There are many stories of inspiration circulating to lift peoples’ spirits. Many enjoy learning that some people are putting their influence and abilities to good use. Dr. Mark Holterman has shown to be a great example of this.
The Holtermans owned a farm in Wisconsin. Neither of Mark’s parents had gone to college, but Dr. Mark Holterman was a scholar at heart and found his way into Yale University. After graduating with a degree in biology he went on to study medicine at University of Virginia. At UVA Dr. Mark Holterman met his wife, Ai-Xuan Le. Read more about his interview at ideamensch.com.
With such humble beginnings Dr. Mark Holterman was driven to use his education to help with stem cell research and regenerative remedies. He has been driven to use his time to become a professor at University of Illinois teaching pediatrics and surgery. He also performs surgeries at Children’s Hospital of Illinois, St. Francis Medical Center, Advocate Christ Children’s Hospital, and at the University of Illinois’ hospital facilities.
Dr. Mark Holterman is involved with multiple charities. He is one of the parents of the International Pediatric Specialists Alliance for the Children of Vietnam. His wife was born and raised in South Vietnam so in 2007 they took a trip to the country. Upon visiting they saw how dire the conditions of the sick children were. Together with hospital officials they came up with IPSAC-VN, which became an American non-profit in 2009. The ISPAC-VN has a scholar program which takes medical personnel back to the US for extended training. The organization’s goals include: improving hospital conditions, reduce the amount of hospital infections, supplying new medical equipment, and bringing kids in need of surgery to the proper surgeons.
Many parents struggle to get their kids the proper medical care in rural Vietnam. Having the helping hands of the Holterman’s, and all of the medical staff willing to learn as much as they can to be the best for their patients that they can be, children are getting the help they need sooner. Read more Q&A at Interview.net with Dr. Mark Holterman.