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Laura Goetz, F.A.C.S., M.D., M.P.H.

Medical Oncologist
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Medical Oncology & Therapeutics Research, Division of Clinical Cancer Genomics
“I am most passionate about finding new ways to prevent cancer from developing and encouraging people, especially people in under served communities, to do all that they can to get screened for cancer before it develops.”
The daughter of a doctor and a public health nurse, Laura H. Goetz M.D., M.P.H., knew early on she wanted to become a physician and help others. Along the way she became a decorated U.S. Army veteran, a talented cancer surgeon and a fierce believer in using every available tool – from public education campaigns to the latest genetic breakthroughs – to help prevent cancer.
Dr. Goetz holds a medical degree from University of Minnesota and a Masters in Public Health from University of California Berkeley. She is certified in cancer genetic risk assessment and most recently directed the Cancer Prevention and Early Detection program at TGen (Translational Genomics Research Institute), City of Hope’s genetic research affiliate. She is passionate about the new field of  “precision prevention” which collects detailed data on cancer mechanisms, inherited risks and environmental factors to create a specialized prevention plan for each patient.
Dr. Goetz is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps. She served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and earned the Army Commendation Medal and Combat Action Badge, both in 2011.


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Duarte, CA 91010

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Goetz LH, Schork NJ. Personalized medicine: motivation, challenges, and progress. Fertility and Sterility 2018 Jun;109(6):952-963.DOI: 0.1016/j.fertnstert.2018.05.006 PMID: 29935653
Warth B, Raffeiner P, Granados A, Huan T, Fang M, Forsberg EM, Benton HP, Goetz L, Johnson CH, Siuzdak G. Metabolomics Reveals that Dietary Xenoestrogens Alter Cellular Metabolism Induced by Palbociclib/Letrozole Combination Cancer Therapy. Cell Chem Biol. 2018 Mar 15;25(3):291-300.e3. DOI: 10.1016/j.chembiol.2017.12.010 PMID: 29337187
Schork NJ, Goetz LH. Single Subject (N-of-1) Studies in Translational Nutrition Research. Annu Rev Nutr. 2017 Aug 21;37:395-422. PMID: 28715990
Johnson CH, Spilker ME, Goetz L, Peterson SN, Siuzdak G. Metabolite and Microbiome Interplay in Cancer Immunotherapy. Cancer Research 2016 Nov 1;76(21):6146-6152. PMID:27729325
Johnson C, Dejea C, Edler D, Hoang L, Santidrian A, Felding B, Ivanisevic J, Cho K, Wick E, Hechenbleik E, Uritboonthal W, Goetz L, Casero R, Pardoll D, White J, Patti G, Sear C, Siuzdak G. Metabolism Links Bacterial Biofilms and Colon Carcinogenesis. Cell Metabolism 2015 Jun 2;21(6):891-897 PMID:25959674
Goetz L, Uribe-Bruce L, Quarless D, Libiger O, Schork N. Admixture and Clinical Phenotypic variation. Human Heredity 2014 Jul;77:73-86. PMID:25060271
Lipnick M, Mijumbi C, Dubowitz G, Kaggwa S, Goetz L, Mabweijano J, Jayaraman S, Kwizera A, Tindimwebwa J, Ozgediz D. Surgery and anesthesia capacity-building in resource-poor settings: description of an ongoing academic partnership in Uganda. World Journal of Surgery 2013 Mar;37(3):488-97. PMID: 23192167
Goetz L, Bethel K, Topol E. Rebooting cancer tissue handling in the sequencing era: toward routine use of frozen tumor tissue. JAMA 2013 Jan 2;309(1):37-8. PMID:23280221
Jayaraman SP, Ayzengart AL, Goetz LH, Ozgediz D, Farmer DL. Global health in general surgery residency: a national survey. Journal of the American College of Surgeons 2009 Mar;208(3):426-33. PMID: 19318005
Ogilvie JW Jr, Goetz L, Baxter NN, Park J, Minami S, Madoff RD. Female Sexual Dysfunction After Ileal Pouch Anal Anastomosis. British Journal of Surgery 2008 Jul;95(7):887-9. PMID: 18551505
Kim JY, Goetz L. Image of the month--perforated stercoral ulcer. Archives of Surgery 2007 Jan;142(1):97. PMID: 17224509
Steele S, Goetz L et al. Management of Recurrent Rectal Prolapse: Surgical Approach Influences Outcome. Diseases of the Colon and Rectum 2006 Apr;49:440-5. PMID:16465585
Goetz L, Lowry A. Sphincter/Perineal Reconstruction for Incontinence: Advanced Ano-Rectal Procedures. Operative Techniques in General Surgery 2005 Sep;7:137-42.
Goetz L, Lowry A. Overlapping Sphincteroplasty: Is it the Standard of Care? Clinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery 2005 Feb;(18):22-31. PMID:20011336
Talamonti MS, Goetz L, Rao S, Joehl RJ. Primary Cancers of the Small Bowel: Analysis of Prognostic Factors and Results of Surgical Management. Archives of Surgery 2002. May;137:564-71. PMID:11982470
Goetz L, Pomeroy C. Impact of prophylactic ganciclovir on bronchoalveolar lavage lymphocyte numbers and phenotypes in murine cytomegalovirus induced reactivation of Toxoplasma pneumonia. Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine 1996 Oct;128:384-91. PMID: 8833887
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