Making his mark: Dr. Mark Holterman

Dr. Mark Holterman, a medical educator, and pediatric surgeon, has nearly 30 years of medical practice under his belt. As a Yale and UVA graduate, Dr. Holterman holds doctorates in both medicine and philosophy of immunology. He trained in pediatric surgery via his fellowship at the University of Washington Children’s Hospital and served as a pediatric surgeon for 15 years. Now, Dr. Mark Holterman remains an attending pediatric surgeon at Advocate Christ’s Children’s Hospital, while teaching at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria as a professor of pediatrics and surgery.

With a heart for pediatrics, Dr. Mark Holterman has dedicated much time and effort towards regenerative medicines, stem cell therapies, childhood obesity and cancer treatments. As a professor and surgeon, Dr. Holterman continues to pursue and charge the latest technology and therapy options for patients, while putting emphasis on preventative care and health measures. Of his many ventures, Dr. Holterman is also involved with the American Diabetes Association.

With the American Diabetes Association, Dr. Mark Holterman is part of a joint initiative to help reduce the rate of Type 2 diabetes in children and teenagers ( This intimate experience involves community outreach and education using the evidence-based curriculum, to get the general youth more active and aware of nutrition. This effort targets youth between the ages of 8 and 16 in order to reduce their diabetes risk, This education and resource is essential for battling the diabetes epidemic in the American population.

Another organization Dr. Holterman proudly supports is the International Pediatric Specialists Alliance for the Children of Vietnam. This charity strives to provide and improve medical resources and surgical care for Vietnam pediatric professionals. This organization, powered mostly by medical volunteers, organizes access, planning, and tools for the volunteers to make the most impact for the communities they’re serving.

Dr. Mark Holterman has had an impressive successful long-term career in his field and continues to serve with community improvement and new research and technology in healthcare. More on his research, practice, and philanthropic endeavors can be found at