Dr. Mark Holterman, Medical Visionary

Dr. Mark Holterman has blogged and written extensively about subjects such as the topic of Bariatric Surgery. The purpose of Bariatric surgery is to reduce the stomach’s ability to absorb food. By the means of a Gastric Bypass, the overall size of the patient’s stomach is reduced. With a sleeve Gastrectomy, surgeons remove a large portion of the stomach, which dramatically reduces the size of the stomach, keeping the patient from overeating. The Gastric Band procedure places a band around the stomach, which limits its’ diameter.


One of Dr. Mark Holterman’s main professional interests lies in stem cell therapy, as he is a co-founder of the Alliance for the Advancement of Cellular Therapies. (AACT)

Cellular therapy is the process by which healthy cells are transplanted in order to replace damaged cells and tissue. Transplanting cells can replace damaged cells or simply enhance the healing process. The most widely used version of the therapy is HSC, or hematopoietic stem cells, which is most effective in patients that have certain types of blood cancers (WeeklyOpinion). It’s the hope of many physicians that cellular therapy will eventually be used to treat a variety of other conditions including autoimmune disorders and tendinitis.


Dr. Mark Holterman has worked at the University of Illinois College of Medicine since 2011, as a professor (https://markholterman.wordpress.com/). He also works at the Advocate Christ Medical Center and the St. Francis Medical Center as a Pediatric Surgeon. An accomplished man, he holds several memberships with other professional organizations as well, such as the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Pediatrics.


Though Dr. Mark Holterman specializes in pediatric surgery, his research interests span a variety of topics including regenerative medicines, obesity, and novel cancer treatments, as well as stem cell therapies. Dr. Mark Holterman attended Yale, where his major was biology. He managed to do well, graduating cum laude after which, he earned his Ph.D. and MD from the University of Virginia.


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