Dr. Mark Holterman: Pediatric Surgeon, Innovator, and Researcher

Dr. Mark Holterman is a physician based in Illinois. He attended Yale University where he received a bachelor’s degree in biology. Afterwards, he received an MD and a Ph.D. in immunology from the University of Virginia. After receiving his MD, he chose to specialize in pediatric surgery and general surgery. Today, he is the professor of pediatric surgery at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, where he has worked since 2011. He is also a pediatric surgeon at the Advocate Christ Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of Illinois.


Along with practicing pediatric and general surgery, Dr. Mark Holterman is an active member of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and was awarded the Innovative Research Award (Crunchbase). The ADA is a non-profit organization that strives for the awareness and prevention of diabetes. The organization conducts research and advocacy activities to help develop new treatments and a cure for diabetes (https://www.osfhealthcare.org/physicians/profile/2358/mark-j-holterman-md-phd/). Presently, there is an increasing rate of children and teenagers being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. One of the ADA’s projects was to develop Camp PowerUp. Camp PowerUp has the goal of influencing youth to become physically active and teaching them how to eat healthier, thus lowering their risk for type 2 diabetes. They have also been working to educate mental health professionals about the psychosocial challenges associated with diabetes.


Dr. Mark Holterman is also heavily involved in research. His primary research topics of interest are regenerative medicine, stem cell treatments, and treatments for obesity and cancer. He is one of the founders of the Hannah Sunshine Foundation, which is an organization that focuses on treating children with rare diseases using cellular and regenerative therapies. One of the rare diseases that the foundation has helped treat is systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (SJIA). SJIA is a very rare condition that affects the joints as well as the lungs, liver, and heart. As of today, there is no cure for the disease but there are treatments available. Doctors, such as Dr. Mark Holterman, are conducting research to find a way to help children with this disease achieve permanent remission.