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 and University College Cork in 2007. She established and leads the pregnancy loss services at CUMH.
Keelin’s work has resulted in >110 peer-reviewed original papers and >280 published conference proceedings (current h-index; 30). In 2008, she established and still directs 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. Keelin is a member of the Speciality Training Committee of the RCPI, the National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre Perinatal Mortality Group, and the new Clinical Advisory Group for the National Women and Infants’ Health Programme.
Keelin joined the INFANT centre at UCC as an SFI-funded Principal Investigator in June 2016. In March 2017, she took up the role of National Implementation Lead for the Bereavements Standards in Pregnancy loss and Perinatal Death, within the National Women and Infants’ Health Programme.