Professor of Paediatrics, Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick and Consultant Paediatrician, Health Services Executive
MB BCh BAO MSc MD FRCPI FPAEDS
Foundation Chair and Foundation Professor of Paediatrics at the Graduate Entry Medical School, University of Limerick and a Consultant General Paediatrician with a special interest in paediatric diabetes and endocrinology at the University Hospital, Limerick.
Professor O’Gorman graduated with MB BCh BAO (Honours) from National University of Ireland, Galway in 1999. She went on to complete basic and higher specialist training in Paediatrics in Ireland, completing this in 2007. During this time, she also read for and was awarded MSc (Honours) in Evidence-Based Health Care from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. Following higher specialist training in Paediatrics in Ireland, she moved to SickKids Hospital in Toronto, Canada and there completed a fellowship in Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes. While in SickKids, she also conducted a research project on vascular and metabolic risk in girls with Turner Syndrome, for which she was awarded MD from the National University of Ireland, Galway. For this research, she was also awarded a Restracomp fellowship from SickKids as well as the 2008 University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine, Research Awards (Joseph M West Family Memorial & Chisholm Memorial Prizes).
Professor O’Gorman returned to Ireland in 2009, to take up her current role as Foundation Chair of Paediatrics at University of Limerick Graduate Entry Medical School. Since this time, she has introduced several initiatives to her clinical service in Limerick including establishing a multidisciplinary team-delivered insulin pump program for children with type 1 diabetes mellitus, and the region’s first paediatric obesity clinic. She has also worked with research collaborators to secure funding from various groups in Ireland, including the National Children’s Research Centre and the Health Research Board.
Professor O’Gorman’s research interests include investigating metabolic and acquired cardiac risk in groups of children including girls with Turner Syndrome and children whose parents have early heart disease. She has also done and continues to do work on analyzing the food and exercise cues in children’s television programming. Professor O’Gorman is widely published in areas of children’s health, in particular obesity, metabolic and vascular risk and diabetes and endocrinology.
At a national level in Ireland, Professor O’Gorman is a Fellow of the Faculty of Paediatrics and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, where she sits as an elected representative on the Board of the Faculty of Paediatrics. She was an invited member of the Dolphin Review Group, a group convened by the then Minister for Health in 2012, tasked with evaluating implications of building a single national paediatric hospital for Ireland. She is a member of the Paediatric Diabetes Clinical Lead Program in the HSE.
Professor O’Gorman’ s research interests include the following: Childhood obesity, childhood diabetes (neonatal diabetes, type 1 diabetes mellitus, type 2 diabetes mellitus), cardiovascular health and disease, metabolic disease and children at risk of metabolic and vascular disease, growth & puberty & other paediatric endocrinology, autoimmune disease, epidemiology, public health and policy, medical education.