Mark J. Holterman, Medical

ADA Praises Congress for Funding Special Diabetes Program


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American Diabetes Association

With three decades of experience as a physician and an educator, Mark Holterman, MD, serves as a professor of medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. In addition to his work as an educator, Dr. Mark Holterman engages with such organizations as the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

The ADA recently praised the federal government for agreeing to fund the Special Diabetes Program (SDP) to the tune of $600 million. SDP is one of the major drivers of research into type 1 diabetes and how to prevent type 2 diabetes for American Indians across the country. Thanks to this new funding, researchers will be able to continue exploring new treatments for diabetes in these communities, which are at exceptionally high risk of developing the disease.

The ADA recognized the Diabetes Caucuses in both houses of Congress for their work in helping this funding package come to fruition. The organization says it will continue to work with lawmakers to ensure that programs such as SDP continue to receive the support they need.

Mark J. Holterman, Medical

Study – Enhanced Recovery Plan for Colorectal Surgical Patients


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Dr. Mark J. Holterman

Mark Holterman, MD, serves as a professor of surgery and pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria. Dr. Mark Holterman also is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

According to a recent study published by the American College of Surgeons, a new procedure for handling patient care through every stage of colorectal surgery not only helps these individuals have better outcomes, but also reduces the amount of time they have to stay in the hospital after surgery and results in lowered opioid pain medication usage.

In their study, researchers found that this new enhanced recovery program reduced hospital stays by an average of two days. Patients also were 14 percent less likely to develop abnormal bowel function and required 500-plus fewer units of morphine to manage their pain. The study’s lead author, Ian Paquette, MD, FACS, touted the results as a major breakthrough for surgeons and patients looking for better ways to handle recovery.

Mark J. Holterman, Medical

AACA Looks at Parametric Human


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American Association of Clinical Anatomists

A board-certified pediatric surgeon, Mark Holterman, MD, serves as a professor of surgery and pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria. Active in the medical field outside of his work, Dr. Mark Holterman is a member of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA).

The AACA recently highlighted the work of a multidisciplinary team of doctors and data scientists that could fundamentally shift the way we doctors tailor individualized medical treatment. Dubbed the parametric human, researchers are close to developing a completely 3D-printable “virtual” human that can be customized with all the different musculoskeletal variations currently known.

Doctors would then be able to run diagnostic tests on this virtual human to potentially see how it can respond to certain types of treatment, eliminating the need for animal testing altogether. The group behind the project says the goal is to become intimately familiar with the human body, beyond the superficial diagrams and other data that is so often used in anatomical education.