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David C. Holte, MD

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Orthopedic Surgery, Board Certified Spine Surgery Fellowship

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Areas of Focus

Spine & Neck Care

David C. Holte, MD

Practice Overview

David Holte, MD, specializes in treating disorders of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine, including disc herniation, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, spinal arthritis, spinal fractures, spondylolisthesis, and spinal infections; as well as orthopedic trauma and fracture management.

Clinical Interest

Spine & Neck Care, including Cervical and Low Back/Lumbar


Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Fellowship in Spinal Surgery, London, England

University of Minnesota Medical School

Medical Degree
University of Minnesota Medical School

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Fairview Physicians Associates
Hennepin County Medical Association
Minnesota Medical Association
Minnesota Orthopaedic Association
North American Spine Society
Twin Cities Orthopaedic Society

Leadership Positions

Orthopaedic Consultants – President (1998 – 2002)
Twin Cities Orthopedics – President (2002 – Present)
Fairview Southdale Hospital

Chair of Orthopedics (2003 – 2010)
Chief of Medical Staff-Elect (2011 – 2012)
Chief of Medical Staff (2012 – 2013)
Chief of Medical Staff-Past (2013 – 2014)
Chair of Quality Committee (2011 – 2012)
Chair of Medical Exec Comm. (2012 – 2013)
Chair of Credentials Comm. (2013 – 2015)

Achievements & Awards

Russell Hibbs Award, Best Clinical Research Paper, Scoliosis Research Society (1991)


Wendy Gross, RN

Wendy Gross, RN
Surgical Assistant

Patient Testimonials

November 20, 2020

Bruce L.

In November 1999, after several years of trying more conservative treatments, Dr. Holte performed L4-5 spinal fusion surgery to relieve stenosis. This was affecting my mobility and causing chronic lower-back pain from normal activities. Some 21 years later, at the age of 70, I remain extremely grateful for the good work and skill of Dr. Holte. While I’m sure medical advances have altered the approach to this surgery, I don’t believe current outcomes could be any better than what I’ve enjoyed these many years and still relish today.

I’ve maintained a highly active life, still participating regularly in cycling, hiking, cross country and downhill skiing, golfing, swimming and several miles of daily walking with our dogs! I’ve also completed several major home improvement projects and volunteer regularly on a building crew with Habitat for Humanity. While “over use” sometimes results in temporary and minor lower back pain, the surgery in 1999 has allowed me to live the life that I was born to live, and I’ll be forever indebted to Dr. Holte for making that possible.

April 4, 2019

Melanie R.

After almost four years of trying to treat my back pain through noninvasive methods, I felt it was time to explore surgical options. Dr. Holte listened respectfully to my concerns about how the pain restricted my activities, ordered some tests, and determined I was a candidate for a posterior spinal fusion. During my hospital stay he was caring and attentive. The surgery was a success, and now, seven months later, I have my life back.

January 2, 2019

Darrel L.

Dr. David Holte is an excellent surgeon and the most caring doctor I have ever dealt with. He performed my back surgery in December 2017 and made sure I was taken care of. I was experiencing some pain during the first night after my surgery and when the nursing staff contacted him with a question, he came in to the hospital in the middle of the night to make sure I was okay. During my recovery, he not only took care of me but made sure that my family had everything they needed. He is the only spine doctor I would ever see and would recommend him to anyone looking for the best, most caring spine surgeon.

January 2, 2019

David H.

I was experiencing numbing from waist down! With the diagnosis from Dr. David Holte, surgery was scheduled! He is a very excellent surgeon, along with his staff, Nurse Wendy and Care Coordinator Kim! I would recommend Dr. David Holte to all that have back issues! Thank you for the success of my surgery!

