Dr. Mark Holterman started his long, illustrious career at Yale University in 1976. He graduated with honors in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. He completed his education at the University of Virginia where he studied for his Ph.D. and M.D. degrees in Immunology and Medicine.
Dr. Holterman performed his residency in general surgery at the University of Virginia. He arrived at Seattle’s Children’s Hospital for his fellowship in pediatric surgery. Dr. Holterman took advantage of the immunology skills he acquired at the University of Virginia to spend nearly two years performing immunology research at the Clinical Institute of Montreal.
Dr. Holterman returned to Chicago to become a professor at the University of Illinois. This job was essential for perfecting the research skills that he would need to continue his work in the future. Dr. Holterman later joined Advocate Children’s Hospital and remained there for two years. While at this hospital, he performed the duties of chief surgeon. This venue also allowed him to continue perfecting his research skills.
Dr. Holterman is currently a professor of pediatrics and surgery as well as a pediatric surgeon at the University of Illinois. In 2000, Dr. Holterman moved on to Rush University Medical Center where he became the attending pediatric surgeon. At that time, Dr. Holterman operated on thousands of children. He works in pediatric surgery at the Children’s Hospital of OSF Healthcare in Illinois. This dynamic doctor also teaches pediatric surgery to surgical residents and medical students.
Mariam Global Health
In 2012, Dr. Mark Holterman founded Mariam Global Health (MariamGlobalHealth). Along with being the founder of this company, he is also the CEO. Dr. Holterman had the need to assist others, so he set out to help his friends shape their ideas into healthcare initiatives that could benefit people around the world. Autoimmunity and stem cell research are prominent subjects for Dr. Holterman and his colleagues.
Dr. Holterman has a team at Mariam Global Health, and they examine the proposals of medical startup companies in order to find the ones that have the greatest potential to shine. These companies receive the funds that they need to follow through with their ideas, but Dr. Holterman also stays in touch with them long enough to give them managerial assistance.
Dr. Holterman is an expert at keeping costs at an extremely reasonable level. This comes from Dr. Holterman’s own experience. In the past, investors promised to give him the money he needed for various projects, but sometimes, these investors would renege on their pledges. Because Dr. Holterman knows that he has to prepare his students for this possibility, they are never completely devastated when promised funds fail to materialize.
Impact innovators who become involved with Mariam Global Health have a chance to bring the products and services that they imagined to fruition. They even find that they are in a position to expand their businesses in a shorter period of time than they would have without Dr. Holterman. By working with Dr. Holterman, they are ready to combat the most intimidating illnesses and are well on their way to changing medical care for the better.
The International Pediatric Specialists Alliance for the Children of Vietnam
People from all over the world receive the help that Dr. Holterman can offer them, but International Pediatric Specialists Alliance for the Children of Vietnam is especially significant. This is a charity to which Dr. Holterman donates a significant amount of his money and time. It’s also a charity that has a lot to teach physicians all over the world. The purpose of this charity that is known as “IPSAC-VN” is to find ways to strengthen Vietnam’s healthcare system.
The charity arranges for surgeons and other medical personnel to volunteer their time to surgical centers throughout Vietnam. Because the facilities in these areas may not have everything that they need to be fully equipped, the volunteers offer the hospitals and the clinics medical equipment that has been donated to them in the U.S. IPSAC-VN has its eye on the rural locations of Vietnam because it is so difficult for the people who live in these areas to find adequate healthcare. One of the charity’s goals is to set up well-equipped medical facilities in these areas.
The main goal of IPSAC-VN is to be a teaching facility. Surgical students have the opportunity to receive their training in Vietnam. It also provides the medical staff that is currently working in Vietnam with the additional training that they are lacking at the moment. To accomplish this very valuable objective, the volunteers run medical classes.
The group also brings Vietnamese medical doctors to the United States to study in an American setting for two months. Anyone who participates in the IPSAC-VN exchange program has the chance to be involved in the research projects that are being done in America and get to know American medical professionals. This presents the opportunity to learn the ways in which each side operates in different medical situations (https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/mariam-global-health).
A Personal Look at Mark
Mark received more than just his degrees at the University of Virginia. It was there that he met another medical student by the name of “Ai-Xuan,” and they decided to get married. Mrs. Holterman wasn’t planning on jumping into pediatric surgery, but she was so impressed with the way that pediatrics fulfilled her new husband’s life that she decided to become a pediatric surgeon as well. The two of them are now the parents of three boys.
Dr. Holterman’s main hobby is reading, and his favorite subjects tend to be those that have a social impact. When he is recommending a book to entrepreneurs, it tends to be “Hero: Being Strong Fathers Your Children Need.” He knows that this is not a book dedicated to business, but lessons on society in general and human resource management are incorporated into this book.
Dr. Mark Holterman has received several awards, and one of them is the Patients’ Choice Award. He has also been listed as one of Castle Connolly’s “America’s Top Doctors” seven times.