Medical Innovator, Dr. Mark Holterman

Although having a specific focus is highly valued and considered the best career route, having multiple interests and having knowledge in several different fields can contribute great things to organizations all over the world. Dr. Mark Holterman is one of these people, a man with expertise in many different fields and who has done outstanding work in those fields.

Born to an agricultural family in Wisconsin, Holterman excelled in his academic career and after graduating high school, he attended Yale University. While attending the University of Virginia’s medical school, he met his future wife Ai-Xuan Le. The two inspired each other to take on new interests, with Holterman deciding to go into surgery and Le into pediatrics.

In 2009, Dr. Holterman and Dr. Le Holterman founded the International Pediatric Specialists Alliance for the Children of Vietnam or IPSAC-VN. The organization is determined to improve hospital conditions in Vietnam and create lasting partnerships and friendships with medical professionals in Vietnam. Some of their biggest current goals are to decrease the number of hospital infections and provide hospitals with new and improved equipment.

The group started when Dr. Holterman and Dr. Le Holterman returned to her home country of Vietnam. While touring hospitals and seeing the less than ideal conditions, they teamed up with the director of a local hospital to create IPSAC-VN. However, IPSAC-VN isn’t the only medical association Holterman is involved with (

In addition to his job as a pediatric surgeon at four different hospitals, he serves as the CEO of Mariam Global Health, a professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, and a medical researcher at that university. Not only is he helping save lives through his phenomenal work with IPSAC-VN, he’s teaching the next generation of doctors and surgeons the skills they need to achieve greatness and help those in need. Although his main focus is pediatrics, Dr. Holterman also does work in obesity management and has improved the ways people treat and manage obesity. Dr. Holterman’s interest in different fields and all of the different organizations he’s contributed to wouldn’t be the same without him.


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