The Story of Chicago Pediatrician Dr. Mark Holterman

Dr. Mark Holterman is an educator, researcher, and surgeon. His schedule is full, year round. But that does not stop Dr. Mark Holterman from making his contributions in the non-profit sector (Facebook). He has done a lot of work for the International Pediatric Specialists Alliance for the Children of Vietnam.

Dr. Mark Holterman was raised in Wisconsin. His parents had never attended college, but they owned a farm. Dr. Mark Holterman excelled in high school, which inspired one of his high school teachers to tell him to go to Yale University, which is where he completed his undergraduate degree. Dr. Mark Holterman studied biology at Yale University as an undergraduate student. Dr. Mark Holterman graduated in 1980, and then decided to attend medical school at the University of Virginia. His goal when he went into medical school was to become a pediatrician, and also a medical scientist, which was possible because of his participation in the National Institutes of Health program.

Dr. Mark Holterman also met Ai-Xuan Le, who graduated from Texas Christian University. The two would influence each other by expanding their passions for what they each wanted to do in the medical industry. Ai-Xuan had a passion for surgery, which inspired Mark to become a surgeon as well as a pediatrician. Ai-Xuan become a pediatric surgeon because of Mark’s interest in pediatrics.

Dr. Mark Holterman and Ai-Xuan got married in 1988 and had three sons, named Isaac, Nathan, and Alex. After graduating from the University of Virginia, Dr. Mark Holterman became a surgery resident at the University of Virginia Health Science Center.

Dr. Mark Holterman is now the CEO of Mariam Global Health, which funds and helps to manage new and innovative medical businesses ( Dr. Mark Holterman is also a faculty member of the University of Illinois College of Medicine, and has worked as a professor there since 2011.