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With nearly three decades of experience, Dr. Mark Holterman is working to close gaps in health disparities for children internationally.



Earning his undergraduate degree in biology from Yale University, Dr. Mark Holterman went on to complete his medical degree and doctorate from the University of Virginia. He is currently practicing in Illinois where he is credentialed at several hospitals and medical centers in and around the Chicago area. Additionally, Dr. Mark Holterman plays a role in the academic lives of future physicians through education at the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine where he serves as professor of surgery and pediatrics.



Holterman has acquired board certifications in both pediatric and general surgery. He is an enthusiastic researcher and has presented his findings at various forums with international exposure. Dr. Holterman has received multiple accolades, which according to includes recognition as a Castle Connolly America’s Top Doctors® (2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017).



In reviewing Dr. Mark Holterman’s website, it’s apparent he has many interests including autoimmunity and regenerative medicine through the use of stem cells. There is one passion, however, which seemingly stands out, his commitment to philanthropic medicine. Dr. Holterman put this focus to work through the International Pediatric Specialists Alliance for the Children of Vietnam (IPSAC-VN), an organization he became involved with at its infancy and where he currently serves as an active board member.



The IPSAC-VN aims to assist “Vietnamese healthcare colleagues in enhancing the pediatric surgical capacity and increasing access to surgical care for all children in Vietnam” ( The IPSAC-VN intends to improve access to quality pediatric care by creating partnerships between local, Vietnamese physicians with volunteer physicians through IPSAC-VN who will provide surgical education and continuous support (Facebook).



Earlier this year, IPSAC-VN’s volunteer physicians, including Dr. Mark Holterman, concluded a successful first mission to Vietnam. Advancing patient care, workforce improvement, and programmatic development remained the emphasis during this inaugural mission. The IPSAC-VN is already planning for its next mission to Vietnam in March of 2018. For more information on Dr. Holterman’s involvement with global health through the IPSAC-VN.


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