Professor Keelin O'Donoghue


Keelin O’Donoghue is an honours medical graduate of University College Dublin (1995) and a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists (2012). She received her PhD in Obstetrics and Gynaecology from the University of London in 2005, following studies on prenatal diagnosis and feto-maternal stem cell trafficking at Imperial College London in 2001-4.

She was awarded CSCST by the Irish Committee on Higher Training in December 2006 and has been on the Medical Council’s register of medical specialists since then. She completed RCOG sub-speciality training in Maternal and Fetal Medicine at Queen Charlotte’s Hospital London, and was awarded 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. At CUMH, she is the lead clinician for obstetric ultrasound, the antenatal outpatients and day services, the early pregnancy clinic, fetal medicine and prenatal screening. She established and runs the multiple pregnancy and pregnancy loss services at CUMH, and is part of the Perinatal Medicine team. She established and leads multidisciplinary team meetings at CUMH in fetal medicine, perinatal mortality and perinatal pathology, and clinical research. She developed an annual midwifery teaching programme in third trimester obstetric ultrasound, and facilitates the training of midwife sonographers undertaking the UCD Masters in Diagnostic Imaging and Graduate Diploma in Ultrasound.

Since 2009, Keelin has been Obstetric Lead on the Division of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Neonatology at CUMH and is a member of the Programme Implementation Board in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Keelin’s work has resulted in >45 peer-reviewed original papers and >90 published conference proceedings. She is a reviewer for a wide range of international journals including the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Fertility and Sterility, Prenatal Diagnosis, Biology of Reproduction, Placenta, International Journal of Cancer, European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Human Reproduction and Stem Cells. She is a member of the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, the Society of Maternal and Fetal Medicine, the International Fetal Medicine and Surgery Society, the MacDonald Obstetric Medicine Society (UK) and the British Maternal and Fetal Medicine Society.

Keelin established the first Irish Masters programme in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, which commenced in September 2008 with six students, and now runs successfully with a full annual intake. She remains the Director of this successful programme along with a leading role in postgraduate education and clinical audit at CUMH, while maintaining a teaching role on the medical undergraduate programme.

She is a national trainer for the RCPI in Basic and Higher specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology Keelin’s research interests include non-invasive prenatal diagnosis, fetal microchimerism, early pregnancy failure, clinical obstetrics, pregnancy loss and multiple pregnancy.



Professor Keelin O’Donoghue

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Senior Lecturer and Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist





Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

An Roinn Obstatraice agus Gínéiceolaíochta

Cork University Maternity Hospital, 5th Floor, Wilton, Cork, Ireland