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Max Kosersky Robbin was born with a congenital cardiac malformation. At eighteen months he came to the Columbia University Medical Center, where he eventually had two open-heart surgeries.

Growing up in New York was a delight for Max. He learned magic and visited magicians at Ruben's Deli on Saturday mornings, studied chess with a Russian master, and learned the Tea Ceremony at the Urasenke Chanoyu Center of New York. Forced to be careful with his diet, Max became an accomplished chef, and treated friends and family to elaborate meals. Throughout his life, Max was a dedicated reader; Salman Rushdie, Richard Ford, and John Le Carre were his favorite authors. Max loved to travel and, with his parents, visited Canada, Scotland, Italy, Hungary, and Japan.

Max was a graduate of Hunter College High School and Oberlin College, with a major in philosophy.

He also studied film at New York University and interned at the film company Good Machine. After college, Max studied and worked at the International Center for Photography (ICP). Taking photographs was a lifelong interest; during the years he spent at ICP, he developed into a serious photographer who produced haunting images of nature. Everywhere Max studied, he made devoted friends.


Throughout his life, Max had periods when his heart condition dominated: interrupting his schooling, denying him relationships, frustrating his plans.

Max Robbin was applying to film schools when he died on November 14, 2006, due to complications of emergency abdominal surgery. He was 29 years old.
Encouraging the special care of the adult patient born with a heart defect


The Max Robbin Fund for Adult Congenital Heart Disease.  Columbia University Medical Center