A Brief Look at Renowned Pediatric Surgeon Dr. Mark Holterman

Dr. Mark Holterman began his life with a humble beginning on a Wisconsin farm. His education into medicine began at Yale University where he studied Biology. He would earn his Bachelor of Arts in1980 from Yale and graduated cum laude. Dr. Holterman’s next step in education took him to the University of Virginia. There he attended graduate school and earned an MD and Ph.D. in Immunology and Medicine. After finishing his general residency, he moved to Washington state with his family. He worked at the Seattle Children’s Hospital where he completed his fellowship in Pediatric Surgery.

Dr. Mark Holterman’s vast career was only beginning at this point. He has since gained over two decades of experience in the medical field. Dr. Holterman currently acts as the CEO of Mariam Global Health which is an investment firm which funds innovative medical businesses. He is also an active faculty member at the University of Illinois in their College of Medicine. Dr. Holterman also still holds medical positions at St. Francis Medical Center, the Advocate Christ Children’s Hospital, and the Children’s Hospital of Illinois. He is a pediatric surgeon at these institutions.

At the University of Illinois, he is an avid researcher focusing on stem cell and other regenerative treatments. He has also made strides in fighting diabetes and was honored with the Innovative Research Award from the American Diabetes Association. Dr. Mark Holterman’s passion for regenerative medicine and pediatrics led him to co-found The Hannah Sunshine-Foundation which is a charitable foundation that aims to help children with rare chronic illnesses. The organization reaches out to the families of these children to grant them access to regenerative medicine on the cellular level to help cure or improve the child’s condition.

Dr. Holterman’s charitable contributions don’t stop there. When visiting Vietnam with his wife in 2007 he was shocked by the conditions some of the hospitals were forced to function in. He along with his wife, Ai-Xuan Le Holterman, and the chief surgeon at the largest hospital in Ho Chi Minh City formed the International Pediatric Specialists Alliance for the Children of Vietnam.