Pediatrician, Surgeon, Researcher, CEO, Educator, and Philanthropist: The Story of Dr. Mark Holterman

Dr. Mark Holterman’s connection to Vietnam is through his wife Ai-Xuan. Ai-Xuan and her family came to the US after the fall of Saigon. Both the Holtermans are Pediatric Surgeons and are involved with the International Pediatric Specialists Alliance for the Children of Vietnam (IPSAC-VN).

IPSAC-VN works to improve pediatric care in Vietnam. Doctors who volunteer through the program serve in a number of Vietnamese hospitals. In addition to treating patients, they assist in the educating their colleagues in South East Asia.

Dr. Mark Holterman was born to a farming family in Wisconsin. A 1980 graduate of Yale University with a degree in Biology his medical degree is from the University of Virginia. He completed his Surgical Residency at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center. A fellowship at the University of Washington’s Children’s Hospital and Medical Center followed.

While enrolled at the University of Virginia he took advantage of an opportunity to study Medical Science through a National Institutes of Health program. Dr. Holterman spent two years as a Research Associate at Quebec’s Clinical Research Institute of Montreal.

At the University of Illinois, he has been involved in cancer, obesity, and stem cell research. The Regenerative Medicine research he conducted there prompted him to co-found the non-profit Hanna Sunshine Foundation. The HSF seeks to employ Regenerative Medicine to the treatment of rare chronic diseases in children. Dr. Mark Holterman’s Diabetes research earned him the Innovative Research Award from the American Diabetes Association.

The researcher in Dr. Mark Holterman brought out the entrepreneur in him. He is currently the CEO of the Mariam Global Health. He established the organization to finance medical advancements (

For the last seven years, Dr. Holterman has been a member of the University of Illinois College of Medicine faculty. A full professor he teaches surgery and pediatrics. He performs surgeries at hospitals associated with the University of Illinois, Advocate Christ Children’s Hospital, and St. Francis Medical Center.

Currently, Dr. Mark Holterman is into his second decade of practice. On out of a possible five stars, his patients give him a 4.6 rating.