Pediatric surgery is a very exacting specialty that requires great surgical skill as well as great compassion for both the child and his family. Dr. Mark Holterman is an extraordinary example of the very best in American Pediatric surgery. He is not only highly trained, and very experienced but is also widely known for his compassion for his patients and for his innovative research. In addition, Dr. Holterman not only demonstrates great compassion for his own patients but also for patients in foreign countries traveling there to train local Pediatric surgeons in the latest surgical techniques. He is indeed a 20th century Renaissance man.
Dr. Mark Holterman graduated from Yale University cum laude with a BA degree in Biology and then attended the University of Virginia Medical School in their exclusive MD and Ph.D. medical training program. After graduating from medical school, he then went on to complete a General surgery residency program at UVA and a Fellowship in Pediatric Surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Holterman is Board Certified in Pediatric Surgery by the American Board of Surgery. With over thirty years of surgical experience, Dr. Mark Holterman is currently an attending Pediatric Surgeon, a Full Professor teaching Surgery and Pediatrics to medical students and residents at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria, Illinois, and CEO of Mariam Global which is a global investment firm specializing in regenerative medicine. Dr. Mark Holterman has been a recipient of the Patent’s Choice Award, America’s Top Doctor Honor and has received Compassionate Doctor Recognition in 2012,2014 and 2015.
Dr. Mark Holterman has also received the Innovative Research Award from the American Diabetic Association for his innovative research involving cellular therapies in autoimmune diseases (http://www.vitals.com/doctors/Dr_Mark_Holterman.html). Specifically, Dr. Holterman is researching the use of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC’s) which are stem cells taken from fat cells, bone marrow, umbilical cord blood or placental tissue and which can grow into many different cell types. He also helped establish the Hannah Sunshine Fund which focuses on the use of cellular and regenerative therapies for children with rare diseases. In addition, Dr. Mark Holterman is a staunch supporter of the International Pediatric Specialists Alliance for the Children of Vietnam (IPSAC-VN) which helps healthcare professionals in Vietnam improve Pediatric Surgical Care.
Dr. Mark Holterman is a rare combination of a superbly gifted Pediatric surgeon who is also a great humanitarian, a renowned teacher and a forward-looking innovator always willing to do whatever he can to help improve the health of society.