Mark J. Holterman, Medical

American Pediatric Surgical Association to Hold 2017 Annual Meeting


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American Pediatric Surgical Association

Since 2011, experienced surgeon Mark J. Holterman, MD, has served the University of Illinois College of Medicine as a professor of surgery and pediatrics. Active in his field, Dr. Mark J. Holterman maintains memberships in such organizations as the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA), which stands as the largest professional group in the United States for professionals in the pediatric surgery specialty.

Registration is now open for the APSA 2017 Annual Meeting, which will be held May 4-7 at the Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida. Over the course of the four-day event, attendees will have the opportunity to take part in an education program comprising poster presentations, scientific sessions, and simulation courses on various pediatric surgery topics.

In addition to a variety of learning activities, the APSA 2017 Annual Meeting will include fun networking events, such as receptions and banquets. The event will also feature an exhibit hall where the latest medical products, services, and technologies will be on display. APSA welcomes to the event qualified professionals from within the field of pediatric surgery, including its more than 1,200 members.

Mark J. Holterman, Medical

Properties and Types of Stem Cells


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Dr. Mark J. Holterman

An senior surgeon in the Division of Pediatric Surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Illinois, St. Francis Medical Center, Dr. Mark J. Holterman has nearly 30 years of experience in his field. An experienced researcher, Mark J. Holterman, M.D., has an interest in regenerative medicine and stem cell therapies.

Stem cells are the cells from which all other cells originate. Their potential to develop into multiple types of cells has fueled years of research into possible applications in the treatment of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s. Stem cells share three common properties:

-They can divide and renew themselves.

-They are unspecialized cells.

-They can change into specialized cells.

Embryonic stem cells are stem cells derived from an embryo between three and five days old. Dr Holterman does not use embryonic cells in his work.

Adult stem cells, or somatic stem cells, continue to show great potential. Found in tissues of the brain, bone marrow, skin, blood vessels, skeletal muscles, teeth, heart, gut and liver, as well as elsewhere in the body, their primary role is to maintain and repair the tissue in which they are found. Until they are needed, they can remain undivided for long periods of time.