Dr. Keelin O'Donoghue

Dr. Keelin O'Donoghue
Clinical Lead for Obstetric Research, Principal Investigator

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 and fetal medicine clinical services at CUMH and is part of the perinatal medicine team.

Keelin’s work has resulted in >120 peer-reviewed original papers and >300 published conference proceedings (current h-index; 32). In 2008, she established and still leads 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 is to be awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) in June 2019.

Keelin is a member of the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the International Society for Prenatal Diagnosis, an international fellow of the Society of Maternal and Fetal Medicine (USA), and a member of the British Maternal and Fetal Medicine Society. She is a reviewer for a wide range of international journals including the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Fertility and Sterility, Prenatal Diagnosis, Biology of Reproduction, Placenta, European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Women and Birth, Human Reproduction, PLoS Medicine and the BMJ. Keelin is a member of the editorial board of the journal, Prenatal Diagnosis.

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 Bereavements Standards in Pregnancy loss and Perinatal Death, working within the National Women and Infants’ Health Programme. 

This role follows her involvement in development of the Irish National Standards for Bereavement Care, and involves a two-year implementation programme of work. The Implementation process has been facilitated by a 14-member National Implementation Group, made up of a multi-disciplinary team of healthcare professionals who have expertise in the area of pregnancy loss and perinatal death, and a number of Work-Streams work alongside a Parents’ Forum.

Keelin’s research interests include prenatal diagnosis, fetal anomaly, fetal growth restriction, 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 (8 doctoral students and 8 masters students) with collaborative clinical research in this area.  

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