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

Doctor Rating

4.8 out of 5

201 Ratings

Kenneth S. O'Rourke, M.D.


Clinical Interests

General Rheumatology, Myopathies, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis

Contact Information

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

201 Ratings

Kenneth S. O'Rourke, M.D.

Professor, Rheumatology and Immunology

Contact Information

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

Recent Publications

Myopathies, polymyalgia rheumatica, and giant cell arteritis. O'Rourke KS. In: Halter JB, Ouslander JG, Studenski S, High KP, Asthana S, Supiano MA, Ritchie C, Hazzard WR, Woolard NF, eds. Hazzard's geriatric medicine and gerontology. 7th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Education Medical;2017: .

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;68(11):1591-1597.

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.

What is a rheumatologist and how do we make one?. Brown CR Jr, Criscione-Schreiber L, O'Rourke KS, Fuchs HA, Putterman C, Tan IJ, Valeriano-Marcet J, Hsieh E, Zirkle S, Bolster MB.. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2016;68(8):1166-1172.

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.201 Ratings


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Dr. O'Rourke is the best Dr on my Team, he's very compassionate and attentive. I will most definitely miss him and wish him well. I was honored as a patient to be treated by someone so intelligent and humble.


*Dr. O'Rourke and staff are friendly and courteous. As long as I take my medicine, I am not in pain and not handicapped in any way.


Dr. O'Rourke is very knowledgeable, communicative and professional. I respect and appreciate him as my physician for RA.




I am always telling people about my Rhumatologist and Staff because to me they are the best and can't be no better!!! :)


*Dr. O'Rorke spent a lot of the time explaining my diagnosis, very kind and considerate of my concerns - A+ dr. (would recommend to all).


The ladies at check-in are kind courteous and efficient. The entire staff is an exceptional team of professionals.


Dr. O'Rourke has been my Doctor since 1995. He has gone above and beyond what any other doctor has done. He has been the one to help me with other health concerns including but above Rheumatoid Arthritis. I would recommend him to anyone. He is one of the best Doctors I have ever had.


Dr. O'Rourke is amazing provider and truly cares for his patient's concerns.


*Dr. O'Rourke is an outstanding authority in his field and a top notch specialist in every way. The fact that I drive all the way from Asheville to see him should say it all. He's great.


Dr. Orouke is so pleasant and understanding of my condition. Even though it is a lot of computer work that needs to be done, he still has the time to show concern and ask about my well being outside of my medical condition.


Awesome provider especially while dealing with electronic medical record


I am thankful having Dr. O'Rourke as my Rheumatologist.


*Dr. O'Rourke is an excellent, deeply knowledgeable doctor I would recommend him (and have) to anyone w/RA.


This is one of my main Dr's. and can't say enough good things about him or staff.


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.

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