Pediatric Surgery


Max Langham, MD

Dr. Langham

After earning his medical degree at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD, Dr. Langham completed his surgical residency at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. He then went to Philadelphia, PA and completed a fellowship in pediatric surgery at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.

In 1989 Dr. Langham joined the Division of Pediatric Surgery at the University of Florida as an Assistant Professor and rose to the rank of Professor and Chief. Then, in 2005 he moved to the University of Tennessee in Memphis as Chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery and Director of the Residency Program in Pediatric Surgery.

Dr Langham is a member of a number of professional organizations including the American Surgical Association, the American College of Surgeons, the Surgical Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Pediatric Surgical Association, the Society of University Surgeons, the Southern Surgical Association, and the Halsted Society. Dr. Langham is the immediate past president of the Association of Pediatric Surgeons Training Program Directors.

Research and Specialty Interests

  • NSQIP
  • Liver Tumors
  • Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia
  • General, noncardiac thoracic and hepatobiliary surgery in children

University and Hospital Appointments

  • Professor of Surgery
  • Professor of Pediatrics
  • Vice Chairman Department of Surgery
  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Chair in General Pediatric Oncological Surgery
  • Consulting Surgeon, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN
  • Baptist Memorial Hospital, Memphis, TN; Regional Medical Center, Memphis, TN

Medical School

  • The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Post Graduate Training

  • General Surgery Residency, Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA
  • Pediatric Surgery Fellowship, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, PA

Various Publications

  • Jancelewicz T, Brindle ME, Harting MT, Tolley EA, Langham MR Jr, Lally PA, Gosain A, Storgion SA, Kays DW; Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Study Group. Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Risk Stratification in Newborns with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH). J Pediatr Surg. 2018 Apr 14. pii: S0022-3468(18)30254-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2018.04.014. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29754878.
  • Nguyen R, McCarville MB, Sykes A, Mao S, Wu J, Langham MR Jr, Furman WL. Rapid decrease of serum alpha-fetoprotein and tumor volume predicts outcome in children with hepatoblastoma treated with neoadjuvant chemotherapy. Int J Clin Oncol. 2018 May 9. doi: 10.1007/s10147-018-1285-4. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29744604.
  • Wakeman D, Langham MR Jr. Creating a safer operating room: Groups, team dynamics and crew resource management principles. Semin Pediatr Surg. 2018 Apr;27(2):107-113. doi: 10.1053/j.sempedsurg.2018.02.008. Epub 2018 Feb 9. PubMed PMID: 29548351.
  • Akbilgic O, Langham MR Jr, Walter AI, Jones TL, Huang EY, Davis RL. A novel risk classification system for 30-day mortality in children undergoing surgery. PLoS One. 2018 Jan 19;13(1):e0191176. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0191176. eCollection 2018. PubMed PMID: 29351327; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5774754.
  • Akbilgic O, Langham MR Jr, Davis RL. Race, Preoperative Risk Factors, and Death After Surgery. Pediatrics. 2018 Feb;141(2). pii: e20172221. doi: 10.1542/peds.2017-2221. Epub 2018 Jan 10. PubMed PMID: 29321256.
  • O'Neill AF, Towbin AJ, Krailo MD, Xia C, Gao Y, McCarville MB, Meyers RL, McGahren ED, Tiao GM, Dunn SP, Langham MR Jr, Weldon CB, Finegold MJ, Ranganathan S, Furman WL, Malogolowkin M, Rodriguez-Galindo C, Katzenstein HM. Characterization of Pulmonary Metastases in Children With Hepatoblastoma Treated on Children's Oncology Group Protocol AHEP0731 (The Treatment of Children With All Stages of Hepatoblastoma): A Report From the Children's Oncology Group. J Clin Oncol. 2017 Oct 20;35(30):3465-3473. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2017.73.5654. Epub 2017 Sep 11. PubMed PMID: 28892430; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5648177.

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Board Certifications and Certificates

  • American Board of Surgery, General Surgery
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Surgical Critical Care

Hospital Affiliations

  • Le Bonheur Children's Hospital
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Dr. Langham enjoys Flying: Commercial instrument single engine land rating with tailwheel endorsement; cooking; and spending time with his family. He is married to Sue Langham and they have three children –Audrey, Andrew, and Stephen.