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Laura Goetzl, MD, MPH


Laura Goetzl, MD, MPH


Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
Professor, Shriners Hospitals Pediatric Research Center
Vice Chair of Research and Academic Development
Director, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Telephone:  215-707-3008

Email: laura.goetzl@tuhs.temple.edu


Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

Shriners Hospitals Pediatric Research Center


Educational Background:


Undergraduate degree, Amherst College, Amherst, MA, 1989


MD, University of California, San Francisco, CA, 1993


Residency, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Harvard University, Boston, MA, 1997


MPH, Harvard University, Boston, MA, 1999


Fellowship, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Tufts University, Boston, MA, 2000


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clinical Interests:

  • Multiple gestation
  • Advanced maternal age
  • High risk pregnancy
  • Prenatal diagnosis
  • Vaginal birth after Cesearean

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board certifications:

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Maternal Fetal Medicine

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professional affiliations:

  • Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine
  • American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • Society for Gynecologic Investigation
  • Perinatal Research Society
  • American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine
  • Society for Obstetrical Anesthesia and Perinatology

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research interests:


  • Placental transport
  • Intrauterine neuroprotection
  • Labor mechanisms
  • Obstetric anesthesia

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Recent Medically Related Publications, Obtained from PubMed (Click on PubMed ID to view abstract)

26378701. Goodier CG, Lu JT, Hebbar L, Segal BS, Goetzl L, Neuraxial Anesthesia in Parturients with Thrombocytopenia: A Multisite Retrospective Cohort Study. Anesth Analg 121:4(988-91)2015 Oct

26235615. Moon UY, Park JY, Park R, Cho JY, Hughes LJ, McKenna J 3rd, Goetzl L, Cho SH, Crino PB, Gambello MJ, Kim S, Impaired Reelin-Dab1 Signaling Contributes to Neuronal Migration Deficits of Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. Cell Rep 12:6(965-78)2015 Aug 11

26097983. Rhee KY, Goetzl L, Unal R, Cierny J, Flood P, The Relationship Between Plasma Inflammatory Cytokines and Labor Pain. Anesth Analg 121:3(748-51)2015 Sep

25979619. Dell'Ovo V, Rosenzweig J, Burd I, Merabova N, Darbinian N, Goetzl L, An animal model for chorioamnionitis at term. Am J Obstet Gynecol 213:3(387.e1-10)2015 Sep

25970272. Flood P, McKinley P, Monk C, Muntner P, Colantonio LD, Goetzl L, Hatch M, Sloan RP, Beat-to-Beat Heart Rate and Blood Pressure Variability and Hypertensive Disease in Pregnancy. Am J Perinatol 32:11(1050-8)2015 Sep

25758619. Miller H, Goetzl L, Wing DA, Powers B, Rugarn O, Optimising daytime deliveries when inducing labour using prostaglandin vaginal inserts. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med :(1-6)2015 May 19

24614812. Goetzl L, Methods of cervical ripening and labor induction: pharmacologic. Clin Obstet Gynecol 57:2(377-90)2014 Jun

24583198. Steele HB, Goetzl L, The practical utility of routine postpartum hemoglobin assessment. Am J Obstet Gynecol 210:6(576.e1-6)2014 Jun

24557092. Goetzl L, Epidural fever in obstetric patients: it's a hot topic. Anesth Analg 118:3(494-5)2014 Mar

24295921. Cierny JT, Unal ER, Flood P, Rhee KY, Praktish A, Olson TH, Goetzl L, Maternal inflammatory markers and term labor performance. Am J Obstet Gynecol 210:5(447.e1-6)2014 May

24239498. Herring SJ, Nelson DB, Pien GW, Homko C, Goetzl LM, Davey A, Foster GD, Objectively measured sleep duration and hyperglycemia in pregnancy. Sleep Med 15:1(51-5)2014 Jan

23999066. Burch J, Karmaus W, Gangur V, Soto-Ramírez N, Yousefi M, Goetzl LM, Pre- and perinatal characteristics and breast milk immune markers. Pediatr Res 74:5(615-21)2013 Nov

