A longtime proponent of stem cell research and therapy, Mark Holterman, MD, serves as pediatrics professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria. Alongside his work, Dr. Mark Holterman belongs to the Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons (PAPS).
PAPS is an exclusive organization aimed at promoting fellowship and education among doctors who are from Pacific Rim nations. The organization currently has more than 500 members spanning 23 countries. Surgeons who spend more than 90 percent of their time in pediatric care are eligible to join the organization through geography and by invitation.
Potential applicants must either currently be practicing pediatric surgery in a Pacific-bordering country. If that surgeon moves away from the Pacific area, they can remain in the organizations by attending at least three PAPS meetings within the last decade. They must also be practicing pediatric surgeons for at least a year before becoming eligible to apply for membership.