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Maxwell Diddams, MD



Undergraduate: Carleton College
Medical School: State University of New York, Buffalo


Mountain View, California

Career Interests

Intensive care, Ultrasound, Palliative Care, and FOAMed

Max grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area but found the perfect weather too oppressive, so he went to Carleton College in Minnesota. There, he met his wife Caitlin, majored in Chinese Linguistics, and learned to swing dance. His senior thesis was on humor in translation by close reading of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Minnesota didn’t have enough snow, so they moved to Buffalo, NY for medical and graduate school, but not before taking a year off to teach English in Shanxi, China.

In Buffalo, Max developed a passion for point-of-care ultrasound that led him to pursue a career in pulmonary-critical care. He also did research in CPR outcomes in popular television and film, with the goal of better connecting with patients over their end-of-life wishes and expectations. He was a manager of the medical school’s free clinic, and despite all familial expectations was inducted to both AOA and Gold Humanism Honor Societies.

Max was over the moon to be accepted to UNC and has loved living and working in Chapel Hill. He has no plans to ever leave, especially now that his in-laws live in Asheville. He is currently getting certified in critical care ultrasound with Chest and working with the department to grow the fledgling ultrasound program. In his spare time he is involved in his church, climbs poorly at the local rock climbing gym, studies foreign languages, and tries to get to Wilmington to SCUBA dive.

Maxwell Diddams