Christine Goertz, DC, PhD will be joining the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in October of 2019 as a Professor and the Director of System Development and Coordination for Spine Health at Duke Health. She will help build clinical research programs and improving non-operative spine care pathways respectively.
Dr. Goertz grew up in a small lakeside town of Bridgman, Michigan. She received her Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University in 1991 and her Ph.D. in Health Services Research, Policy and Administration from the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota in 1999.
Since 2016, Dr. Goertz has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Spine Institute for Quality. In addition, she has served as an Adjunct Associate at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke University Medical Center and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa. Prior to joining Spine IQ, she was Vice Chancellor of Research and Health Policy at Palmer College of Chiropractic for eleven years.
Her 25-year research career has focused on working with multi-disciplinary teams to design and implement clinical and health services research studies designed to increase knowledge regarding the effectiveness and cost of complementary and integrative healthcare delivery. She has extensive experience in the administration of Federal grants, both as a PI and as a program official at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Goertz has received nearly $32M in federal funding as either principal investigator or co-principal investigator, primarily from NIH and the Department of Defense, and has authored or co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed papers. Her primary area of focus is the investigation of patient-centered, non-pharmacological treatments for spine-related disorders. Dr. Goertz is a former member of the NIH/NCCIH National Advisory Council and currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), where she has assumed numerous leadership roles. In September 2018 Dr. Goertz was appointed to a 3-year term as Vice Chair of the PCORI Board by the Comptroller General of the United States.
Dr. Goertz enjoys spending time with her husband, Randy DeGeest, a retired District Court judge and Iowa century farmer. They have seven adult children between the two of them, ranging in age from 20 to 35, and a cat named Hazel. They enjoy cooking together, traveling, hiking, do it yourself house projects (her national television debut was in an episode of the HGTV show Designed to Sell), good books and spending time with family and friends.
According to Dr.Goertz:
“I envision a U.S. healthcare delivery system that consistently provides evidence-based, patient-centered, guideline-congruent spine care to the right individual at the right time. I am incredibly excited to be joining the outstanding team at the Duke University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in order to engage in the level of scientific inquiry and the implementation of clinical care models required to make that vision a reality.”