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KAHN--Max A. , M.D. The physicians and staff of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine of Manhattan's Upper Westside and Scarsdale, sadly mourn the loss of one of its founding partners, Max A. Kahn, M.D. Max unexpectedly passed away Thursday morning, leaving all of us - family, friends, patients and parents - with an overwhelming sense of loss. Over 40 years ago, he and his partner, Michael Levi, M.D., fresh out of their Jacobi residency, started a pediatric practice on West 86th Street, often taking their bicycle on house calls as they started to build what would eventually become a bustling institution in both communities, ultimately serving the well-being of tens of thousands of children and their families. Growing up in Burlington, VT, he would attend Harvard College, contemplating his future as a rabbinic scholar. On paper, he changed paths, graduating from Columbia University with a degree in medicine, though in many ways, he would always use those Talmudic studies in his approach to pediatrics and his patients, blending his love of science, with his Solomonic wisdom. For many years, he was a teacher and mentor to students and physicians at Bellevue and NYU, and he has touched the lives of all those families who would ask for his advice. We send our heartfelt sympathy to his wife Kathy (Lampe); his children Lizzy and Will; his sister Hazel (Keimowitz); and his loving nieces Jessica and Alison. We will miss you and your name will remain gold-leafed on our front door for posterity.

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Published in New York Times on Sep. 14, 2019.
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March 1, 2021
Dr. Kahn was an amazing doctor and even better person. RIP
September 7, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person.
Dimitra Dreyer Dales
September 6, 2020
My husband, children and I still speak of Max regularly. We can’t believe he’s gone. Wise, warm man, gone way too soon.
Rachel Ringler
September 18, 2019
What a loss! Both my children were cared for by his group - it was always so comforting when Max was there for a sick visit. We went to the same gym for a while - when there were celebrities in the gym they were always eclipsed by his appearance - all the mothers were so thrilled to see him. Thank you for all the wonderful care and kindness through the years. May he live on in the hearts of all his loved ones.
Aimee Ross
September 17, 2019
He will be terribly missed at Beth Shalom. We all loved and respected him for so many years.
September 17, 2019
So sorry to hear of Max's passing. He was the pediatrician for our eldest daughter, Rachel, when we lived on 107th Street. He had such a calming effect on a new mother. Then later in Westchester we found found we moved to the same town. He again became pediatrician to now all 4 kids. What a sweet man. He was a fixture at Temple, as well. May his memory be a blessing. With sympathy from the Sterne Family
September 17, 2019
It was in Paris, back in 2013. I was pregnant with my first child and very anxious. Max was there with his wife and friends, and he very kindly explained to me what a swaddling blanket was and how to use it. I didn't, in France, we don't. But I often remembered his words of how to take care of a newborn, and had more confidence. Thank you Max. And farewell.
Anna Rousseau
September 16, 2019
How terrible to learn that Max Kahn is gone. My older brother Rick Scheuer was a close friend at Harvard and my father introduced Max to the HUC as a place of Jewish learning. Max was so kind and thoughtful as well as smart. When Rick had a brain aneurysm in 1996, complicated by an infection, Max came up to the hospital, which we appreciated very much. Rick did not survive, but I am sure his three sons still remember their doctor while they lived in NY. May the good memories of Max's unique humanity be a comfort to his family,
Marian Scheuer Sofaer
September 16, 2019
I am so saddened to hear this news. Max was a brilliant, kind, and caring pediatrician. He was an even more amazing person. Max was one of my mentors early in my career and someone I aspired to emulate. I hope to have become even a fraction of the gem he was. Sending love and prayers to the family he left behind.
Karen Angell
September 16, 2019
Max was a college classmate who epitomized the meaning of mensch. As shocked and devastated as I felt upon hearing the news of his death, I am profoundly grateful for the quiet, lovely conversation we had at our 50th college reunion in May. I will treasure it always.
Rikki Grubb
September 16, 2019
I am so deeply saddened to hear about Max passing. I hope you find some comfort knowing how much people truly cared and respected Max.
September 16, 2019
Max was my former neighbor on West 108th Street, and my now grown girls' former pediatrician. I remember him as a kind, gentle, comforting and lovely person and an amazingly caring doctor. I took baby Emma to see him with a stiff neck, and he told me that Emma needed to go to the hospital right away as this could be a symptom of meningitis. He then drove Emma and her father there himself. I am deeply saddened by his loss. He surely left the word a better place.
September 16, 2019
Max was the pediatrician to both our daughters Mia and Zoe, starting in 1980. He and Michael Levi were amazing. Committed, talented and human. Our sympathies to his family. Max was unique.
David Unger
September 16, 2019
Kind, humble, clearly brilliant. I always felt comfortable around him. If only we had more like him. Truly a one-of-a-kind soul. I love you.
