Dr Rowan Keighran

BSc (Med)  MBBS (Hons)  MPsychiatry  FRANZCP

Dr Keighran grew up on the Northern shores of Sydney and completed his medical degree with Honours at the University of New South Wales. His formative years as a doctor were at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs where he first became interested in Psychiatry. After a sabbatical year studying at language schools in Europe, Dr Keighran returned to Sydney to begin training in Psychiatry, undertaking rotations at the Black Dog Institute with Prof. Philip Mitchell and at the Neuropsychiatric Institute with Prof. Perminder Sachdev. He additionally trained in Psychiatry of Old Age and was involved in complex diagnostic memory assessments under the guidance of Prof. Henry Brodaty. These experiences fostered a special interest in complex disorders that are increasingly recognised as spanning both Psychiatry and Neurology disciplines, such as epilepsy and dementia.


Dr Keighran completed his advanced training in Neuropsychiatry across a number of specialty clinics and hospitals. During this time, he continued to work extensively at the Neuropsychiatric Institute and was awarded a 12-month Fellowship in Intellectual Disability Mental Health by the New South Wales Institute of Psychiatry. He trained under Prof. Julian Trollor at the Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry and consulted to the Comprehensive Epilepsy Service at the Prince of Wales Hospital. Dr Keighran undertook an additional year of advanced training at the Hunter New England Neuropsychiatry Service with Behavioural Neurologist Prof. Peter Schofield and Neuropsychiatrist Dr Umesh Babu where he ran his own clinic, consulted to local teaching hospitals, and helped manage a busy inpatient diagnostic unit.


Medical teaching is one of Dr Keighran’s passions and he has been heavily involved in the tuition of medical students, junior doctors, and psychiatric trainees in both Sydney and Hunter regions. He is a Conjoint Associate Lecturer at the University of New South Wales and was awarded his Master of Psychiatry with Director’s List of Academic Excellence in 2015.


As a Consultant Neuropsychiatrist, Dr Keighran has worked in both public and private spheres, including as a Staff Specialist at the Neuropsychiatric Institute, Prince of Wales Hospital. He runs a complex mood disorders clinic at the Black Dog Institute and is thrilled to join the Tilley Lane practice in February 2017.


Dr Keighran can see patients from age 16 upwards. His clinical interests include:


  • Intellectual disability mental health

  • Dementia and cognitive disorders

  • ADHD

  • Seizure disorders

  • Traumatic brain injury

  • Complex general psychiatric consultation (such as anxiety, mood disorders, and schizophrenia)