Kenneth S. O'Rourke, M.D.Wake Forest Baptist Health

Doctor Rating

4.8 out of 5

192 Ratings

Kenneth S. O'Rourke, M.D.


Clinical Interests

General Rheumatology, Myopathies, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis

Contact Information

New Patient Appointments: 336-716-WAKE
Returning Patient Appointments: 336-716-4209
Department: 336-716-4209

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Education & Training

  • B.S., University of California-Berkeley, 1979
  • M.D., George Washington University School of Medicine, 1983
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, David Grant Med Ctr-Travis Afb, 1987
  • Fellowship, Univ of Michigan Ann Arbor, 1992

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Rheumatology


  • Am Coll Of Physicians
  • Am Coll Of Rheumatology
  • Aids Task Force

NPI Number

  • 1972588309
Kenneth S. O'Rourke, M.D.

Doctor Rating

4.8 out of 5

192 Ratings

Kenneth S. O'Rourke, M.D.

Professor, Rheumatology and Immunology

Contact Information

Academic: 336-716-4209 | Department: 336-716-4209

Recent Publications

The Rheumatology Research Foundation Clinician Scholar Educator Award: fifteen years promoting rheumatology educators and education. Berman JR, O'Rourke KS, Kolasinski SL, Aizer J, Wheatley M, Battistone MJ, Siaton BC, Criscione-Schreiber L, Pillinger MH, Lazaro DM.. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2016;():.

Fellow as teacher curriculum: improving rheumatology fellows' teaching skills during inpatient consultation. Miloslavsky EM, Criscione-Schreiber LG, Jonas BL, O'Rourke KS, McSparron JI, Bolster MB.. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2016;68(6):877-881.

Expert panel consensus on assessment checklists for a rheumatology objective structured clinical examination. Criscione-Schreiber LG, Sloane RJ, Hawley J, Jonas BL, O'Rourke KS, Bolster MB.. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2015;67(7):898-904.

The fellow as clinical teacher curriculum: improving rheumatology fellows' teaching skills during inpatient consultation [abstract]. Miloslavsky E, Criscione-Schrieber L, Jonas B, O'Rourke KS, McSparron J, Bolster MB.. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2015;67(Suppl 10):1013.

Quality improvement in elderly patients with rheumatoid arthritis: pharmacotherapy and identification of cognitive dysfunction [abstract]. Smith B, O'Rourke KS.. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2015;67(Suppl 10):1516.

Trends in the outpatient medication management of lupus erythematosus in the United States. Sugai DY, Gustafson CJ, De Luca JF, Davis SA, Jorizzo JL, O'Rourke KS, Feldman SR.. J Drugs Dermatol. 2014;13(5):545-552.

Assessing rheumatology fellows' teaching skills using the objective structured teaching exercise (OSTE) [abstract]. Miloslavsky EM, Bolster MB, O'Rourke KS, Criscione-Schreiber LG.. Arthritis Rheum. 2014;66(Suppl 10):S1261.

Competency-based goals, objectives, and linked evaluations for rheumatology training programs: a standardized template of learning activities from the Carolinas Fellows Collaborative. Criscione-Schreiber LG, Bolster MB, Jonas BL, O'Rourke KS.. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2013;65(6):846-853.

Expert panel consensus on content of a rheumatology objective structured clinical examination [abstract]. Criscione-Schreiber LG, Bolster MB, Jonas BL, Sloane R, Hawley J, O'Rourke KS.. Arthritis Rheum. 2013;65(Suppl 10):S1204-1205.

Development of a tool to assess internal medicine residents' confidence in their musculoskeletal examination skills [abstract]. Criscione-Schreiber LG, Schreiber E, Arcasoy M, O'Rourke KS.. Arthritis Rheum. 2013;65(Suppl 10):S417.

Incorporating the Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit Quick Start in academic rheumatology practices: Carolina Fellows Collaborative [abstract]. Dore A, Dye J, Hourani L, Hackney B, Criscione-Schreiber LG, Hant FN, O'Rourke KS, Jonas BL, Callahan LF.. Arthritis Rheum. 2013;65(Suppl 10):S414.

Kneedless pain. O'Rourke ME, O'Rourke KS. In: Kazer MW, Neal-Boylan L, eds. Case studies in gerontological nursing for the advanced practice nurse. Chichester, West Sussex (UK): Wiley-Blackwell;2012: 111-124.

T-cell specific defect in expression of the NTPDase CD39 as a biomarker for lupus. Loza MJ, Anderson AS, O'Rourke KS, Wood J, Khan IU.. Cell Immunol. 2011;271(1):110-117.

Rheumatology Decision 2011: factors influencing career decisions among rheumatology fellows [abstract]. Sheikh S, Smith M, Ning T, Shiner E, Christianson D, Criscione-Schreiber LG, Bolster MB, O'Rourke KS, MacDonald D, Callahan LF, Jonas BL.. Arthritis Rheum. 2011;63(10 Suppl):S622.