Dolan Knapp
September 15, 2019
My deepest sympathy to Max's family. I've known Max since our high school days. He was always such a remarkable person and I feel honored to have known him. May he Rest In Peace.
Eleanor Hobbs Jenks
September 14, 2019
I did love Max. He was a wonderful friend, human being and doctor to my children. I will miss him.
Kristin Miles
September 14, 2019
I'm so deeply saddened by this news - Max Kahn was a gem of a doctor - always sweet, smart, and wise. He took really wonderful care of our two sons, and it was a pleasure and a comfort to see him every time. Thinking of his family during this hard time.
Rebecca Stead
September 14, 2019
My children's first pediatrician will be very sorely missed. A wonderful doctor and warm and gentle soul, Dr. Kahn shepherded thousands of families through the trials and tribulations of rearing children without ever raising his voice or losing his patience. Never a thought for himself, this rare man was always available for a question, always there to allay a parent's fear. Our hearts go out to his family who have been deprived of his love and friendship much too early. May his name be a blessing to them.l
Viola Kanevsky
September 14, 2019
The first time I saw Max Kahn, I was a pregnant young woman, gazing through the glass of a hospital nursery. I saw a black haired, black bearded doctor checking a newborn in the nursery. He had a half smile on his face, as if he were enjoying the whole process.
Lucky me, that young man became the pediatrician, with Mike Levi, of our three children. It was clear from the first appointment that this is a kind, intelligent, thoughtful doctor and, above all else, a GOOD MAN. He listened, he cared; he took good care of our children, and by extension, of our whole family. My husband and I and our children mourn your loss, Max Kahn. We were blessed to know you. Our sincerest condolences to his wife and children. Rachel Ringler & Seth Siegel
September 14, 2019
I was so saddened to hear of Max's death. He was a lovely human being; humble, kind, and a fine friend to those that knew him. Life is little less brilliant without Max. My condolences to his Family.
Geri Kearns
September 14, 2019
We have always been so grateful to have Dr Kahn as our pediatrician. He has treated our whole family with warmth and kindness. When my son with just 2 weeks old, I managed to split my head open right before our appointment. Dr Kahn took care of both of us. Our deepest sympathies to the Kahn family.
Nancy M
September 14, 2019
The best portion of a good man's life: his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love. Thank you Max for the honor and privilege of knowing you.
Howard Barbanell
September 13, 2019
He took such good care of me. I was 11 (now 38) and he treated me with kindness. First doctor that ever really listened to me. First time I met him, he had a broken leg, and hopped up on the table next to me.

May his memory be a blessing. Such a lovely human being.
Sara D
September 13, 2019
Dr Kahn, Rest In Peace! You were an amazing Dr for so many young mothers who needed a kind, loving, patient wonderful doctor.
Our hearts go out to Dr Kahn's family.
He is gone too soon but his memory will never be forgotten.
Jackie Stein
September 13, 2019
Dr Kahn took amazing care and always provided the most sound advice for our children who are now 18 and 22 respectively. Our Thoughts and prayers go out to his family. He will be truly missed. We are broken hearted.
Lisa & Jay Nedell
September 13, 2019
Dr. Kahn took such wonderful care of our daughter. I am devastated to hear this news and send my condolences to his family.
Abigail Levy
September 13, 2019
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September 13, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with you and I'm heartbroken at the news. I'm glad I had a chance to know him and I'll remember him fondly.
Jamilla Geter
September 13, 2019
I am grateful for how you cared for my little Adeline Blue when she had difficulty breathing and we didn't know why. You were so gentle... she was terrified and you comforted her like a gentle breeze on a hot summer day. I will never forget you Max. I am also grateful for the closeness you shared with my father, Dr. Benard Dreyer, over the years.
Dimitra Dreyer Dales
September 13, 2019
Dear Kathy, Hazel and Families. I have joyous memories of time spent getting to know cousin Max (and Kathy) at Marc Kahn's wedding. We also shared the journey to Stuttgard travelling down family paths. May you gain some comfort from memories of times spent in celebration and family gatherings.
Barbara Kahn Miller
September 13, 2019
Max was such a mensch. He took wonderful care of our baby son Zach (now 36, with two kids of his own) and it was great being a part of the Ansche Chesed community with him.
We've been in Philadelphia a long, long time but remember him so fondly. Best regards to Kathy. It's a terrible loss.
Betsy and David Teutsch
September 13, 2019
RIP my dearest Max-Maxie-Shmaxie...You were taken too soon from us. I will always love you and miss you. To Kathy, Lizzie and Will - you were the lights of his life. I am so heart broken for your loss.
Deborah Lira
September 13, 2019
I will miss you. Gone too soon and sudden
Stacy Gordon Silverman
September 12, 2019
A one in a million man. Kindness, intelligence and a heart of gold. RIP sweet Max. Love to you, Kathy, Lizzie and Will. ♥
Maria Frucci
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