Pediatrics, Philanthropy and a Palm-Full of Passion – How Dr. Mark Holterman is Creating a Surge in the World of Surgeons

Raised in Wisconsin, the surgeon, educator and researcher who is Dr. Mark Holterman can be credited a hidden passion which was sparked when he met a resident student named Ai-Xuan Le at the University of West Virginia ( That was after graduating from Yale in 1980. That friendship later became a courtship and the two got married in 1988, later having three sons.

Now an innovator in pediatrics, the CEO of Mariam Global Health, faculty member of the University of Illinois College of Medicine and professor teaching courses in pediatrics and surgery, Dr. Mark Holterman serves as pediatric surgeon at the Children’s Hospital of Illinois, St. Francis Medical Center ( He has walked in the role of being a person who publicly supports regenerative medicine and stem cell therapy. Dr. Mark Holterman aims to further the progress of the academic study of the safety and result-producing ability of advanced treatment modality.

The award-winning pediatric surgeon, who has been in practice for over three decades, also has an eye for scientific discovery.He is very appreciatve of those individuals he calls “Impact Innovators”. These are gifted scientists and physicians who have combined forces to create technologies aiding the improvement of healthcare worldwide. Dr. Holterman’s investment firm, Mariam Global Health, was made for the purpose of generating life-changing impact and was bred as a result of him wanting to make a difference in the world. Mariam Global Heath connects Impact Investors to these Impact Innovators. It’s clear that the ultimate goal is a grand and powerful impact.

Dr. Mark Holterman’s kind and considerate nature has led him to volunteer his time in several philanthropic endeavors. One such endeavor was the International Pediatric Specialists for Children of Vietnam (IPSAC Vietnam), where he gave surgical assistance to children in Vietnam whom were unable to receive such help. His passion for improving children’s access to surgery is simply undeniable. It is a passion which drives not only his sense of philanthropy but his profession and practice as well.


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