Professor van Goor's research line includes the epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory and infectious surgical diseases in the abdominal cavity including early and long term postoperative healing and healing disturbances. The focus is on common surgical issues such as intra-abdominal adhesion formation, intra-abdominal infection, anastomotic healing, incisional hernia and acute and chronic visceral pain and inflammation. An important part of the research is the development and testing of new biomaterials to prevent intra-abdominal complications (e.g. adhesion formation, anastomotic healing, incisonal hernia).
Professor van Goor received his medical training in Groningen from 1975 to 1983 where he was organ procurement officer until 1986. He also did his surgical training in the Groningen region between 1986 and 1992. Subsequently, he had a vascular and transplant surgery fellowship at University Hospital Groningen between 1992 and 1994. In 1994, he became a staff member at the Department of Surgery, Radboud University Medical Centre in Nijmegen. In 1999, he was appointed associate professor of Surgery and Surgical Education. Between 2001 and 2003 he was Chef de Clinique. He became a fellow of the Royal college of Surgery in 2009, Principal Lecturer in 2009, Principal Investigator in 2012, and Professor of Surgical Education at Radboud University Nijmegen in 2013. Between 1994 and 2013 he took several secretary and chairman positions of National and International Societies and Working Groups. Presently he is the chairman of the master curriculum in the School of Medicine in Nijmegen and President of the Dutch Adhesion Group.