Dr. Mark Holterman is a pediatric surgeon, educator and CEO, and he’s come a long way. Hailing from Wisconsin, in a family where neither parents had gone to college, he excelled so much that he was accepted to Yale University, and earned a BA in biology, graduating cum laude (Facebook). From there, he went to the University of Virginia, where he earned a PhD in immunology and biology.
Since graduating, Dr. Holterman has only advanced in his field. He is currently the CEO of the Mariam Global Health Fund, which he founded in 2012. Mariam Global Health focuses on investing in and managing businesses that develop scientific advancement, something that Dr. Holterman is very eager about. Dr. Holterman is also a professor of surgery and pediatrics at University of Illinois, having been teaching at the university in some capacity since 1997. Additionally, from 2000 to 2012, he was an attending pediatric surgeon at Rush University Medical Center.
Dr. Holterman has been recognized in many ways for his innovative work and research, having been awarded the Innovative Research Award by the American Diabetes Association and the America’s Top Doctors award by Castle Connolly. He is also a member of the American Pediatric Surgery Association, specifically the Obesity Committee, and a scientific program committee chair at the Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons. He is also a fellow at the American College of Surgeons and the surgical section of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. Holterman is deeply grateful for all of the success and accomplishments he has achieved in his life, saying that he wakes up and goes to bed saying a prayer, because one should always be thankful for everything that happens. He is dedicated to proving the best care possible for his patients, and admired for his kind personality and ability to listen. Dr. Holterman is highly intelligent, warning people who are following in his steps to avoid groupthink and to accept criticism graciously, as others can have valuable ideas, and saying that rejection can sometimes be a blessing in disguise. Dr. Holterman is someone we should all look up to!