Dr. Mark Holterman, Innovative Pediatric Surgeon and Global Businessman

Dr. Mark Holterman is a world-renowned pediatrician and pediatric surgeon who has saved the lives of countless children. A staunch advocate of stem cell therapy, Dr. Holterman is currently Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Illinois Medical College, and he also serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Mariam Global Health.

Mark Holterman grew up in Wisconsin as the child of two parents who had never had the opportunity to go to college. He was an exceptional student in high school, so exceptional that faculty encouraged him to apply to Yale University. He eventually received his degree in Biology from Yale before graduating from the University of Virginia Medical School, and while studying at Virginia, Mark discovered his passion for pediatric care and surgery, which sparked his desire to become a pediatric surgeon.


The Innovative Study

In recent years, Dr. Holterman has dedicated himself to researching innovative medical treatments, particularly in the field of regenerative medicine. Regenerative medicine focuses on restoring the function of organs and tissues that have been damaged and won’t respond to more traditional forms of therapy (Medicaldailytimes).

Stem cell therapy is one of the cornerstones of regenerative medicine, and Dr. Holterman, who has long been an advocate for increased stem cell therapies, currently conducts extensive stem cell research, at the University of Illinois. But Dr. Holterman has also spent his time researching other forms of regenerative therapy, particularly new and innovative methods of fighting cancer and diabetes. In recognition of his contributions to the field, the American Diabetes Association honored him with their Innovative Research Award.

Mark Holtermann is perhaps best known for his philanthropic work, which has been focused primarily on providing pediatric care to children in underprivileged areas. During a trip to his wife Ai-Xuan’s home country of Vietnam, Mark and his wife were appalled at the state of pediatric care, and thus they helped to create the International Pediatric Specialists Alliance for the Children of Vietnam. This foundation focuses on improving conditions in Vietnamese pediatric hospitals, as well as making pediatric care more accessible in general by providing more hospitals and more pediatricians. Dr. Holterman also founded the Hannah Sunshine Foundation, a non-profit that provides regenerative treatments to children suffering from rare, life-threatening chronic conditions.