June 20, 2018


After dealing with increasing pain and decreasing ability to move or sleep, having Dr. Holte perform surgery to fuse two discs and remove cysts on both sides of my spine, was near miraculous. The morning after surgery, I no longer had the pain that I had been experiencing for almost three years. I had herniated a disc many years ago, arthritis had set in and as the years went by, my back became more painful. Dr. Holte explained the procedure and recovery fully and I was totally able to trust his expertise. I will always be thankful for him and won’t hesitate to recommend him for spine issues.

June 20, 2018

Mary S.

Dr. David Holte is one of the kindest men I have ever met. He is calm, a great listener and wants to help patients eliminate pain. I was one of those patients with stabbing back pain in 2008 and again in 2018. A friend highly recommended Dr. Holte. We hit the jackpot! Through Dr. Holte’s experience and expertise, I have had two successful back surgeries. TCO has taken wonderful care of me and I feel so blessed that Dr. Holte performed my surgeries.

June 23, 2017

Mark K.

In 2000 I ruptured a lumbar disk. After putting up with pain in the back and down my legs, and periods of time where I would be incapacitated because my back would “go out” with no notice I saw Dr. Holte and on analysis of my MRI he determined there was a bulge that was touching my spinal cord. He did a Microdiscetomy, and removed a solidified piece of disk fluid. While the surgery was not for the purpose of repair of the disk degeneration that had occurred due to the rupture and while I still have to limit activity, it did stop the pain in the legs and incidences of the back “going out.” I have not had one of those incidences in the 16 years since the surgery.

March 8, 2017

Jason S.

I had a catastrophic back injury in 2005 from a work related accident where my L5-S1 disk was destroyed.  I tried every single treatment imaginable in order to avoid surgery.  I tried therapies ranging from bio-electric therapy to injections to traction to core strengthening.  None of that worked.  Strength wasn’t my issue either.  I was in massive pain for a year where it felt like I had a screwdriver stuck into my spine and someone would occasionally twist it.  I visited Dr. Holte and he knew exactly what needed to be done.  His calm and professional demeanor put me at ease.  Dr. Holte did a L5-S1 fusion where he went in through my stomach (thus avoiding cutting the smaller muscles in my back) and he fused my spine from the front.  My family said that during my recovery from surgery he spent time with them and answered every question they had as well and put them at ease.  I awoke from my surgery and never had a hint of back pain since.  It has been over a decade since Dr. Holte fixed my spine and I haven’t ever had a pain in my back.  Nor have I had any issues with any other parts of my back.  In addition, outside of having to sit down sideways to tie my shoes because my spine is fused, I have not had my quality of life diminished at all.  In fact, I golf, hunt, fish, play sports and am active with my 10 year old daughter and 15 year old boy that I mentor.  Basically I have no limitations on what I can do in life.  Dr. Holte did an amazing job with my back and his expertise and professionalism with my family was greatly appreciated.  Anyone considering having anything done with their back would be wise to see Dr. Holte first.  I literally would trust him with my life and future as he should he was more than capable of looking after mine a decade ago.

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February 9, 2017


Dr. Holte is amazing! I cannot possibly speak more highly of him. Before meeting Dr. Holte, I was in constant pain following a back injury (this coming from an otherwise healthy 23 year old). I had been to numerous doctors who wrote my pain off, or told me to come back in a few weeks if not better, but no one was interested in helping me. I was able to get an appointment with Dr. Holte and had surgery 3 days later. He was fantastic! He was the only doctor that I felt truly cared, and took the time to listen to me. Thanks to him, I had no issues post op, and have not felt that pain since sitting on the gurney to go to surgery. He truly is a life changing person!

December 8, 2016

Erik S.

In 2000/2001 I had a very herniated disk. I had lost sensation and function in my left lower leg. It took 4 days from diagnosis to surgery.  Dr. Holte did a fabulous job. I had zero post-op pain and have had no issues nearly sixteen years later.

September 21, 2015

John C.

Dr. Holte is the GREATEST. Prior to surgery I was in a wheel chair for a period of time and he has made my life much more bearable. He is gentle, kind and wonderful…what a fantastic place!!

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