Pediatrics is a family calling for Dr. Max Chen of the Center for Family Health.
Born in Houston and raised in Pittsburgh, Dr. Chen was exposed to the profession by his pediatrician mother, Dr. Anne Chen. He remembers accompanying her on rounds in his middle school years and deciding then that it was interesting work. Eventually both Dr. Chen and his brother became pediatricians.
“It’s been the right choice,” Dr. Chen said. “I feel like I’m a big kid, too. When you work with children, you get to interact in a more youthful spirit.”
“Dr Chen is an amazing physician and person, “said Dr. Rose Johnson, Chief Medical Officer at the Center for Family Health. “He is always willing to help our patients and staff with their concerns and provides quality care to his patients. Dr Chen constantly is looking for ways to improve the health of the kids he sees. He is loved by his colleagues and patients.”
After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree from Westminster College in Pennsylvania, Dr. Chen earned his Medical Degree from the University of the East in the Philippines. He did his residency at Harlem Hospital in New York.
Dr. Chen worked for 10 years with his mother and brother at her pediatrics practice in Pittsburgh, then decided he wanted to try something different. He looked at opportunities in the central part of the United States, and in 2018 accepted a position with the Pediatrics Department of the Center for Family Health.
“What really clinched it for me was the people at the Center,” Dr. Chen said. “From the top down, I had a good impression. That’s what led me here.”
Dr. Chen is married and has three children aged 15, 4, and 2. He enjoys travel to unique places, sampling unusual foods, and outdoor activities such as hiking in the mountains of West Virginia.
The community of Jackson is a good fit for him, Dr. Chen said.
“I am grateful that the community and the patients allow me to be who I am and trust me as a doctor,” he said. “I appreciate that.”