Dr. Mark Holterman is dedicated to the care of others, especially children. His devotion is shown by both his commitment as a pediatric surgeon and through his financial support of organizations throughout the world.
One of the organizations Mark Holterman helped to establish is the International Pediatric Specialists Alliance for the Children of Vietnam, also known as IPSAC-VN. Members of the group provide surgical and other forms of medical care in the nation where his wife was born. Concentrating in the rural areas that have fewer resources, IPSAC-VN also provides needed medical equipment and helps Vietnamese doctors who wish to continue their medical studies in the United States. Mark Holterman is a regular contributor to the organization, which is fulfilling his dream of making sure children receive the medical care they need (Ideamensch).
Mark Holterman also played a vital role in the creation of Mariam Global Health, which helps provides funding for upstart medical technology firms. Entrepreneurs who may not have been helped elsewhere can often find the assistance they need from this financial organization. Its members have the role of deciding who is most deserving of the funding that can advance medical research. One of the latest medical advancements about which Dr. Mark Holterman is himself passionate is stem cell research. He in fact helped establish the Alliance for the Advancement of Cellular Therapies, which is dedicated to publicizing the role of stem cell research.
Mark Holterman learned the importance of hard work early in his life. The labor habits that he acquired through the chores he performed on his family’s farm in Wisconsin and through his subsequent work in his father’s construction business would prove useful in his medical schooling. Majoring in biology at Yale University, he later obtained his medical degree from the University of Virginia, where he also completed his residency training. In addition to his many humanitarian efforts, Dr. Mark Holterman continues to practice pediatric surgery in the Chicago area. He and his wife have three children.