Dr Keith GeraghtyMPH, PhD

Honorary Research Fellow

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Dr. Geraghty has a special interest in medically unexplained symptoms - patient safety issues - doctor patient relations - and the illness Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME. The key themes in Keith's work are improving patient care, promotion of physician well-being, reducing harms, assessment of clinical trials, evidence-based medicine, and improving doctor-patient relations. Keith has begun to gain national recognition for his work on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. He is the recipient of a number of grants from the charity sector and has recently published papers reviewing clinical trials in the treatment of ME/CFS, the efficacy of treatments, particularly CBT and exercise therapies, the doctor-patient relationship and harms. 

Dr. Geraghty is currently associate editor of: BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine, Journal of Health Psychology, Journal of Fatigue Biomedicine Health and Behaviour, He is an expert peer reviewer for a number of scientific journals and health care organisations, including the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR UK) and Cochrane.


Keith completed his PhD at Cardiff University, where he was awarded both a Cardiff University doctoral scholarship and also a prestigious Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC) scholarship, to research the organisation of primary health care: a thesis titled 'From Market and Hierarchy to Network in the NHS'. At Cardiff he won a number of junior awards, including the Richard E. Benedict prize and the FirstPlus prize. He went on to study medicine at the University of Leicester, graduate-entry course, however due to illness he was unable to complete his clinical training. After time off, Keith returned to research. Keith received his Masters in Public Health from the University of Manchester, receiving a distinction for his dissertation on 'ME/CFS patients reports of harms in the medical encounter'. Keith previously worked as a research assistant at Imperial College London on an NHS Strategic Development Organisation (SDO) project exploring changing clinical roles in the NHS. He joined the Centre for Primary Care at the University of Manchester with appointments as research associate and honorary research fellow. More recently, he has also worked in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene and Topical Medicine Dept of Clinical Research - UK ME/CFS Biobank team.


  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Management of Primary Care Services;
  • M.P.H. - Master of Public Health (Distinction in Dissertation);
  • M.Dip - Masters Diploma in Research Methods;
  • B.Sc. (Hons) - Bachelor of Life/Natural Sciences (1st Class/Distinction);
  • B.Sc. (Hons)  - Bachelor of Business Administration;
  • Medicine and Surgery discontinued due to ill health.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Member of the Greater Manchester Collaboration for Leadership in Health and Social Care

Member of the East Midlands Collaboration for Leadership in Health and Social Care

Member of the UK ME-CFS Research Collaborative

Member of the International Assocaition for CFS/ME Research.

Member of the Society for Academic Primary Care.

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