Dr. Mark Holterman, was raised in humble beginnings. Growing up on a farm in Wisconsin, Dr. Holterman and his parents never entertained the idea of him going to college. He was an excellent student and with the encouragement of a high school teacher found himself graduating and attending Yale. He was the first in his family to obtain a degree (dialdish.com).
He decided to study Biology and graduated in 1980. He then went on to medical school at the University of Virginia. This is where Dr. Holterman decided to become a pediatrician and medical scientist. His education took him to pediatrics and pediatric surgery. At the University of Virginia he met his wife and they later married in 1988.
Dr. Mark Holterman is a practicing surgeon at the University of Illinois hospital facilities, Children’s Hospital of Illinois and St. Francis Medical Center. Aside from being a practicing surgeon, Dr. Holterman, is also a member of the faculty at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He currently teaches courses in pediatrics and surgery. He is also a medical researcher and studies stem cells and regenerative treatments to fight cancer and diabetes. There is great hope that new treatments could emerge over the next several years and Dr. Holterman’s studies will contribute to them.
His medical research has also driven him to find a way to help others. Dr. Mark and his wife co- founded a charitable organization called, Hannah Sunshine Foundation. This foundation pairs up children who have rare illnesses and with doctors who can help them and provides the funds to make it possible for them to receive treatment.
Dr. Holterman and his wife are driven to help others. While visiting her native country of Vietnam, they learned that many people had to travel a great distance to receive medical treatment for their children. Hoping to help the people of Vietnam, they began a non profit to bring pediatric services through out the country. They officially started their non-profit organization in 2009. One of the top priorities of the organization is to help improve hospital conditions in Vietnam. The organization also helps match children in need of help with skilled surgeons.