22991928. Soto-Ramírez N, Karmaus W, Zhang H, Liu J, Billings D, Gangur V, Amrol D, da Costa KA, Davis S, Goetzl L, Fatty acids in breast milk associated with asthma-like symptoms and atopy in infancy: a longitudinal study. J Asthma 49:9(926-34)2012 Nov

22473213. Goetzl L, Epidural analgesia and maternal fever: a clinical and research update. Curr Opin Anaesthesiol 25:3(292-9)2012 Jun

22402483. Unal ER, Lynn T, Neidich J, Salazar D, Goetzl L, Baatz JE, Hulsey TC, Van Dolah R, Guillette LJ Jr, Newman R, Racial disparity in maternal and fetal-cord bisphenol A concentrations. J Perinatol 32:11(844-50)2012 Nov

21860297. Unal ER, Lazenby GB, Lintzenich AE, Simpson KN, Newman R, Goetzl L, Cost-effectiveness of maternal treatment to prevent perinatal hepatitis B virus transmission. Obstet Gynecol 118:3(655-62)2011 Sep

21593755. DeVane L, Goetzl LM, Ramamoorthy S, Exposing fetal drug exposure. Clin Pharmacol Ther 89:6(786-8)2011 Jun

21376162. Unal ER, Cierny JT, Roedner C, Newman R, Goetzl L, Maternal inflammation in spontaneous term labor. Am J Obstet Gynecol 204:3(223.e1-5)2011 Mar

20638576. Goetzl L, Adverse pregnancy outcomes after abnormal first-trimester screening for aneuploidy. Clin Lab Med 30:3(613-28)2010 Sep

20350644. Goetzl L, Manevich Y, Roedner C, Praktish A, Hebbar L, Townsend DM, Maternal and fetal oxidative stress and intrapartum term fever. Am J Obstet Gynecol 202:4(363.e1-5)2010 Apr

20014277. Willis LM, Freeman L, Bickford PC, Quintero EM, Umphlet CD, Moore AB, Goetzl L, Granholm AC, Blueberry supplementation attenuates microglial activation in hippocampal intraocular grafts to aged hosts. Glia 58:6(679-90)2010 Apr 15

19691257. Yoost JL, Goetzl L, Hoda R, Soper DE, Barry A, Management of the low grade squamous intraepithelial lesion Pap smear in a cross-sectional, observational cohort. J Reprod Med 54:7(421-4)2009 Jul

19576376. Carter JF, Soper DE, Goetzl LM, Van Dorsten JP, Abdominal cerclage for the treatment of recurrent cervical insufficiency: laparoscopy or laparotomy? Am J Obstet Gynecol 201:1(111.e1-4)2009 Jul

19249725. Goetzl L, Maximum oxytocin dose in vaginal birth after cesarean delivery is arbitrary. Am J Obstet Gynecol 200:5(e10; author reply e10-1)2009 May

18565488. Sapp H, Goetzl L, Creasman W, Kohler M, Underwood P, Esnaola N, Combined adverse effect of African American race and deep stromal invasion on survival following radical hysterectomy for cervical cancer. Am J Obstet Gynecol 199:2(196.e1-7)2008 Aug

18501327. Goetzl L, Korte JE, Interaction between intrapartum maternal fever and fetal acidosis increases risk for neonatal encephalopathy. Am J Obstet Gynecol 199:2(e9; author reply e9)2008 Aug

17329521. Goetzl L, Rivers J, Zighelboim I, Wali A, Badell M, Suresh MS, Intrapartum epidural analgesia and maternal temperature regulation. Obstet Gynecol 109:3(687-90)2007 Mar

16875647. Goetzl L, Zighelboim I, Badell M, Rivers J, Mastrangčlo MA, Tweardy D, Suresh MS, Maternal corticosteroids to prevent intrauterine exposure to hyperthermia and inflammation: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Am J Obstet Gynecol 195:4(1031-7)2006 Oct

