About me

Dr Kavanagh is a rheumatologist based in the Galway Clinic and medical director of the Bone Mineral Density Service (DXA unit) in the Bon Secours Hospital Galway.

Dr. Ronan Kavanagh MD MRCP

Originally from Galway, Ronan qualified from NUI Galway in 1989, and completed his specialist training in rheumatology in 1998 in Cambridge and Norwich. He completed his MD Thesis in NUI Galway and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.

He is interested in the meaningful use of technology and innovation in medicine, and is an honorary Senior Lecturer in medicine at NUI Galway. He is also a former president of the Irish Society for Rheumatology.

Passionate about the arts, he is also founder and director of dotMD - A Festival of Medical Curiosity for doctors looking for more from medicine.

Dr Ronan Kavanagh

Disease Management

Ronan has an interest in the management of inflammatory arthritis, osteoporosis, and in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal problems in musicians.

Medical interest

Ronan is a former president of the Irish Society for Rheumatology, and acts as an advisor for health technology companies.

Education & Culture

Ronan is an honorary Senior Lecturer in Medicine at NUI Galway, and runs innovative educational events for doctors (including the dotMD Festival of Medical Curiosity) and is a former Chairman of Macnas Theatre Company.

Common questions

Rheumatology and how it works

A rheumatologist is physician who is qualified by additional training and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and other diseases of the joints, muscles and bones. Many rheumatologists conduct research to determine the cause and better treatments for these disabling and sometimes fatal diseases.


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