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Professor Keelin O'Donoghue


Professor Keelin O’Donoghue is a medical graduate of University College Dublin (1995) and PhD Scholar of Imperial College, University of London (2005). She is an RCOG-trained Subspecialist in Maternal and Fetal Medicine from Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital London.  She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists (2012) and was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in 2019.

 Keelin took up a post as Consultant Obstetrician/Senior Lecturer at Cork University Maternity Hospital (CUMH) and University College Cork (UCC) in 2007.  She was awarded promotion to Professor (Scale 2) in UCC in 2020.

 At University College Cork, Keelin is Clinical Lead for Obstetric Research in the INFANT centre.  She heads up the Pregnancy Loss Research Group, combining supervising a large group of postgraduate and Doctoral students with collaborative clinical research in this area.  She is chair of the Graduate Studies Committee in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.  Research interests include pregnancy loss and perinatal mortality, clinical audit, multiple pregnancy, prenatal screening and diagnosis, and fetal anomaly. Current funding includes awards from Science Foundation Ireland, the Irish Research Council and the Health Research Board.  Keelin’s work has resulted in >175 peer-reviewed original papers and >320 published conference proceedings (h-index; 46).

 Keelin is a member of the Speciality Training Committee and the Executive Council of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (IOG) and was appointed as a national specialty-training director for the RCPI’s higher specialist training scheme in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 2020.   She co-chairs the IOG’s fetal medicine working group.

 In 2017, Keelin took up the role of 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 (NWIHP). She continues an oversight role with the Bereavement Standards from 2021 and has taken up a new role of Guideline Lead for Obstetrics and Gynaecology within NWIHP from March 2021.




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