Max Wayne Hammonds was born Aug 3, 1943, in northeastern Indiana, in the county hospital in Wabash. He attended high school and college in his home town of North Manchester and attended Indiana University Medical School in Indianapolis. Following an internship in South Bend, IN and a year of flight medicine in the Air Force, he took a residency in anesthesiology at Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX.
Hammonds served two years as an anesthesiologist at Fairchild Air Force Base, then resigned his commission to take up the private practice of anesthesiology in Walla Walla, WA. He was active as elder and SS teacher in the Eastgate SDA Church. After assisting in the establishment of the Health Education Center in Spokane, he established the Health Education Center in Walla Walla. He was instrumental in establishing and served as president of the Adventist Nurse Service Agency, the precedent organization of the Visiting Nurse Program at Walla Walla General Hospital. After ten years there, he and his family took an assignment as missionaries to Bangkok, Thailand as representatives of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He served as anesthesiologist and administrator there for almost four years.
Hammonds and his family returned to the States to practice anesthesiology in Hendersonville, NC for 18 years. On the birth of a grandson, he and his wife retired and moved to Kenneth City, FL to take up grandson sitting full time.
In his professional life he was a Fellow of the American College of Anesthesiologists, a Diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiologists, and a Diplomat of the American Academy of Pain Management. With his wife Carolyn, an intensive care nurse and lecturer in intensive care, while in the military and in Walla Walla, he established and directed several intensive care units. He also co-founded a respiratory therapy school.
In addition, he earned a Masters Degree in Public Health and a Masters Degree in Health Administration from Loma Linda University School of Health.
Hammonds was a member of the state and local county medical societies where he resided, serving as president and education director of the county society in Henderson County, NC. He is currently a retired member of the AMA and American Society of Anesthesiologists.
Currently, Hammonds is quite active in his local Seventh-day Adventist Church, serving as head elder and teacher. He is teaching his grandson to sail, plays several musical instruments for fun, and enjoys gardening. He writes poetry and is a playwright for his local church.
He has been published, both prose and poetry, in the international church magazine, the Adventist Review. His most recent publication is a 700-page historical novel, The Indomitable Gertrude Green (Review and Herald Publishing), a true life account of a missionary nurse in China during the WWII and Red Chinese take-over. He also writes a health column for several publications.