Dr. Mark Holterman works tirelessly researching new therapies, performing surgeries, educating others with articles and lectures, teaching students as a professor at the University of Illinois and guiding medical students and surgical residents. In addition, Holterman is the CEO of Mariam Global Health. Despite a full roster of duties and obligations, Dr. Mark Holterman also supports many health-related charities including the International Pediatric Specialists Alliance for the Children of Vietnam or IPSAC-VN.
The recent press release about IPSAC-VN highlighted Holterman’s efforts to support IPSAC-VN and other charitable organizations. This group works at Vietnam medical schools and hospitals to bring the latest surgical advances to ill children, and those who are interested in supporting the group’s efforts can donate money or volunteer their services.
Requirements for Volunteers at IPSAC-VN
Volunteer support is desperately needed for training medical staff, providing patient care, lecturing students on new techniques and performing pediatric surgery at hospitals and medical schools. The requirements for getting approved as volunteers include having a valid passport that remains valid at least six months or longer after the scheduled visit, providing a copy of the volunteer’s medical license and sending a complete CV.
IPSAC-VN and Other Charities Enhance Child Care in Vietnam
IPSAC-VN works hard to foster self-sustaining care for Vietnam’s children. The charity promotes beneficial healthcare activities, educates a new generation of teachers, surgeons, and healthcare practitioners and provides medical equipment, academic support services, and training exchanges to modernize child care throughout the country. IPSAC-VN also arranges top-caliber surgical procedures and surgery outreach in Vietnam’s remote highland areas.
A similar worthwhile charity is the Children’s Surgery International, or CSI, an organization that runs the Blossom House foster home for orphaned Vietnam girls between the ages of 5 and 18 (Doctor.WebMD). This organization offers compassionate care and holistic well-being services for orphan girls and those born to families living in extreme poverty. CSI supports surgeries and treatment at Provincial Hospital. This nonprofit volunteer organization provides medical and surgical services for children around the world, and volunteers work to change lives. CSI tries to foster self-sustaining care, and its services include lifestyle programs that benefit the whole child.
The need for pediatric surgery around the world is great, and charitable organizations–such as CSI and IPSAC-VN–encourage monetary donations and donations of time and skills to perform surgeries and train medical students in advanced medical procedures. Surgeries for children can be classed as major or minor. Minor surgeries can often be handled on an outpatient basis, but poor and disenfranchised children face real problems when major surgery is necessary. Common types of major surgeries commonly performed on children include:
- Tumor removal
- Brain surgery or surgery to remove pressure caused by intracranial bleeding
- Repair of congenital heart disorders
- Organ transplants
- Corrective surgery to repair bone malformations
- Surgery to repair spinal abnormalities
- Corrections of problems associated with fetal development
Mariam Global Health Makes Specializes in Innovative Healthcare
Dr. Mark Holterman is as close to a “Renaissance Man” as it’s possible to be in today’s highly specialized educational specialties. Dr. Holterman works tirelessly as a full professor, entrepreneur, researcher, practicing surgeon and philanthropist, and he gives of his time instead of just donating money. Mariam Global Health, the global business management and investment firm, works with healthcare companies to solve health concerns, research new areas of medicine and develop new technologies through multiple channels such as encouraging global investment in health-related business, investing time and capital in hands-on management best practices and supporting organizations that innovate in ways that impact the health dynamic around the world. As CEO, Dr. Mark Holterman plays a hands-on role in researching new treatments and cures for common medical maladies.
About Dr. Mark Holterman
Dr. Mark Holterman has been a full professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine since 2011. Based in Peoria, Illinois, Dr. Holterman also serves as the attending pediatric surgeon at both the St. Francis Medical Center and Advocate Christ Children’s Hospital. He majored in biology at Yale University where he graduated summa cum laude. He went on to earn his Ph.D. and MD at the University of Virginia.
Some of Dr. Holterman’s accomplishments include earning a fellowship in pediatric surgery at the University of Virginia College Health Sciences by way of the University of Washington. He also serves as the CEO of Mariam Global Health where his research focuses on emerging medical technologies such as stem cell regeneration therapy, cancer treatments, and obesity management. Dr. Holterman has also served at Advocate Christ Children’s Hospital as surgeon-in-chief and at Rush University Medical Center as the attending surgeon for pediatric surgeries.
Dr. Mark Holterman has authored and developed many peer-reviewed papers, medical texts, and presentations on related topics such as bariatric surgery, which is used to treat gross obesity. One bariatric procedure, a gastric bypass, removes a small part of a patient’s stomach and limits how much a person can comfortably eat. Gastrectomies involve removing a larger part of the stomach for more extreme cases of obesity where weight is immediately life-threatening. Gastric band surgery is more flexible. An adjustable band can alter the diameter of a small stomach pouch to limit how much food can enter. This type of procedure, however, requires lots of maintenance by a surgeon to modify the opening.
Dr. Holterman’s research in stem cell therapies is cutting-edge medical science (https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-holterman-70087863). Successes in clinical trials include creating a synthetic trachea from a patient’s bone marrow cells, which is used to replace a damaged trachea in a surgical implantation. Immunosuppression treatments have been used to treat diabetes and thyroiditis and to encourage health T-cell production in patients who suffer from myasthenia gravis.