The Man Who Saved Vietnamese Children From the Brink of Death: Dr. Mark Holterman

Work with International Pediatric Specialists Alliance for the Children of Vietnam

Dr. Mark Holterman, a pediatric surgeon, Professor of Pediatrics and Surgery at the University of Illinois in Chicago, and CEO of Mariam Global Health-a corporation he founded- devotes his time and energy to helping advance technology for pediatric surgery, as well as saving the lives of children all over the world with his passion for Pediatric surgery. Not only is Dr. Holterman an accomplished surgeon and instructor, but Dr. Holterman also assists in the global effort to improve the medical care of children in places in dire need of assistance. Dr. Holterman generously supports the organization International Pediatric Specialists Alliance for the Children of Vietnam (IPSAC-VN). IPSAC-VN could not function without the efforts of individuals such as Dr. Holterman, who make it possible for volunteers to help run the hands-on operations of the organization. Dr. Holterman and the IPSAC-VN assist healthcare workers in Vietnam with the vital work that comes with pediatric surgery. Dr. Holterman’s work with IPSAC-VN helps provide patient care, teaching resources, and surgery at hospitals who partner with the program. In order to volunteer for IPSAC-VN, one must hold a current license in the field of healthcare, a valid visa, and a CV.


To work with Dr. Holterman in IPSAC-VN would mean contributing to the future of medicine for children across the globe.


Education Background


Not only does Dr. Holterman have a passion for global relief and providing medicine to places with fewer resources, he holds an esteemed background in medicine, as well as a passion for his field of pediatrics. After attending the prestigious Ivy League institution Yale University, where he studied the sciences, Dr. Holterman, then known simply as Mark, graduated cum laude. His next step was to attend the University of Virginia for graduate school. At the University of Virginia, he graduated with his MD and Ph.D. in medicine and immunology, making him officially Dr. Mark Holterman.

Professional Career

Remarkably well experienced, Dr. Holterman was an instructor of surgery from 1993 to 1995 at the University of Washington. In his medical training, Dr. Holterman underwent his fellowship in Pediatric Surgery at Seattle’s Children after finishing his residency in General Surgery at the University of Virginia, where he went to medical school.


In addition to his basic and translational research skills, Dr. Holterman also put his skills from his time in medical school studying Immunology at the University of Virginia to work by performing immunology research for nearly two years in the nineties at the Clinical Institute of Montreal.


From July of 1997 to December of 2010, Dr. Holterman gained teaching experience as a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he brilliantly developed basic and translational research programs.


Dr. Mark Holterman was also the chief surgeon for two years at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois. There Dr. Holterman’s responsibilities included providing clinical surgical care for infants and children under eighteen. Dr. Holterman also engulfed himself in basic scientific and translational medical research, and Dr. Holterman also provided instruction to medical students and surgical residents as part of his position as the Chief of Pediatric Surgery.


Previously, Dr. Holterman worked as the Attending Pediatric Surgeon at Rush University Medical Center from August of 2000, to July 2012. In his twelve years at Rush University Medical Center, Dr. Holterman provided life-saving care for thousands of patients.


Currently, Dr. Holterman serves as the CEO and Chief Medical Officer of Mariam Global Health, a company he founded to invest in businesses in order to make an impact on global health, where he has worked for five years navigating the complexities of regenerative medicine. He also has served as a pediatric surgeon in the Children’s Hosptial of OSF Healthcare. Part of Dr. Holterman’s bustling career is his work as a professor at the University of Illinois, where he teaches both medical students and surgical residents the intricate nature of pediatric medicine.

Work with Patients


In his nearly thirty years of medical experience, Dr. Holterman holds incredibly high esteem with his patients. Dr. Holterman is affiliated with Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Loyola University Medical Center and St Alexius Medical Center. Dr. Holterman has received the award for one of America’s Top Doctors in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017. This award is given to a doctor who is highly regarded by peers and medical professionals, so naturally, Dr. Holterman was a multi-year recipient. In addition to being highly regarded by the medical community, Dr. Holterman is a favorite among patients, as he won the Patient’s Choice Award, rewarding a favorite doctor among patients, in 2012, 2014, and 2015. Dr. Holterman also won the One Time Doctor award in 2014 and 2015, celebrating his high ratings and timely appointment schedule. Remarking on his desirable bedside manner, in 2012, 2014, and 2015, Dr. Holterman also won the Compassionate Doctor Recognition.


His expertise in Biliary Atresia, liver transplantation minimally invasive surgical procedures, newborn medicine (Neonatology), and Short Bowel Syndrome has made him a trusted name among his patients and their families.


Parents describe Dr. Holterman as kind, compassionate, and a good listener. Dr. Holterman is quick to meet his patients’ needs and does not keep them waiting. Not only is Dr. Holterman an incredible medical doctor, but his staff is friendly and prompt. His decades of medical experience cause him to stand out from other doctors, as he listens to his instincts in order to save lives.



Dr. Holterman is easily one of the greatest Pediatric surgeons. His decades of experience and dutiful education have provided him the tools necessary to support the world’s most precious population, children. Not only is Dr. Holterman concerned with patients in his home-town, but globally as well. His work in Vietnam shows his true passion for children and medicine and reflects on him not purely professionally, but personally as well. Many doctors do not manage to become a highly regarded member of their field and maintaining superb personal skills, but Dr. Holterman is truly one of a kind.

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