James Holtan

James Holtan

Academic Title

Associate Professor
Director Emeritus, Graduate Program in Prosthodontics
Division of Prosthodontics
Department of Restorative Sciences


Certificate, Residency in Prosthodontics, Naval Graduate Dental School (Bethesda, Md.)
Fellowship in Prosthodontics, Naval Dental Clinic (Norfolk, Va.)
BS, University of Minnesota, 1963
Dentistry, Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), University of Minnesota. 1963
Other Education
Certificate in Graduate Studies, Georgetown University, 1972

Contact Info




Office Address

9-176 Moos Tower
515 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Bio Statement

Dr. Holtan arrived at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 1986 after retiring from the Dental Corps of the United States Navy. He is presently an Associate Professor in the School of Dentistry. He has served in a variety of educational and administrative positions at the School of Dentistry including Chair of The Department of Restorative Sciences from 1997-2004. Dr. Holtan has authored a number of scientific abstracts and articles in his area of interest. He is a member of appropriate professional organizations including the American Dental Association, the American College of Prosthodontists, the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics and the International Association for Dental Research. Dr. Holtan is currently Director of the Graduate Program in Prosthodontics.

Leadership Roles

University of Minnesota School of Dentistry

Department of Restorative Sciences Division of Prosthodontics 1986-present

Director, Graduate Program in Prosthodontics 1997-present


Military Honors:

National Defense Service Medal, US Navy 1963

Sea Service Ribbon, US Navy 1976

Battle Efficiency Ribbon, US Navy 1976

Meritorious Service Medal, US Navy 1983

Meritorious Service Medal, US Navy 1986

Other Awards / Honors:

Elected OKU 1991

Outstanding Instructor Award, 1987, 1989, 1990

University of Minnesota School of Dentistry 1992

Selected as Faculty Advisor to Student Council 1990, 1991, 1992

Selected in conjunction with Dr. James Jensen to present graduation address by Class of 1992 1992

Selected by graduating class as a sponsor for the graduation ceremony 1993, 1994

Selected to participate in the "Bush Faculty Development Program on Excellence and Diversity in Teaching" 1994, 1995

Accepted to the Graduate School Faculty of the University of Minnesota 1994

Nominated as first Speaker of the House of Delegates, American College of Prosthodontists 1996


Holtan JR, Olin PS, Rudney JR (1991). Dimensional stability of a polyvinylsiloxane impression material following ethylene oxide and steam autoclave sterilization. J Prosthet Dent 65: 519-25.

Lehner CR, Holtan JR (1991). SEM and energy dispersive x-ray surface analysis of the interfacial region of selected porcelain-metal systems. Schweiz Monatsschr Zahnmed 101: 285-93.

Quick DC, Holtan JR, Ross GK (1992). Use of a scanning laser three-dimensional digitizer to evaluate dimensional accuracy of dental impression materials. J Prosthet Dent 68: 229-55.

Holtan JR, Nystrom GP, Olin PS, Phelps RA, Phillips JJ, Douglas WH (1994). Bond Strength of Six Dentinal Adhesives. J Dent 22: 92-6.

Holtan JR, Lua J, Belvedere P, Lambert D (1995). Effect of latex gloves on shear bond strength of porcelain laminate veneers. JADA 126:611-616.

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