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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 has been Consultant Obstetrician/Senior Lecturer at Cork University Maternity Hospital(CUMH) and University College Cork(UCC) since 2007. She was awarded promotion to Professor in UCC in 2020. 

Keelin is a member of the Specialty Training Committee and the Executive Council of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and was appointed as a national specialty-training director for the RCPI’s higher specialist training scheme in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 2020.   

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 is Clinical Lead for Guideline Development in Obstetrics and Gynaecology within NWIHP from March 2021. 

At UCC, Keelin is lead for Obstetric Research in the INFANT research 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. 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;47).

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