Mark J. Holterman, Medical

IPSAC-VN International Scholar Program

 

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As a professor of surgery and pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Mark Holterman, MD, PhD, conducts medical research and teaches medical students and surgical residents. Dr. Mark Holterman also supports the International Pediatric Specialists Alliance for the Children of Vietnam (IPSAC-VN).

IPSAC-VN endeavors to improve the care of children in Vietnam by enhancing health care, using education and training to increase workforce and institutional capacity, supporting academics, contributing material and equipment, and providing surgery in the remote highlands. The IPSAC-VN International Scholar Program helps to accomplish this objective by awarding $2,500 to licensed and in-training medical personnel for educational expenses, travel, and room and board while spending up to two months being educated in the United States. This education involves observing clinical practices or receiving training in transnational research at a medical institution accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

The program is tailored to each chosen scholar who has the goal of enhancing the quality of health care at his or her institution in Vietnam. At the end of the program, all scholars prepare a presentation that details the practices they will carry out to improve patient care.

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Mark J. Holterman, Medical

CellR4 – Journal for Cellular Therapies

 

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A pediatrics and surgical professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Mark Holterman, MD, holds board positions with multiple medical organizations. Dr. Mark Holterman also is a cofounder of the Alliance for the Advancement of Cellular Therapies (AACT) and serves on its executive board. The AACT collaborates with the CellR4 medical journal to publish research presented at AACT conferences.

The official journal of the Cure Alliance, CellR4 focuses on studies and medical knowledge regarding cellular repair, regeneration, reprogramming, and differentiation. The journal facilitates discussion on challenges and opportunities involved in developing new treatments. Published content includes information on fundamental new discoveries in basic science and the delivery of innovative therapies to transitional and clinical trials. Additionally, CellR4 shares information on global collaborative efforts and features commentaries and opinion papers on legal, ethical, and regulatory issues.

CellR4’s articles are available for full download at no charge on its website.

Mark J. Holterman, Medical

Programs of Excellence Deliver Pediatric Teaching and Patient Care

 

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Mariam Global Health CEO and chief medical officer Mark Holterman, MD, possesses more than two decades of experience in pediatric medicine and surgery. Dr. Mark Holterman also serves as a professor of pediatrics and surgery at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, which administers the Programs of Clinical Excellence through its Pediatrics Department.

The Programs of Clinical Excellence engage in various aspects of pediatric medicine, from providing comprehensive medical care to offering students multi-level professional education. The program’s staff consists of a diverse medical team that advances the pediatric discipline with basic and clinical research into childhood diseases. Staff members commit to delivering compassionate, high-quality health care and serve as forerunners for the advancement of medical arts and sciences, while using the latest advancements in patient care, research, and teaching.

A dedicated advocate for child health, the collection of programs also facilitates community involvement in improving the health of children across the state. The program promotes the use of preventive and educational methods and upholds the rights of children to access quality health care and outcomes. Furthermore, the programs serve as a resource for families and physicians throughout the community.

The Programs of Clinical Excellence administers 10 initiatives that include the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, Pediatric Renal Transplantation Program, the Pediatric Diabetes Program, and the Thriving Illinois Kids Engagement System. The other areas include neonatology, pediatric lung research, management of chronic conditions via CHECK, pediatric neurological and developmental disorders, asthma, and follow-ups for longtime survivors of childhood cancer.

Mark J. Holterman, Medical

Research Awards at the American Diabetes Association

 

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Mark Holterman, MD, has worked for more than two decades building a career as an accomplished researcher and medical practitioner. Before taking on his current role as professor of surgery and pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Dr. Mark Holterman received the Innovative Research Award from the American Diabetes Association  (ADA).

Over the last six decades, ADA has supported nearly 5,000 research initiatives in the field of diabetes through grant funding and dedicated research programming. The Core Research Program is one such avenue through which the organization supports diabetes researchers. In 2017, ADA recognized groundbreaking study in this field with its two Innovative Research Awards.

