James R. Holtan, DDS

James R. Holtan

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-625-5650

Naval Academy Dental School (Prosthodontics)

Naval Dental Clinic (Prosthodontics)

DDS, University of Minnesota, 1963

University of Minnesota, 1963

Certificate in Graduate Studies, Georgetown University, 1972


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.

Awards & Recognition

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.


Board Certifications

Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics, 1974