Mark J. Holterman, Medical

Understanding Stem Cells and Their Healing Potential


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Stem Cells

Dr. Mark J. Holterman, a professor of medicine at the University of Illinois, sits on the Board of Managers for a biotechnology company developing state-of-the-art methods of stem cell delivery. Before establishing himself in medicine, Dr. Mark J. Holterman earned his MD from the University of Virginia.

The body is composed of many different types of cells, and together, these differentiated cells form functioning organ systems. Alongside specialist cells exist a class of “blank slate” cells called “stem cells” that can transform into a variety of specialized cells, including those that help the heart contract or those that constitute bone marrow.

Researchers see great potential in the use of stem cells to fight disease by repairing or replacing damaged tissues. For example, when someone’s heart is failing, doctors may decide the patient requires a heart transplant, though there are too few hearts for all the patients who need them. Advances in stem cell therapy may one day allow scientists to actually grow patients new, replacement heart tissues from human stem cells.

Mark J. Holterman, Medical

IPSAC-VN – Advancing Pediatric Medicine in Vietnam


Mark J. Holterman, MD, teaches classes on surgery and pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. As part of his professional interest in pediatrics, Mark J. Holterman, MD, joins several of his colleagues in supporting the International Pediatric Specialists Alliance for the Children of Vietnam (IPSAC-VN).

IPSAC-VN is an international organization of volunteer physicians who are dedicated to improving care for children in Vietnam. Through education, donations of equipment, and ongoing support, IPSAC-VN helps Vietnamese physicians improve the standard of care in their country.

IPSAC-VN recently announced plans for its first 2017 mission to Vietnam. Between March 6 and March 10, clinical teams will visit four hospitals in the nation. They will focus on expanding local programs in the fields of urology, oncology, anesthesia, and pediatric surgery. One of the sites will also be testing a new laminar flow hood, courtesy of the University of Illinois.

Medical professionals who are interested in volunteering can learn more online at