Dr. Mark Holterman – Philantropist Surgeon
Dr. Mark Holterman is an American Doctor and Philanthropist who has been practicing for over two decades. In 2007 during a trip to Vietnam, his wife’s country of origin, the couple visited the largest children’s hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. They found the conditions for patients there severely inadequate. At the end of the trip, the couple met with the chief surgeon at the hospital and decided to take matters into their own hands. Two years (2009) later their efforts turned into a legally recognized American nonprofit, International Pediatric Specialists Alliance for the Children of Vietnam (Ideamensch).
Some of the basic focuses of the group are to reduce needless infections that are caused by the overcrowded and understaffed facilities as well as to procure and provide new and advanced medical equipment and supplies to Vietnam. Medical professionals from the United States are also being utilized as consultants to Vietnamese medical staffs in order to find better ways to deal with the issues at hand. In the future the nonprofit plans to build and operate rural clinics in underprivileged areas.
A Yale graduate from a largely uneducated farming family, Dr. Mark Holterman met his wife Ai-Xuan Le during the early 80’s while studying as a medical student at the University of Virginia where they both changed the directions of each other’s lives forever (https://www.osfhealthcare.org/physicians/profile/2358/mark-j-holterman-md-phd/). Ai-Xuan’s influence could easily be said to have been a huge factor in leading Dr. Holterman to become the world renown pediatric surgeon that he is today.
Dr. Mark Holterman is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics as well as the American College of Surgeons. He is actively a professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. His specialties include Pediatric surgery (including fetal surgery) and General Surgery. He has also published numerous works on his studies dealing with fetal stem cells.
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