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Orthopaedic Surgery

Secondary Specialty:

Hand and/or Upper Extremity Surgery
Shoulder Surgery

Board Certifications:

  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Hand Surgery


MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Baltimore, MD


University of Pittsburgh Medical School
Pittsburgh, PA


Indiana University Hospital
Indianapolis, IN
Indiana Hand Center
Indianapolis, IN


UPMC Presbyterian
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
UPMC Presbyterian South Surgery Center
UPMC Children's Surgery Centers

Robert J. Goitz, MD


Chief, Division of Hand, Upper Extremity and Microsurgery, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh
Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh
Associate Professor, Department of Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh

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Research Interests

Basic Science

  • DIP Joint Anatomy and Kinematics: Using micro-CT analysis, evaluating the anatomy and biomechanics of the DIP joint. Characterizing wear characteristics of the DIP joint and developing a model to study osteoarthritis. Also developing implants for the DIP joint with patent pending invention.
  • Carpal Tunnel Morphology: Rigorously characterized the transverse carpal ligament, the carpal canal and the change in dimensions related to wrist motion
  • Biomechanical consequences of compression neuropathies including motor control and coordination
  • Thumb CMC Kinematics in Osteoarthritis: Use of motion analysis to characterize complex motion of the thumb CMC and MCP joints and correlate changes related to osteoarthritic changes. Plan to develop more comprehensive classification for basal thumb joint arthritis.
  • Forearm Biomechanics: Studying the association between the type of radial head fracture and the potential for an interosseous membrane injury (Essex Lopresti lesion) using MRI
  • Studying the potential for vascular stem cells to improve nerve recovery

Clinical Research

  • Ulnar-sided wrist pain: Studying outcome of nonoperative treatment for patients presenting with ulnar-sided wrist pain
  • TFCC tears: Prospective study of different techniques to treat peripheral traumatic TFCC tears
  • Nerve conduits: Complications associated with the use of nerve conduits for digital nerve deficits
  • Wrist fractures in elderly: Outcome of elderly treated for distal radius fracture

View Dr. Goitz's full list of publications from PubMed.

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