Mark Holterman, The Beloved Physician

Posted by Cameron on January 8, 2018 in Medical News |

From a young age, Mark Holterman excelled in an academic setting. Growing up on a farm in Wisconsin, Holterman was urged by one of his school teachers to apply to Yale for college. As unpredictable as it seemed, Mark ended up attending Yale as a biology major. He completed his undergraduate degree by the year 1980. After he received his bachelor’s degree in biology, Holterman attended the University of Virginia for medical school. While attending medical school, he had his goals set on becoming a pediatrician and a medical scientist. As it is known, Mark was able to achieve both of these accomplishments and became a medical scientist through the National Institutes of Health program.

As Holterman was following his path through medical school, he met a medical resident named Ai-Xuan (Strikingly). Ai-Xuan and Mark had a large influence on one another. His interest in pediatrics sparked an interest in Ai-Xuan. As well, Ai-Xuan’s interest in surgery made an impact on Mark’s outlook on his future profession. The two of them grew extremely close, and eventually got married. They then went on to have three children, Nathan, Alex and Isaac, all boys.

Once Dr. Mark Holterman completed medical school, he began his surgical residency at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center. Once his residency was completed, as a family, they moved to Seattle, Washington and then Quebec, Canada. While in Seattle, Mark was able to complete his pediatric surgery fellowship at the University of Washington’s Hospital and Medical Center. While in Canada, he worked as a research associate at the Clinical Research Institute of Montreal.

Throughout his professional and personal journey, he was able to gain experience and develop an admirable status for himself (

As of today, he remains involved. He currently holds a seat at Miriam Global Health, an investment firm, as the CEO. He is also a pediatrics and surgery professor at the University of Illinois. He takes part in research at the University and was honored with a research award from the American Diabetes Association. As if that isn’t impressive enough, he is also still practicing medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Illinois.


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