Chicago pediatric physician Dr. Mark Holterman incorporated the nonprofit Alliance for the Advancement of Cellular Therapies in hopes of making stem cell therapy accessible to all children. His Alliance disseminates stem therapy information worldwide to assist doctors in the use of the advanced therapy. Known for his swift accurate diagnoses, Dr. Holterman contributes his time, money, and talent to provide surgical and medical services to children in other parts of the world. The International Pediatric Specialists Alliance for the Children of Viet Nam (IPSAC-VN) is his creation.
Pediatricians, neurologists, nurses, technicians, and therapists of the IPSAC-VN fly to Viet Nam where they perform emergency surgeries, diagnose childhood illnesses, and teach the newest medical remedies and procedures. The IPSAC-VN saves lives by bringing surgery to children who will die without it. The organization donates much needed equipment and supplies focusing on rural areas with scant resources. The organization strives to build a network of healthcare clinics and hospitals within Viet Nam especially in the rural areas where there are fewer resources. IPSAC-VN’s training missions teach the latest diagnostic techniques and new surgical procedures to Vietnamese doctors.
Vietnamese Doctors in the United States
Vietnamese doctors come to the United States on two-month work visas at the expense of the IPSAC-VN organization. They take part in research studies. They practice new treatments and surgical techniques. Dr. Mark Holterman hopes to see measurable improvements in the health of each age group of Vietnamese children as a result of his organizations’ philanthropic efforts.
Dr. Holterman founded Mariam Global Health to match investors with the latest technology, startups, and new medical facilities under construction. He and his colleagues on the board of Mariam Global Health study proposals to decide which projects will benefit a substantial portion of a population. Mariam Global Health funds significant startups and contributes funds to entrepreneurs who are researchers and innovators within the field of world health. He is especially interested in funding stem cell research. At Miriam Global Health, Dr. Holterman mentors startups and finds funds for the implementation of new research or treatment methodology.