ADA’s Innovative Basic Science (IBS) Award helps fund work in the field of diabetes etiology and the challenges it poses to treatment efforts. The award gives special consideration to those researchers who are either working on early-stage studies or are poised to make great impact with their work. At the most, the IBS Award provides $115,000 in funding each year for a maximum of three years.

Another Core Program award is the Innovative Clinical or Translational Science (ICTS) Grant, which can supply faculty researchers with up to $200,000 in annual funding over a three-year period. This award focuses primarily on researchers who have applied their medical theories in clinical applications that use humans as research subjects.

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IPSAC-VN Improving Vietnamese Healthcare with Scholarship Program

 

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An experienced pediatric surgeon Mark Holterman, MD, has maintained concurrent responsibilities as professor of surgery and pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and as CEO of Mariam Global Health for the last five years. An active member of his field, Dr. Mark Holterman supports the work of the International Pediatric Specialists Alliance for the Children of Vietnam (IPSAC-VN).

Since its inception, IPSAC-VN has worked toward the goal of sustainably improving pediatric medicine for the youngest residents of Vietnam. To this end, the organization operates several initiatives that provide medical personnel, supplies, and other needed resources to the region.

IPSAC-VN also supports this need by operating its International Scholar Program, which connects local medical professionals with opportunities to obtain further education at learning institutions in the United States. To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must furnish a letter from their current institution to highlight their dedication to health care improvement.

All IPSAC-VN scholars receive $2,500 to fund their travels to the United States, where they spend up to two months at a host medical institution. During this period, they either train in medical research or participate in clinical examinations. At the close of the scholarship program, participants return to their institution in Vietnam and speak in front of IPSAC-VN supporters. This presentation must cover both their time abroad and the methods they plan to use in their enhancement of local pediatric health care.

Mark J. Holterman, Medical

ADA and CHLA Team Up to Tackle Type 2 Diabetes in Young People

 

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A medical school graduate of the University of Virginia, Mark Holterman, MD, teaches surgery and pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Committed to the advancement of medicine and finding a cure for chronic health conditions such as diabetes, Dr. Mark Holterman belongs to the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

In early September, the ADA announced a joint initiative with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to address the increasing rate of type 2 diabetes occurring in children and teenagers. The two organizations have developed an experience called Camp PowerUp, which utilizes an evidence-based curriculum to engage youth in physical activities and teach them how to make healthier food choices, in order to lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The program will target young people between the ages of eight and 16 in a range of settings, from day camps and after-school programs to churches and parks. With the experience that the two organizations bring to the table in terms of diabetes care and childhood medicine, they believe programs such as this can help stop the rise of type 2 diabetes in this vulnerable age group.

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Volunteering with IPSAC-VN

 

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Dr. Mark Holterman, an accomplished medical researcher, practitioner, and educator, splits his time between such roles as professor at the University of Illinois and as CEO of Mariam Global Health. Dedicated to helping patients in a variety of ways, Mark Holterman, MD, supports such charitable organizations as the International Pediatric Specialists Alliance for the Children of Vietnam (IPSAC-VN).

To continue helping healthcare professionals in Vietnam improve access to pediatric surgical care and increase their capacity for such care, IPSAC-VN relies on the support of donors and volunteers.

Volunteers offer the most hands-on support of the organization by providing patient care, training, lecturing, and surgery at affiliate medical schools and hospitals in Vietnam. All volunteers must possess a visa and passport that is valid for at least six months after the date of the trip. In addition to this information, medical volunteers must provide the organization with a copy of their professional license and CV.

Once volunteers are accepted, IPSAC-VN suggests that they purchase travel medicine insurance and recommend that they travel to their determined destination at least two days before they are scheduled to start their volunteering. Team debrief is held before the start date and after the end date, and volunteers are responsible for travel, hotel, and other expenses once in Vietnam.