Undergraduate: Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA
Medical School: Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, PA
Internship: Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI
Ophthalmology Residency: University of Michigan W. K. Kellogg Eye Center, Ann Arbor, MI
Retina Fellowship: Associated Retinal Consultants, William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI
Dr. Maxwell Stem was the valedictorian of his high school class, and he graduated Summa Cum Laude from Juniata College with a degree in biology. As a medical student at Penn State University, Dr. Stem was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society and also received the Exemplary Medical Student Award for his contributions to research, clinical medicine, community service, and leadership. Dr. Stem performed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Michigan W. K. Kellogg Eye Center, where he was awarded the LaBerge award for excellence in research and the Paul R. Lichter Resident Mentor Award for his leadership and dedication to teaching. Dr. Stem completed his two-year vitreoretinal surgery fellowship at Associated Retinal Consultants/William Beaumont Hospital, during which time he received the Retina Fellows’ Forum Research Award for his work on sutureless intrascleral intraocular lens implantation. Dr. Stem then served as an attending vitreoretinal surgeon at Wills Eye Hospital for one year before deciding to move back to central Pennsylvania to be closer to his family.
Dr. Stem is Board Certified in Ophthalmology and is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Retina Specialists, the Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology, and the American Medical Association. He has authored numerous scientific publications and textbook chapters on vitreoretinal diseases, and has been an invited speaker to present scientific papers and abstracts at national ophthalmic meetings. Dr. Stem’s areas of interest include macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusions, retinal tears/detachments, macular puckers, macular holes, complications of cataract surgery, and secondary intraocular lens implantation.
Dr. Stem and his wife are both from Pennsylvania and have two children. He enjoys spending time with his family, working on small home improvement projects, hiking, camping, skiing, and nearly any other outdoor activity. He is thrilled to be living and working in central Pennsylvania again and for the opportunity to deliver world-class retina care to patients in our region.