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

Doctor Rating

4.8 out of 5

164 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, University of Michigan/Ann Arb, 1992


  • 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

164 Ratings

Kenneth S. O'Rourke, M.D.

Professor, Rheumatology and Immunology

Research Interests

arthritis, pain

Contact Information

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

Recent Publications

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

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

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

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

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

O'Rourke ME, O'Rourke KS. Kneedless pain 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Orlowski RJ, O'Rourke KS, Olorenshaw I, Maas S, Laxminarayana D. Altered editing in UCTH and PDE8 gene transcripts of lupus T cells [abstract]. 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.164 Ratings

Doctor Ratings

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Dr O'Rourke explained everything to me in detail as to my options for medication for RA


I ask a lot of questions, especially about the effects and interactions of medications, and about the interactions and treatments of my various diagnoses. Dr. O'Rourke is not only patient, he welcomes my questions, and to the degree that it is medically responsible, honors my preferences for fewer medications and more holistic treatments [diet and exercise vs. surgery and medicine.]


*Dr. O'Rourke & staff are OK. I am very pleased with them. I've been seeing him for over 25 yrs.


Very good experience.


Very detail.


one of the best doctors I have ever been seen by


Dr.'s personality is very blah! Not sure he is passionate about is career in medicine. Rarely smiles.


I would recommend him.


I am fortunate to have Dr. O'Rourke as my rheumatologist. He is first class and I feel he provides me with the best care.


He takes his time w/me; is very easy to talk to & explains all of my osteoarth, fibro, sjogren's & rheum.


Always pleasant and I never feel the appt time is rushed..I feel I get time I need for the appt and to talk with Dr O'Rouke..


Highly recommend him.


Dr. O'Rourke is one of the finest physicians I have been to. Over 8 years ago, he ordered a blood test that revealed the potential for a serious medical condition. As a result of his pro-active approach, I was followed by Hematology / Oncology. When the condition changed from potentially serious to cancer, I was already being followed and was able to receive treatment promptly. I credit Dr. O'Rourke, second only to God, with saving my life.


Dr. O'Rourke is a very good physician!


Dr. O'Rourke is at the top of my "favorites" list when it comes to WFB Physicians. He is always informative and helpful--taking time to explain things others usually do not. I always highly recommend him to anyone needing a rheumatologist.


Over the years, I have seen many rheumatologists. Dr O'Rourke is by far the best!! He is always kind courteous,very knowledgeable about my condition and takes all the time I need. He answers all my questions in a way that I can understand what he is saying. He is never in a hurry which means a lot to me.


Great care was provided.


Dr. O'Rourke is an excellent provider and always determining how he can better help me


I have an extreme amount of trust in Dr. O'Rourke. His staff is always pleasant and professional.


Excellent doctor.

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