcerative colitis” was commended in 1996 by the University of Cambridge. He was Senior Registrar in Gastroenterology at The John Radcliffe Hospital until 1998 when he was appointed as Consultant Gastroenterologist and Physician at St Mark’s and Northwick Hospitals, Harrow. He was elected as Chairman of Medicine at St Mark’s by his peers in 2007.

Max continues to have a clinical research interest in gut bacteria and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and is a medical advisor to Crohn’s and Colitis UK (formerly NACC). As well as running a specialist IBD clinic, Max sees general Gastroenterology outpatient referrals and patients with gastrointestinal cancer. Cancer patients are managed in close collaboration with specialist tertiary-referral surgical colleagues as part of the West London Cancer Network. He is jointly responsible for the acute Gastroenterology inpatient workload admitted to Northwick Park Hospital, as well as the therapeutic ERCP service.

Max is a member of the British Society of Gastroenterology, European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation (ECCO), London Consultants' Association and Medical Defence Union, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, London, Founder Member of North Thames Health Ltd (Company Registration No. 05291251) and Director of Harrow Gastro Ltd (Company Registration No.7191958). He was appointed Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee at The Clementine Churchill Hospital in 2010.

Max’s “extralumenal” interests include golf, SCUBA diving and playing the violin for over forty years. He is an active member of chamber ensembles and orchestras in his native Hertfordshire, London and the South-East, including the European Doctors Orchestra.

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