Stephen Goffar, PT, DPT, PhD

Dean, School of Physical Therapy

Dr. Goffar joined the UIW Physical Therapy Faculty in July 2014 upon retirement from the U.S. Army after 25 years of service as a Combat Arms Officer and Physical Therapist. He is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and a tenured Professor. Dr Goffar's previous positions include Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Education for the U.S. Army-Baylor University Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy; Consultant for Physical Therapy for the Commander of the Europe Army Medical Command; and Chief of Outpatient Physical Therapy at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. He received his AB in Biology from Ripon College in 1989; an MPT from Baylor University in 1996; a PhD in Education from the University of Hawai`i in 2005; a DPT from Baylor University in 2008; and an MS in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College in 2011. He is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedics.

Dr Goffar has been a clinician manager of physical therapy clinics in Hawai`i, The Republic of Korea, Germany, Iraq and Texas. He is a strong advocate of staff development and process improvement achieving unprecedented productivity and patient satisfaction. While in Germany, Dr Goffar represented the United States in efforts to build coalition partner capacity to care for citizens suffering traumatic lower and upper extremity amputation in the Republic of Georgia.

As an active researcher, Dr Goffar has been published in PTJJOSPTClinical BiomechanicsArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, and the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. His research focus has been on prediction and prevention of musculoskeletal injury as well as foot type and plantar pressure analysis. As a member of a prolific research team, Dr Goffar has received more than $2.8 Million in extramural funding.

Dr Goffar, has been married to his wife, Kim, for 25+ years and they have two sons, Joseph and Nicholas.


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Teyhen DS, Butler RJ, Plisky PJ, Kiesel KB, Goffar SL, Shaffer SW. Normative Data and Influence of Age and Gender on Power, Balance, Flexibility and Functional Movement in Healthy Service Members. Military Medicine, 2014 April, 179 (4): 413-20.

Moore JH, Goffar SL, Teyhen DS, Pendergrass TL, Childs JD, Ficke JR. Sports Medicine on the Battlefield: The Role of U.S. Military Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Journal, 2013 Sep; 93(9):1268-75.

Goffar SL, Reber RJ, Christiansen BC, Miller RB, Naylor JA, Rodriguez BM, Walker MJ, Teyhen DS, Changes in Dynamic Plantar Pressure During Loaded Gait, Physical Therapy Journal, 2013 Sep; 93(9):1175-84.

Naylor JA, Goffar SL, Chugg J. Avulsion Fracture of the Anterior Superior Iliac Spine, Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 2013 Mar; 43(3): 195.

Rhon DI, Teyhen DS, Shaffer SW, Butler RJ, Goffar SL, Kiesel KB, Boyles RE, McMillian D, Williamson JN, Plisky PJ, Comparison of Performance between Rangers, Combat, Combat Service, and Combat Service Support Soldiers. 3rd International Congress on Soldiers’ Physical Performance, Boston, MA, Aug 2014 (Thematic Poster).

Teyhen DS, Rhon DI, Butler RJ, Shaffer SW, Goffar SL, McMillian D, Boyles, RE, Kiesel KB, Plisky PJ. Influence of Physical Activity, Weight, Smoking and Prior Injury on Performance. 3rd International Congress on Soldiers’ Physical Performance, Boston, MA, Aug 2014 (Poster).

Shaffer SW, Teyhen DS, Butler RJ, Williams AM, Prye J, Goffar SL, Kiesel KB, Rhon DI, Plisky PJ. Prospective Musculoskeletal Injury Rates among Different Categories of Soldiers. 3rd International Congress on Soldiers’ Physical Performance, Boston, MA, Aug 2014 (Platform).

Teyhen DS, Shaffer SW, Goffar SL, et al. Identification of Risk Factors Prospectively Associated With Musculoskeletal Injury in a Warrior Athlete Population. Sports Health. 2020;12(6):564-572. doi:10.1177/1941738120902991