Dr Shay Keating Education & Employment


Secondary Education

  • Honours graduate Leaving Certificate, June 1976
  • Ardscoil Ris, Griffith Avenue, Dublin 5

Third Level

  • B.A, moderatorship in Biochemistry – Trinity College – 1980
  • PhD in Biochemistry – Trinity College – 1984
  • MB, BCh, BAO – Trinity College – 1990
  • British Diploma in Occupational Medicine – 2003
  • British Diploma in Genitourinary Medicine – 2005
  • Member of the Royal College of Physicians (UK) – 2010


Current Employment
I am currently employed in The Genitourinary, Infectious diseases Executive (GUIDE) clinic in St. James’s hospital as an Associate Specialist in Genitourinary Medicine. I see, evaluate and treat all who present for Sexual Health review and HIV care. The unit has a very proactive research and education ethos in which I am involved.

I have been employed as Medical Officer to the 450 clients attending National Drug Treatment Centre (NDTC) since 1996. This addiction service is the largest of its kind in the country. In 2003 I initiated a pilot study for the on-site treatment of hepatitis C at the NDTC. The medical care was delivered on site, in association with Dr. Colm Bergin, Consultant in Infectious Diseases, St. James’s. Patients received regular psychiatric review and were monitored for psychiatric complications of therapy and potential relapse into active addiction. This innovative pilot study was very successful and was presented at the First International Hepatitis C meeting in Dublin castle in June 2006. I currently treat all suitable hepatitis C positive drug users at the NDTB.

Other initiatives I piloted at the DTCB include the establishment of a near patient INR testing clinic for those on warfarin.

I insert the Implanon regularly and have been trained in Mirena coil insertion. At the Drug Treatment Centre Board, I have a large research and teaching commitment.

In March 2003, I completed the British diploma in Occupational Medicine and established an Occupational Health department for the 120 staff members of the Drug Treatment Centre Board.

Finally, I established a private general practice in 1995. My patient cohort is predominantly, though not exclusively adult male and my particular interest is Mens’ Health. I run clinics four evenings a week and provide primary care to many HIV positive patients. I also offer primary care to many not infected with HIV. I also deliver full specialist STI testing including on-site microscopy and rapid HIV testing: 10 minute turn around. I have been a member of the ‘LUKEDOC’ GP cooperative in St. Luke’s hospital out-patient suite, Highfield road, Rathgar, Dublin 6 since its inception in 2004.

Current Employment – A Summary

January 2010 – present
Associate Specialist in Genitourinary Medicine, GUIDE clinic, St. James’s hospital, Dublin 8.

March 2003 – present
Occupational Health Physician to the National Drug Treatment Centre, Pearse Street,
Dublin 2

July 1996 – present
Medical Officer in the National Drug Treatment Centre, Pearse Street,
Dublin 2

June 1995 – present
Medical Practitioner with special interest in Men’s Health, Sexually Transmitted Infections and Addiction

James (Shay) Keating, BA Mod, MB, PhD, MRCP,Dip GUM, Dip Occ Med

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