Dr. Mark Holterman is a researcher, surgeon, educator and philanthropist. His charitable work with the International Pediatric Specialists Alliance for the Children of Vietnam or IPSAC-VN, is what stands out the most. Mark came from humble beginnings, raised on a farm in Wisconsin. His parents had never gone to college, but that didn’t stop Mark from graduating from Yale University in 1980. He majored in biology and moved on to the University of Virginia, where he attended medical school. His intention was to become a pediatrician or a medical scientist. During his time at the University of Virginia he met Ai-Xuan Le, a future surgeon who was completing her medical residency. She was a graduate from Texas Christian University and immediately sparked Mark’s interest (peoria.medicine.uic.edu). They fell in love, and both inspired each other to become pediatric surgeons.
In 1988 the successful duo got married and had three sons, Alex, Nathan, and Isaac. After completing his residency at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center, Mark and Ai-Xuan moved to Seattle, Washington. He completed his fellowship at the University of Washington’s Children’s Hospital, and then worked as a research associate at the Clinical Research Institute of Montreal in Quebec, Canada.
Today, Mark Holterman is the CEO of Mariam Global Health, an investment firm. He also is a faculty member of the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He is a professor at the college teaching surgery and pediatrics. Mark also studies regenerative medicine and treatments at the University, finding methods to fight diabetes and cancer. He was honored with the Innovative Research Award by The American Diabetes Association.
Mark Holterman founded The Hannah Sunshine Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps children access regenerative treatments for their chronic rare illnesses. He belongs to the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Pediatrics.