University of Virginia Medical School graduate Dr. Mark Holterman, is an American Diabetes Association member. He is also part of the joint ADA and CHLA team that is working to address the Type 2 diabetes epidemic that’s affecting young people. A University of Illinois professor working at the school’s college of medicine teaching pediatric and surgery, Dr. Holterman is committed to finding a cure for diabetes and other chronic health conditions. Since September, he has been working at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles as part of a joint initiative looking into the spiking rate among children and teenagers of Type 2 diabetes.
Through Camp Power Up, a joint ADA/CHLA program, Dr. Holterman and others have been using an evidence-based curriculum lower youth age 8 to 16’s risk factors for type 2 diabetes by teaching them about healthier food choices and getting them involved in physical activities. The program targets young people in day camps, after-school programs, churches, parks and other settings.
Dr. Mark Holterman also volunteers with the IPSAC-VN program which provides Vietnamese children with increased access to pediatric surgical care. He works with hospitals and medical schools in Vietnam providing patient care, surgery, training, and lectures. Volunteers pay for their own hotel, travel and other expenses.
Dr. Mark Holterman graduated cum laude with a degree in biology from Yale University. He then got both his Ph.D. and his MD at the University of Virginia (OSFHealthcare). Next, he went to the University of Virginia Health Science where he completed his general surgery residency. Dr. Holterman also did a general surgery fellowship at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center under the auspices of the University of Washington. He has been Rush University Medical Center’s attending pediatric surgeon. Dr. Holterman was also Advocate Christ Children’s Hospital’s surgeon-in-chief.
In addition to specializing in pediatric surgery, Dr. Mark Holterman also does research on stem cell therapies, regenerative medicine, novel cancer treatments and obesity (http://www.vitals.com/doctors/Dr_Mark_Holterman.html). He’s also CEO and Chief Medical Officer at Chicago, Illinois based Mariam Global Health. He has been with the organization since 2012. In his 3-decade long career, Dr. Holterman has won numerous awards.