Jessica E. Goetz, PhD

Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering (BME)

Contact Information

Primary Office
2181J-1 WL
Iowa City, IA 52242


BSE, Biomedical Engineering, The University of Iowa
PhD, Biomedical Engineering, The University of Iowa


Goetz, J. E., Davidson, N. P., Rudert, M. J., Szabo, N., Karam, M. D. & Phisitkul, P. (2018). Biomechanical comparison of syndesmotic repair techniques during external rotation stress. Foot Ankle Int, 39(11), 1345-1354. PMID: 30005173.

Scott, E. J., Thomas-Aitken, H. D., Glass, N., Westermann, R., Goetz, J. E. & Willey, M. C. (2018). Unaddressed cam deformity is associated with elevated joint contact stress after periacetabular osteotomy. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 100(20), e131. PMID: 30334890.

Thomas-Aitken, H. D., Willey, M. C. & Goetz, J. E. (2018). Joint contact stresses calculated for acetabular dysplasia patients using discrete element analysis are significantly influenced by the applied gait pattern. J Biomech, 79, 45-53. PMID: 30104055.

Goetz, J. E., Rungprai, C., Rudert, M. J., Warth, L. C. & Phisitkul, P. (2018). Screw fixation of the syndesmosis alters joint contact characteristics in an axially loaded cadaveric model. Foot and Ankle Surgery. DOI:

Seol, D., Tochigi, Y., Bogner, A. M., Song, I., Fredericks, D. C., Kurriger, G. L., Smith, S. M., Goetz, J. E., Buckwalter, J. A. & Martin, J. A. (2018). Effects of knockout of the receptor for advanced glycation end-products on bone mineral density and synovitis in mice with intra-articular fractures. J Orthop Res, 36(9), 2439-2449. PMID: 29667227.

Fitzpatrick, E., Goetz, J. E., Sittapairoj, T., Hosuru Siddappa, V., Femino, J. E. & Phisitkul, P. (2018). Effect of posterior malleolus fracture on syndesmotic reduction: A cadaveric study. J Bone Joint Surg, 100(3), 243-248. PMID: 29406346.

Coleman, M. C., Goetz, J. E., Brouillette, M. J., Seol, D., Willey, M. C., Petersen, E. B., Anderson, H. D., Hendrickson, N. R., Compton, J., Khorsand, B., Morris, A. S., Salem, A. K., Fredericks, D. C., McKinley, T. O. & Martin, J. A. (2018). Targeting mitochondrial responses to intra-articular fracture to prevent posttraumatic osteoarthritis. Sci Transl Med, 10(427). PMID: 29437147.

Townsend, K. C., Thomas-Aitken, H. D., Rudert, M. J., Kern, A. M., Willey, M. C., Anderson, D. D. & Goetz, J. E. (2018). Discrete element analysis is a valid method for computing joint contact stress in the hip before and after acetabular fracture. J Biomech, 67, 9-17. PMID: 29221903.

Permeswaran, V. N., Caceres, A., Goetz, J. E., Anderson, D. D. & Hettrich, C. M. (2017). The effect of glenoid component version and humeral polyethylene liner rotation on subluxation and impingement in reverse shoulder arthroplasty. J Shoulder Elbow Surg, 26(10), 1718-1725. PMID: 28545718.

Phisitkul, P., Hosuru Siddappa, V., Sittapairoj, T., Goetz, J. E., Den Hartog, B. D. & Femino, J. E. (2017). Cadaveric evaluation of dorsal intermetatarsal approach for plantar plate and lateral collateral ligament repair of the lesser metatarsophalangeal joints. Foot Ankle Int, 38(7), 791-796. PMID: 28399657.

Heckelsmiller, D. J., Rudert, M. J., Baer, T. E., Pedersen, D. R., Fredericks, D. C. & Goetz, J. E. (2017). Changes in joint contact mechanics in a large quadrupedal animal model after partial meniscectomy and a focal cartilage injury. J Biomech Eng, 139(5). PMID: 28267190.

Goetz, J. E., Coleman, M. C., Fredericks, D. C., Petersen, E., Martin, J. A., McKinley, T. O. & Tochigi, Y. (2017). Time-dependent loss of mitochondrial function precedes progressive histologic cartilage degeneration in a rabbit meniscal destabilization model. J Orthop Res, 35(3), 590-599. PMID: 27279147.

Martin, J. A., Anderson, D. D., Goetz, J. E., Fredericks, D., Pedersen, D. R., Ayati, B. P., Marsh, J. L. & Buckwalter, J. A. (2017). Complementary models reveal cellular responses to contact stresses that contribute to post-traumatic osteoarthritis. J Orthop Res, 35(3), 515-523. PMID: 27509320.

