Many children aspire to follow in their parents’ footsteps. Others choose their own paths. Dr. Mark Holterman was one of those children who decided to choose their own path. Originally from Wisconsin, Dr. Holterman was a child who was raised by parents who didn’t attend college, but rather owned a farm. He excelled in school, prompting one of his teachers to suggest that he attend Yale. This apparently sparked his interest, as he attended Yale as a biology major, and graduated cum laude in 1980. Dr. Mark Holterman was only beginning his path towards greatness.
After completing his undergraduate studies, he attended the University of Virginia’s medical school where he earned a Ph.D. and MD in Medicine and Immunology. After completing a general surgery residency and becoming a pediatric surgery fellow, Dr. Mark Holterman quickly developed quite an impressive resume. He was an instructor at the University of Washington, a research associate at the Clinical Research Institute of Montreal, a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the surgeon-in-chief at the Advocate Children’s Hospital, and an attending pediatric surgeon at the Rush University Medical Center.
After practicing medicine for over 20 years, Dr. Mark Holterman remains active in the field. He is currently a professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine-Peoria, where he also conducts research involving stem cell treatments, regenerative treatments, and methods for treating cancer and diabetes. He is also active as the CEO and founder of Mariam Global Health, an investment firm that funds and manages innovative medical businesses.
Dr. Mark Holterman is also involved in many charitable efforts. He is the co-founder of The Hannah Sunshine Foundation, which is a nonprofit organization that locates and treats children who suffer from rare chronic illnesses. Additionally, he is a surgeon and lecturer for the International Pediatric Specialists Alliance for the Children of Vietnam (IPSAC-VN), a nonprofit organization that makes pediatric care more accessible in Vietnam (https://gazetteday.com/2017/10/dr-mark-holterman-child-hero/) . Dr. Mark Holterman’s lifelong commitment to helping others makes it undoubtedly clear that he continues to make the world a better place than he found it.