Meet Dr. Mark J. Holterman, a professor based in Peoria, Illinois. He has been working at the Illinois College of Medicine University since 2011. Dr. Mark is a pediatric surgeon at Advocate Christ Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Illinois at St. Francis Medical Center. Dr. Mark Holterman maintains membership with various professional organizations such as American Academy of Pediatrics and American College of Surgeons. He has dedicated himself in pediatric surgery with his research interests including stem cell therapies, regenerative medicine, and novel cancer treatments.
Dr. Mark Holterman studied at the Yale University. Biology was his major and advanced cum laude before he could earn his MD and Ph.D. from Virginia University. Later on, he finished a residency in surgery at Virginia Health Sciences University including a pediatric surgery fellowship at the Medical Center and Children’s Hospital via the Washington University.
The Hannah Sunshine Foundation
Dr. Mark Holterman is one of the people who helped to establish a non-profit organization namely The Hannah Sunshine Foundation (http://releasefact.com/2017/10/dr-mark-holterman/). This organization focuses on using cellular and regenerative therapies for kids with rare diseases. Three young minds inspired this project, one of them is a 23-year old lady afflicted with SJIA(systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis), Sarah Hughes.
Systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis is a severe subform of JIA (juvenile idiopathic arthritis). Unlike other kinds of JIA, this condition affects joints and other organs including the lungs, liver, and heart. The condition isn’t common and occurs among 10-20% of all kids having some form of juvenile idiopathic arthritis. This disease has no cure yet, but the treatment is available.
Volunteering with IPSAC-VN
Being an accomplished educator, medical researcher, and practitioner, Dr. Mark Holterman splits his time between his roles at the Illinois University and the president of Mariam Global Health to assist patients in different ways (LinkedIn). He offers unconditional support to charitable organizations like the IPSAC-VN (International Pediatric Specialists Alliance for the Children of Vietnam).
For IPSAC-VN to manage to provide the much-needed help to healthcare experts in Vietnam, increase care capacity and improve pediatric surgical care access, the organization relies on support from volunteers and donors. Volunteers provide hands-on support by providing training, patient care, lectures as well as surgery at hospitals and medical schools in Vietnam.