Rochester neurosurgeon Jim Maxwell recently announced his candidacy for New York’s 25th Congressional District.
“We deserve better,” Maxwell said. “Whether it’s dysfunctional political leadership, ignoring the needs of working families or putting their own interests first, D.C. insiders just don’t get it anymore. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to know Congress is broken, but it just might take one to fix it.”
Born at St. Mary’s Hospital, Maxwell is a lifelong Monroe County resident who has practiced neurosurgery in Rochester since 1982. He grew up with three siblings in the village of Pittsford and East Rochester, where he learned the value of a hard day’s work from his parents and his work as a lifeguard, switchboard operator and groundskeeper.
Maxwell graduated from McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester, and earned his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and medical degree from Columbia University in New York City. He received a fellowship in neuropathology at London’s Queen Square Hospital in 1980, and completed his neurosurgery residency in 1981. Maxwell returned to Rochester in 1982 to start his neurosurgical career.
“Throughout my 35-year medical career here in Rochester, if patients didn’t have health insurance or couldn’t pay their medical bills, that didn’t matter to me,” Maxwell said. “I treated them anyway, because people always come first. It’s time our elected leaders put politics aside, and put hardworking Rochester families ahead of themselves. That’s exactly what I will do as your next congressman.”
Maxwell has served as chief of neurosurgery at Rochester General Hospital since 1998. Throughout his career, he practiced surgery at Rochester-area hospitals including Rochester General, St. Mary’s, Unity, Genesee, F.F. Thompson, Lakeside and Strong Memorial. In addition to his surgical duties, Maxwell trains senior neurosurgical residents from Strong Memorial Hospital and serves as a faculty member in the University of Rochester Department of Neurosurgery. Maxwell has performed over 7,000 surgeries and roughly 20,000 patient consultations since 1982.
Maxwell and his wife, Janice Kelly, raised three children. Janice died from breast cancer in 2015. Maxwell said there was nothing more important to them than securing a bright future for their three children and four grandchildren, so that’s why he decided to take action.
“We owe it to the next generation to fix the mess our leaders have gotten us into,” Maxwell said. “Like you, I’m disappointed by the status quo in Congress and the empty promises we’ve been given from our elected officials. They’ve turned their back on us. Enough is enough. It’s time to get Congress back to working for us, fix health care to put patients first and bring jobs back to Rochester.”
Maxwell said he will “restore integrity in Washington, fight to fix the broken federal government and get the results Monroe County deserves” as representative for New York’s 25th Congressional District.
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