Dr. Keelin O'Donoghue

Dr. Keelin O'Donoghue
Clinical Lead for Obstetric Research

Keelin’s research interests include prenatal diagnosis and screening, miscarriage, stillbirth, perinatal palliative care, complicated multiple pregnancy, and qualitative research in Clinical Obstetrics. She heads the multi-disciplinary Pregnancy Loss Research Group at CUMH, combining supervising a large group of postgraduate students with collaborative clinical research in this area.

Keelin O’Donoghue is a medical graduate of University College Dublin and a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists. She received her PhD in Obstetrics and Gynaecology from the University of London in 2005, following studies at Imperial College London. She completed RCOG sub-speciality training in Maternal and Fetal Medicine at Queen Charlotte’s Hospital London and was awarded RCOG sub-specialist accreditation in 2007.

Keelin took up a post as Consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist and Senior Lecturer at Cork University Maternity Hospital (CUMH) and University College Cork (UCC) in 2007. She established and leads the pregnancy loss and fetal medicine clinical services at CUMH and is part of the perinatal medicine team. In 2008, she established the first Irish Masters Programme in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at UCC. She is a national trainer for the RCPI in Basic and Higher specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and a BST hub co-Ordinator for the training scheme.

Keelin is a member of the Speciality Training Committee of the RCPI, the National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre Perinatal Mortality Group, and the Clinical Advisory Group for the National Women and Infants’ Health Programme. She was elected to the Executive Council of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of the RCPI in 2018 and was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) in 2019.

Keelin joined the INFANT centre at UCC as an SFI-funded Principal Investigator in September 2016. In 2017, she took up the role of National Implementation Lead for the National Standards for Bereavement Care following Pregnancy Loss and Perinatal Death, working within the HSE’s National Women and Infants’ Health Programme. She leads the Obstetric Programme of work at INFANT since 2017 and is the Obstetric PI for the HRB Mother and Baby Clinical Trials Network in CUMH.

Keelin’s research interests include prenatal diagnosis, fetal anomaly, miscarriage, stillbirth, perinatal palliative care, complicated multiple pregnancy, and qualitative research in Clinical Obstetrics. She heads the multi-disciplinary pregnancy loss research group at CUMH/UCC/INFANT, combining supervising a large group of postgraduate students with collaborative clinical research in this area.  Keelin’s work has resulted in >130 peer-reviewed original papers and >300 published conference proceedings (current h-index; 33).

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