16215362. Mattox KL, Goetzl L, Trauma in pregnancy. Crit Care Med 33:10 Suppl(S385-9)2005 Oct

15932825. Woo J, Fine P, Goetzl L, Abortion disclosure and the association with domestic violence. Obstet Gynecol 105:6(1329-34)2005 Jun

15507982. Krantz D, Goetzl L, Simpson JL, Thom E, Zachary J, Hallahan TW, Silver R, Pergament E, Platt LD, Filkins K, Johnson A, Mahoney M, Hogge WA, Wilson RD, Mohide P, Hershey D, Wapner R, Association of extreme first-trimester free human chorionic gonadotropin-beta, pregnancy-associated plasma protein A, and nuchal translucency with intrauterine growth restriction and other adverse pregnancy outcomes. Am J Obstet Gynecol 191:4(1452-8)2004 Oct

15458882. Platt LD, Greene N, Johnson A, Zachary J, Thom E, Krantz D, Simpson JL, Silver RK, Snijders RJ, Goetzl L, Pergament E, Filkins K, Mahoney MJ, Hogge WA, Wilson RD, Mohide P, Hershey D, MacGregor S, Bahado-Singh R, Jackson LG, Wapner R, Sequential pathways of testing after first-trimester screening for trisomy 21. Obstet Gynecol 104:4(661-6)2004 Oct

15228997. Goetzl L, Krantz D, Simpson JL, Silver RK, Zachary JM, Pergament E, Platt LD, Mahoney MJ, Wapner RJ, Pregnancy-associated plasma protein A, free beta-hCG, nuchal translucency, and risk of pregnancy loss. Obstet Gynecol 104:1(30-6)2004 Jul

15141263. Goetzl L, Rivers J, Evans T, Citron DR, Richardson BE, Lieberman E, Suresh MS, Prophylactic acetaminophen does not prevent epidural fever in nulliparous women: a double-blind placebo-controlled trial. J Perinatol 24:8(471-5)2004 Aug

13679931. Goetzl L, Cohen A, Frigoletto F Jr, Lang JM, Lieberman E, Maternal epidural analgesia and rates of maternal antibiotic treatment in a low-risk nulliparous population. J Perinatol 23:6(457-61)2003 Sep

12388959. Goetzl L, Evans T, Rivers J, Suresh MS, Lieberman E, Elevated maternal and fetal serum interleukin-6 levels are associated with epidural fever. Am J Obstet Gynecol 187:4(834-8)2002 Oct

12100826. Goetzl LM, ACOG Practice Bulletin. Clinical Management Guidelines for Obstetrician-Gynecologists Number 36, July 2002. Obstetric analgesia and anesthesia. Obstet Gynecol 100:1(177-91)2002 Jul

12082477. Goetzl L, Wilkins I, Glyburide compared to insulin for the treatment of gestational diabetes mellitus: a cost analysis. J Perinatol 22:5(403-6)2002 Jul-Aug

11694687. Goetzl L, Cohen A, Frigoletto F Jr, Ringer SA, Lang JM, Lieberman E, Maternal epidural use and neonatal sepsis evaluation in afebrile mothers. Pediatrics 108:5(1099-102)2001 Nov

11239641. Goetzl L, Shipp TD, Cohen A, Zelop CM, Repke JT, Lieberman E, Oxytocin dose and the risk of uterine rupture in trial of labor after cesarean. Obstet Gynecol 97:3(381-4)2001 Mar

10191792. Lieberman E, Cohen A, Lang J, Frigoletto F, Goetzl L, Maternal intrapartum temperature elevation as a risk factor for cesarean delivery and assisted vaginal delivery. Am J Public Health 89:4(506-10)1999 Apr

8766593. Vafa O, Goetzl L, Poccia D, Nishioka D, Localization and characterization of blastocoelic extracellular matrix antigens in early sea urchin embryos and evidence for their proteolytic modification during gastrulation. Differentiation 60:3(129-38)1996 Jun

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