The History Behind the Prodigious Pediatrician, Dr. Mark Holterman


The Pediatrician Himself

This article describes the career and charitable works of Dr. Mark Holterman, a gifted pediatrician and remarkable surgeon. His life from college to his multi-decade career as a Pediatric surgeon showcases his various endeavors from teaching medical students to making it possible for children in Vietnam to receive life-saving medical care.

Education Background: Ivy League Scholar 

Dr. Mark Holterman is a well regarded, internationally experienced Pediatric surgeon.

  • His education background began at Yale University where he earned his undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology, and he graduated with honors(cum laude).
  • After his undergraduate studies, Dr. Holterman attended the University of Virginia for his MD and Ph.D. in Immunology and Medicine. Dr. Holterman’s training is remarkable in both breadth and depth. Dr. Holterman’s medical experience culminating in his position as a chief Pediatric surgeon includes various positions as a doctor (

Twenty-nine Years of Medical Practice

  • Holterman has multiple specialties and areas of interest.
    • Biliary Atresia, liver transplantation minimally invasive surgical procedures, newborn medicine (Neonatology), and Short Bowel Syndrom make up some of Dr. Holterman’s most well-established practices.
  • Holterman acted as the director of surgery from 1993 to 1995 at the University of Washington.
  • Holterman’s residency in General Surgery at the University of Virginia, the same place where he got his medical degree and Ph.D.
  • Holterman did his fellowship in Pediatric Surgery at Seattle’s Children Hospital.
  • Holterman translated his skills work with immunology from UVA to immunology research for a year and eleven months at the Clinical Institute of Montreal
  • July of 1997 to December of 2010, Dr. Holterman taught as a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. There he worked on his research skills that would later become an integral part of his career
  • Holterman worked as the chief surgeon for two years at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois. Dr. Holterman’s was a clinical doctor and surgeon for infants and children.
  • Holterman also further developed his research skills at Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois.
  • Holterman instructed medical students and surgical residents when he was the Chief of Pediatric Surgery.
  • Holterman is currently a Pediatric surgeon and a professor of pediatrics and surgery at the University of Illinois in Chicago
  • He helped found and is currently the CEO of Mariam Global Health
    • Here he gives his time to the advancement of technological innovations and investment of business to help process Pediatric surgery
      • The work done at Mariam Global Health helps children all over the world.
    • Holterman was an Attending Pediatric Surgeon at Rush University Medical Center from 2000-2012. As an attending, Dr. Holterman performed countless surgeries for children
    • For the past five years, Dr. Holterman has acted as the CEO and Chief Medical Officer of his company, Mariam Global Health.
      • Here he pursues regenerative medicine
    • Holterman currently works in Pediatric surgery at the Children’s Hosptial of OSF Healthcare in Illinois.
    • Holterman also is a professor at the University of Illinois.
      • He is a teacher of Pediatric surgery to medical students and surgical residents

Patient and Peer Favorite

Dr. MarkHolterman’s patients adore his impeccable skills as a surgeon just as much as his patient and caring bedside skills.

  • Not only has Dr. Holterman worked in Pediatrics and Surgery for twenty-nine years, he has won multiple awards nominated by colleagues and patients.
    • Holterman received the Award for one of America’s Top Doctors’s
      • Years won: 2008, 2010,2012, 2013,2014,2015, and 2017
        • This award showcases how highly Dr. Holterman’s peers in the medical profession regard him.
      • A favorite doctor with his patients, Dr. Holterman as won the Patient’s Choice Award.
        • Years won: 2012, 2014 and 2015.
      • Holterman won the One Time Doctor Award. This award showcases his superb rankings as a physician, as well as his keenly organized office staff and appointment schedule.
        • Years won: 2012, 2014, and 2015
      • Patients and their families use exceptionally complementary language regarding Dr. Holterman’s bedside manner and medical practice.
      • According to his patients, Dr. Holterman has been described as:
        • Organized
          • Appointments are kept and patients are seen in a timely manner.
        • Well-staffed
          • Medical staff for Dr. Holterman are prompt and friendly
        • A good listener
          • Holterman is remarkably patient with young children. He listens to their concerns and answers their questions, as well as the questions of their parents.
        • Fast at making decisions
          • His twenty-nine years in medical practice including surgery and research make him apt at making fast, necessary decisions that lead to life-saving interventions for vulnerable children both in his practice home of Illinois and in his charitable work in Vietnam.

International Efforts- IPSAC-VN

Dr. Holterman, through Mariam Global Health, provides assistance for the organization International Pediatric Specialists Alliance for the Children of Vietnam (IPSAC-VN). Mariam Global Health invests in business ventures that assist in the advancement of medical technology that can be transported globally.

  • IPSAC-VN is run by volunteers who have current medical licenses.
  • Holterman and his company Mariam Global Health invests in business advances to propel the IPSAC-VN.
  • Holterman’s works with IPSAC-VN to help patients, teach doctors in Vietnam and provide surgery at hospitals who are part of the program.
  • If one is interested in volunteering for IPSAC-VN, one must hold a current license in the field of healthcare, a valid visa, and a CV.
    • To join Dr. Holterman and IPSAC-VN’s efforts to provide medical care for children in Vietnam would mean bringing critically necessary healthcare to nations in dire need.


Finishing Touches

If one is looking for a physician for their children or found in an emergency situation where surgery or immediate care is necessary, Dr. Mark Holterman hold the pertinent skills required to save lives. Children are remarkably lucky to encounter Dr. Holterman if they find themselves in a situation that requires his attention, as he was born to listen to and help them. Parents can rest easy when their child is sick, for Dr. Holterman’s skills ranging from immunology and research to general surgery provide him the utmost confidence to care for and look after their children.

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  1. Oh, 29 years of medical practice is genuinely a verification of how good Dr. Mark Holterman was with his craft. Amazing dedication to his desire!

  2. Good article to tackle and talk about Dr. Mark Holterman journey becoming called the Prodigious Pediatrician. I personally adore his diligence to reach his goal or maybe his dream to become who he is today.

  3. I am so glad to know that this article was able to mention that Dr. Mark Holterman did receive awards like one of America’s Top Doctors.And also those years won: 2008, 2010,2012, 2013,2014,2015, and 2017.This award showcases how highly Dr. Holterman’s peers in the medical profession regard him.

  4. Dr. Mark Holterman sets as a good example indeed to many who sees his being. According to his patients, Dr. Holterman was described organize, well-staffed, good listener and that he is fast at making decisions.


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