Baer, T. E., Frisbie, R., Willey, M. C. & Goetz, J. E. (2017). Development of a simplified ankle distractor. ASME. Frontiers in Biomedical Devices, 2017 Design of Medical Devices Conference, V001T03A005. DOI: 10.1115/DMD2017-3438.

Permeswaran, V. N., Goetz, J. E., Rudert, M. J., Hettrich, C. M. & Anderson, D. D. (2016). Cadaveric validation of a finite element modeling approach for studying scapular notching in reverse shoulder arthroplasty. J Biomech, 49(13), 3069-3073. PMID: 27562313.

Goetz, J. E., Rungprai, C., Tennant, J. N., Huber, E., Uribe, B., Femino, J., Phisitkul, P. & Amendola, A. (2016). Variable volumes of resected bone resulting from different total ankle arthroplasty systems. Foot Ankle Int, 37(8), 898-904. PMID: 27113607.

Duchman, K. R., Goetz, J. E., Uribe, B. U., Amendola, A. M., Barber, J. A., Malandra, A. E., Fredericks, D. C. & Hettrich, C. M. (2016). Delayed administration of recombinant human parathyroid hormone improves early biomechanical strength in a rat rotator cuff repair model. J Shoulder Elbow Surg, 25(8), 1280-1287. PMID: 26948004.

Hettrich, C. M., Permeswaran, V. N., Goetz, J. E. & Anderson, D. D. (2015). Mechanical tradeoffs associated with glenosphere lateralization in reverse shoulder arthroplasty. J Shoulder Elbow Surg, 24(11), 1774-1781. PMID: 26238003.

Goetz, J. E., Fredericks, D. R., Petersen, E., Rudert, M. J., Baer, T., Swanson, E., Roberts, N., Martin, J. & Tochigi, Y. (2015). A clinically realistic large animal model of intra-articular fracture that progresses to post-traumatic osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis Cartilage, 23(10), 1797-1805. PMID: 26033166.

Rungprai, C., Goetz, J. E., Arunakul, M., Gao, Y., Femino, J. E., Amendola, A. & Phisitkul, P. (2014). Validation and reproducibility of a biplanar imaging system versus conventional radiography of foot and ankle radiographic parameters. Foot Ankle Int, 35(11), 1166-1175. PMID: 25082963.

Bisicchia, S., Rosso, F., Pizzimenti, M. A., Rungprai, C., Goetz, J. E. & Amendola, A. (2014). Injury risk to extraosseous knee vasculature during osteotomies: A cadaveric study with CT and dissection analysis. Clin Orthop Relat Res, 473(3), 1030-1039. PMID: 25337978.

Tennant, J. N., Rungprai, C., Pizzimenti, M. A., Goetz, J. E., Phisitkul, P., Femino, J. & Amendola, A. (2014). Risks to the blood supply of the talus after four methods of total ankle arthroplasty: A cadaveric injection study. J Bone Joint Surg, 96(5), 395-402. PMID: 24599201.

Anderson, D. D., Goetz, J. E. (2014). Musculoskeletal Biomechanics. In L. Cannada (Eds.) Orthopaedic Knowledge Update 11. Rosemont, IL .

Pedersen, D. R., Goetz, J. E., Kurriger, G. L. & Martin, J. A. (2013). Comparative digital cartilage histology for human and common osteoarthritis models. Orthop Res Rev, 2013(5), 13-20. PMID: 24465137.

Ebinger, T., Goetz, J., Dolan, L. & Phisitkul, P. (2013). 3D model analysis of existing CT syndesmosis measurements. Iowa Orthop J,(33), 40-46. PMID: 24027459.

Heiner, A. D., Smith, A. D., Goetz, J. E., Goreham-Voss, C. M., Judd, K. T. & McKinley, T. O. (2013). Cartilage-on-cartilage vs. metal-on-cartilage impact characteristics and responses. J Orthop Res, 31(6), 887-893. PMID: 23335281.

Pedersen, D. R., Martin, J. A., Thedens, D. R., Klocke, N. F., Roberts, N. H., Goetz, J. E. & Amendola, A. (2013). Imaging biopsy composition at ACL reconstruction. Orthop Res Rev,(5), 35-41. PMID: 24855396.

Phisitkul, P., Sullivan, J., Goetz, J. E. & Marsh, J. L. (2013). Maximizing safety in screw placement for posterior facet fixation in calcaneus fractures: A cadaveric radio-anatomical study. Foot Ankle Int, 34(9), 1279-1285. PMID: 23598855.

Goetz, J. E., Kunze, N. M., Main, E. K., Thedens, D. R., Baer, T. E., Lawler, E. A. & Brown, T. D. (2013). MRI-apparent localized deformation of the median nerve within the carpal tunnel during functional hand loading. Ann Biomed Eng, 41(10), 2099-2108. PMID: 23612911.

