Researchers at UCD

Orla Killeen

Associate Professor

School of Medicine

Tel: 353 1 4096256


Appointed as the first Paediatric Rheumatologist in the State and established the National Centre of Paediatric Rheumatology in 2006 at OLCHC. This MDT service now sees over 2,500 children with various inflammatory and non-inflammatory MSK disorders in the outpatient setting annually and provides both an inpatient and day ward setting for infusion therapies and procedures such as corticosteroid joint injections. Continues to lead the award winning Transition/Teen clinic (Irish Healthcare awards 2014) in collaboration with adult Rheumatology colleagues at SVUH.


Honours and Awards

Year: 2015.
Title: OLCHC Audit Day Prof Tempany Award Best Oral Presentation


Association: Digital Dictation Project Board, Function/Role: Member
Association: Clinical Service Users NPH (National Paediatric Hospital), Function/Role: Clinical Lead
Association: Private Clinic, OLCHC, Function/Role: Board Member
Association: Irish Society of Rheumatology, Function/Role: Board Member
Association: National Programme for Paediatrics, Function/Role: Clinical Lead Rheumatology

Conference Contributions

Killeen, O (2015) Paediatric-Juvenile Arthritis. [Invited Lecture], Rheumatology Toolbox: WEBINAR, WEBINAR , 21-OCT-15 - 21-OCT-15.


Committee : Arthritis Research Coalition/RABRI Committee
Committee : Clinical Advisory Group, Rheumatology RCPI
Committee : EULAR Committee
Committee : Physicians' Group, OLCHC



Book Chapters

Killeen, O (2016) 'Musculoskeletal features of down syndrome' In: Hakim, A; Clunie, G; Haq, I (eds). Oxford Handbook Paediatric Rheumatology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]
Killeen, O (2016) 'Musculoskeletal manifestations of malignancy' In: Hakim, A; Clunie, G; Haq, I (eds). Oxford Handbook Paediatric Rheumatology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Chong A, Killeen O;Clarke T (2004) 'Work-related stress among paediatric non-consultant hospital doctors'. Irish Medical Journal, 97 (7):203-21. [Details]
Killeen OG, Burke C;Devaney D;Clarke TA (2004) 'The value of the perinatal and neonatal autopsy'. Irish Medical Journal, 97 (8):241-244. [Details]
Killeen OG, Kelehan P;Reardon W (2002) 'Double vagina with sex reversal, congenital diaphragmatic hernia, pulmonary and cardiac malformations--another case of Meacham syndrome'. Clinical Dysmorphology, 11 (1):25-28. [Details]

Published Reports

Killeen, O (2015) National Clinical Programme for Rheumatology CSPD Model of Care for Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Disorders. HSE, Dublin. [Details]


Research Interests

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

CTD in childhood

Adolescent rheumatology

Down Arthritis- Principal supervisor MD clinical and Radiological feature of DA

Future research: principal investigator multicentre study on CRMO

UCD Medicine Research Centre: Paediatric Diseases 


Recent Postgraduates

PhD Down Arthritis

Overseas Clinical Fellow (Bahrain)




Developing as a Teacher

Undergraduate/Postgraduate teaching SpR/BMT RCPI affiliated Trainer Clinical Examiner ¿ Paediatrics and membership examiner



External Collaborators

CRMO ¿ multicentre study pending

PRINTO/CARRA collaboration


RABRI - pending