Erik Langsjoen

Erik Langsjoen

Academic Title

Clinical Assistant Professor
Division of Orthodontics
Department of Developmental and Surgical Sciences


Chemistry and German, B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College, 1972 - Dentistry, B.S., University of Minnesota, 1974
Orthodontics, M.S., University of Minnesota, 1981
Other Education
Dentistry, Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.), University of Minnesota, 1975

Contact Info



Administrative Contact

Wendy Johnson

Office Address

6-320 Moos Tower
515 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 5545

Bio Statement

Dr. Langsjoen earned his dental degree, Master’s degree and Certificate in Orthodontics from the University of Minnesota. He spent twenty years in the U.S. military dental services, retiring from the U.S. Air Force in 1998. During his Air Force tenure in Europe, Asia, and the United States, he served as the Military Consultant to the Surgeon General for Orthodontics and founded the military’s first tri-service graduate program in orthodontics at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. He was the chairman and program director of that advanced education program and was awarded the Legion of Merit medal upon his retirement as a colonel.

Entering the private practice of orthodontics in Saint Cloud, Minnesota, he also served the surrounding communities with five separate offices. In 2011 he returned to academia at the University of Minnesota as the Program Director of the Advanced Education Program in Orthodontics. In this capacity he is able to focus all his time and effort on training the nation’s orthodontists of the future.


Research Interests

Cephalometric studies

Orthognathic surgery

Suresmile technique

Dentofacial esthetics

Mandibular asymmetries


Legion of Merit Medal, U.S. Air Force 1998 

Special Consultant in Orthodontics to the Assistant Surgeon General for  Dental Services, U.S. Air Force 1997 - 1998

Chief Military Consultant to the Surgeon General for Orthodontics, US Air Force 1997 - 1998

Chief Military Consultant to the Surgeon General for Orthodontics, US Air Force 1993 - 1996

Fellowship conferred, American College of Dentists 1995

Meritorious Service Medal, 1st Oak Leaf Cluster, U.S. Air Force 1995

Orthodontic Consultant to the Pacific Air Force Command Surgeon 1991 - 1995

Orthodontic Consultant for hospitals & clinics served by 1995 - 1998
Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas 1985 - 1990

Chief of Orthodontics, 432nd Medical Group, Misawa Air Base, Japan 1990 - 1995

Outstanding Graduate honors, Air War College, Air University, U.S. Air Force 1989

Meritorious Service Medal, U.S. Air Force 1989
Junior Grade Officer of the Quarter, Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center 1987

Chief of Orthodontics, U.S.A.F. Hospital Torrejon, Torrejon Air Base, Spain 1981 - 1984

Commendation Medal, U.S. Air Force 1984

Prosthodontic Award for Excellence in Clinical Prosthodontics and Interest in Academic Dentistry, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry 1975

Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary National Dental Society 1975

“With Distinction” honors, Bachelor of Science, University of Minnesota, 1974

“Cum Laude” honors, Bachelor of Arts, Gustavus Adolphus College, 1972

Iota Delta Gamma (now Phi Beta Kappa) Honorary Scholastic Society, 1972


Langsjoen, E, “A Study of Accuracy in Predicting Soft Tissue Profiles” Published in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a Master of Science Degree, University of Minnesota, 1981

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