Arunakul, M., Tochigi, Y., Goetz, J. E., Diestelmeier, B. W., Heiner, A. D., Rudert, M. J., Fredericks, D. C., Brown, T. D. & McKinley, T. O. (2013). Replication of chronic abnormal cartilage loading by medial meniscus destabilization for modeling osteoarthritis in the rabbit knee in vivo. J Orthop Res, 31(10), 1555-1560. PMID: 23843150.

Arunakul, M., Amendola, A., Gao, Y., Goetz, J. E., Femino, J. E. & Phisitkul, P. (2013). Tripod Index: A new radiographic parameter assessing foot alignment. Foot Ankle Int, 34(10), 1411-1420. PMID: 23657663.

Arunakul, M., Amendola, A., Gao, Y., Goetz, J. E., Femino, J. E. & Phisitkul, P. (2013). Tripod Index: Diagnostic accuracy in symptomatic flatfoot and cavovarus foot: Part 2. Iowa Orthop J,(33), 47-53. PMID: 24027460.

Phisitkul, P., Ebinger, T., Goetz, J. E., Vaseenon, T. & Marsh, J. L. (2012). Forceps reduction of the syndesmosis in rotational ankle fractures: A cadaveric study. J Bone Joint Surg, 94(24), 2256-2261. PMID: 23318616.

Heiner, A. D., Martin, J. A., McKinley, T. O., Goetz, J. E., Thedens, D. R. & Brown, T. D. (2012). Frequency content of cartilage impact force signal reflects acute histologic structural damage. Cartilage, 3(4), 314-322. PMID: 24015324.

Main, E. K., Goetz, J. E., Baer, T. E., Klocke, N. F. & Brown, T. D. (2012). Volar/dorsal compressive mechanical behavior of the transverse carpal ligament. J Biomech, 45(7), 1180-1185. PMID: 22381735.

Main, E. K., Goetz, J. E., Rudert, M. J., Goreham-Voss, C. M. & Brown, T. D. (2011). Apparent transverse compressive material properties of the digital flexor tendons and the median nerve in the carpal tunnel. J Biomech, 44, 863–868. PMID: 21194695.

Goetz, J. E., Robinson, D. A., Pedersen, D. R., Conzemius, M. G. & Brown, T. D. (2011). Cryoinsult parameter effects on the histologically-apparent volume of experimentally-induced osteonecrotic lesions. J Orthop Res, 29(6), 931–937. PMID: 21259339.

Goetz, J. E., Baer, T. E. (2011). Mechanical behavior of carpal tunnel subsynovial connective tissue under compression. Iowa Orthop J, 31, 127–132. PMID: 22096431.

Vaseenon, T., Tochigi, Y., Heiner, A. D., Goetz, J. E., Baer, T. E., Fredericks, D. C., Martin, J. A., Rudert, M. J., Hillis, S. L., Brown, T. D. & McKinley, T. O. (2011). Organ-level histological and biomechanical responses from localized incongruity in the rabbit knee. J Orthop Res, 29(3), 340–346. PMID: 20886656.

Goetz, J. E., Thedens, D. R., Kunze, N. M., Lawler, E. A. & Brown, T. D. (2010). Day-to-day variability of median nerve location within the carpal tunnel. Clin Biomech, 25, 660–665. PMID: 20605292.

Ko, C., Goetz, J. E. & Brown, T. D. (2010). FSI analysis to understand carpal tunnel syndrome. In Tech Briefs. ADINA R & D, Inc

Kunze, N. M., Goetz, J. E., Thedens, D. R., Baer, T. E., Lawler, E. A. & Brown, T. D. (2009). Individual flexor tendon identification within the carpal tunnel: A semi-automated analysis method for serial cross-section MR images. Orthop Res Reviews, 1, 31–42. PMID: 20694056.

Goetz, J. E., Pedersen, D. R., Robinson, D. A., Conzemius, M. G., Baer, T. E. & Brown, T. D. (2008). The apparent critical isotherm for cryoinsult-induced osteonecrotic lesions in the emu femoral head. J Biomech, 41(10), 2197-2205. PMID: 18561937.

Goetz, J. (2008). Critical Aspects of Modeling Femoral Head Osteonecrosis in the Emu. Ph.D. Thesis, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Iowa.

Goetz, J. E., Derrick, T. R., Pedersen, D. R., Robinson, D. A., Conzemius, M. G., Baer, T. E. & Brown, T. D. (2008). Hip joint contact force in the emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) during normal level walking. J Biomech, 41(4), 770-8. PMID: 18206892.

Goetz, J. E., Chung, Y. Y., Zimmerman, D. L., Pedersen, D. R., Robinson, D. A., Conzemius, M. G. & Brown, T. D. (2005). Steroid-induced versus cryoinsult-induced femoral head osteonecrosis: Statistical measurement of histologic abnormality focalization. J Musculoskelet Res, 9(4), 161–172. DOI: