Dr. Mark Holterman, Child Advocate

From his youth on a Wisconsin farm to his present place as a global influence in meeting the medical needs of children, Dr. Mark Holterman has traveled far. After graduating from Yale University with a major in biology in 1980, Holterman attended Medical school at the University of Virginia along with studying to become a medical scientist at the National Institute of Health (dialdish.com).

During this time his life and career were influenced by a young resident and future surgeon, Ai-Xuan Le. Mark and Ai-Xuan’s professional and personal interests merged and they both became pediatric surgeons. The couple married in 1988 and now have three sons.

Dr. Holterman has amassed more than two decades of medical and research experience, first as a resident at the University of Virginia’s Health Science Center, then as a pediatric surgeon at the Univesity of Washington’s Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Seattle, and later as a research associate at the Clinical Research Institute of Montreal in Canada.

Along with his influence as a global speaker, the investment firm Miriam Global Health, of which Dr. Holterman is CEO, seeks to fund and manage medical innovations. Since 2011 he has been a faculty member of the University of Illinois College of Medicine, educating a new generation of pediatricians and surgeons.

Dr. Holterman continues to practice medicine as well as participate in research in stem cell and other regenerative treatments, along with pioneering treatments for cancer and diabetes. The American Diabetes Association awarded Dr. Holterman their Innovative Research Award for his contributions in that field.

After a visit with Ai-Xuan to her native Vietnam in 2007, the Holtermans joined with doctors there to found the International Pediatrics Specialists Alliance for the Children of Vietnam. This alliance seeks to join U.S. and Vietnamese doctors together to improve hospital conditions and bring needed care to the children of rural Vietnam. The alliance works to increase awareness and supply new up-to-date equipment. The future is full of bright hopes that many more lives will be saved by Dr. Holterman’s ongoing efforts on behalf of needy children.