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The Modern Renaissance Man, Dr. Mark Holterman

Being a practicing physician is a full-time job. It is an all-consuming endeavor that demands a lot from those that choose this path. College professors are constantly involved in teaching courses, researching new technologies, or writing articles. These activities leave little time for extracurriculars. There is a stereotype that CEOs are too busy to even pick up their own dry cleaning. The common thread here is that all of these positions are incredibly demanding. Despite this, Dr. Mark Holterman has been able to not only fulfill each one of these roles but to excel in them. He is truly the definition of a modern day renaissance man. Check him here.

An interest in medicine and a fortuitous introduction, to his wife while in medical school, has lead Dr. Holterman down the path that his on today. This path has lead Dr. Holterman towards a career focused on pediatrics. Dr, Holterman is currently a practicing pediatric surgeon at Children’s Hospital of Illinois, St. Francis Medical Center, and the Advocate Christ Children’s Hospital. His scientific interests lie in conducting groundbreaking research into regenerative medicines. The importance of Dr. Holtermans’s research has been acknowledged by the American Diabetes Associations, winning their prestigious Innovative Research Award.  Moreover, these research interests have lead to Dr. Holtermans’s interest in academia. He has served as editors for several journals and is currently a faculty member at the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

Despite these amazing accomplishments, Dr. Holterman has remained driven to make an impact in the lives of others.  A trip, with his wife, to Vietnam opened his eyes to the plight of many of the poor children living in Vietnam. They must travel hundreds of miles just to visit crowded and underfunded children’s hospitals. This eye-opening experience galvanized Dr. Holterman into action. He is a supporter of the International Pediatric Specialists Alliance for the Children of Vietnam or IPSAC-VN. IPSAC-VN is critical in bringing care to underprivileged children in Vietnam. IPSAC-VN not only brings advanced surgical care to patients but serves to train medical professionals in not only these advanced techniques but compassion. Relevant article on

Dr. Mark Holterman is truly a modern-day renaissance man, one that we should all aspire to be as compassionate as.

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