Pilot study of the effect of ultraviolet light on pain and mood in fibromyalgia syndrome. Taylor SL, Kaur M, LoSicco K, Willard J, Camacho F, O'Rourke KS, Feldman SR.. J Altern Complement Med. 2009;15(1):15-23.

Rheumatologists' recommendations on what to do in the dermatology office to evaluate and manage psoriasis patients' joint symptoms. Taylor SL, Petrie M, O'Rourke KS, Feldman SR.. J Dermatolog Treat. 2009;20(6):350-353.

Modulation of 150-kDa ADAR1 mediated transcript editing by inositol hexakisphosphate (IP6) in SLE T lymphocytes [abstract]. Laxminamyana [sic] D [Laxminarayana D], O'Rourke KS, Olorenshaw I.. Arthritis Rheum. 2008;58(9 Suppl):S817.

Relationship of physical function to vastus lateralis capillary density and metabolic enzyme activity in elderly men and women. Nicklas BJ, Leng I, Delbono O, Kitzman DW, Marsh AP, Hundley WG, Lyles MF, O'Rourke KS, Annex BH, Kraus WE.. Aging Clin Exp Res. 2008;20(4):302-309.

Altered editing in cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterase 8A1 gene transcripts of systemic lupus erythematosus T lymphocytes. Orlowski RJ, O'Rourke KS, Olorenshaw I, Hawkins GA, Maas S, Laxminarayana D.. Immunology. 2008;125(3):408-419.

Altered editing in RNA editing adenosine deaminase ADAR2 gene transcripts of systemic lupus erythematosus T lymphocytes. Laxminarayana D, O'Rourke KS, Maas S, Olorenshaw I.. Immunology. 2007;121(3):359-369.

Induction of 150-kDa adenosine deaminase that acts on RNA (ADAR)-1 gene expression in normal T lymphocytes by anti-CD3-epsilon and anti-CD28. Laxminarayana D, Khan IU, O'Rourke KS, Giri B.. Immunology. 2007;122(4):623-633.

Muscle biopsy in older adults: a safe and acceptable research procedure [abstract]. Lyles M, Demons J, Marsh A, O'Rourke K, Murphy K.. Obesity. 2007;15(Program Abstr Suppl):A187.

Altered editing in UCTH and PDE8 gene transcripts of lupus T cells [abstract]. Orlowski RJ, O'Rourke KS, Olorenshaw I, Maas S, Laxminarayana D.. Arthritis Rheum. 2006;54(9 Suppl):S455.

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Professor, Rheumatology and Immunology

Clinical Interests

General Rheumatology, Myopathies, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis
Kenneth S. O'Rourke, M.D.

Kenneth S. O'Rourke, M.D.

Professor, Rheumatology and Immunology

Doctor Rating

4.8 out of 5

Kenneth S. O'Rourke, M.D.192 Ratings


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Could not ask for a better doctor.


excellent doctor!!


Referral apt. Greatly pleased with *Dr. O'Rouke and staff.


Dr O'Rourke is the best!!




very good


*Dr. O'Rourke was very personable & through - would definitely refer him to friends & family.


Dr. O'Rourke is a wonderful compassionate provider. He truly cares for his patient's . Love him. The nest Rheumatologist around.


I have seen every rheumatologist in out town. Dr O'rourke is the very best


Best medical experience that I can remember having in many years. Have 100% confidence in & respect for *Dr. O'Rourke. First doctor to use his intelligence & experience instead of randomly ordering a bunch of tests.


Very attentive Dr like my own Dad and Brothers who are Drs.


I have full confidence in Dr. O'Rourke and he has earned my trust on numerous occasions


Dr. O'Rourke is one of the finest doctors and I feel very fortunate to have him as a doctor. If only the rest of the doctors and their staff were as pleasant to work with as Dr. O'Rourke and his staff are.


Lack of concern about my pain management , very disappointing .


glad to have Dr. O'Rourke taking care of me with this diagnosis of R/A


*Dr. O'Rourke is one of the finest, he always takes the extra step to work with you.


Dr. O'Rourke is an excellent provider. He makes you feel at ease, is very approachable if you have any questions, and is extremely knowledgeable. I feel privileged that he is overseeing my care.


Always pleased.


*Dr. O'Rourke was very thorough & I would highly recommend him to others.


He always discusses all of my meds and problems with me.


Ken O'Rourke is fairly smart fellow


very careing


I always feel O'Rourk's medical opinion has always been in my best interest he has a lot of knowledge and make the patient feel hopeful. The whole facility works good together. Thank you.


have recommended him to others


Dr. O'Rourke is the absolute best Rheumatologist there is at WFBH.

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