Dr Rachel Crowley MD MRCPI

Senior Clinical Lecturer

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


Contact details

Centre for Endocrinology Diabetes and Metabolism
School of Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Institute of Biomedical Research
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


Rachel is a Senior Clinical Lecturer in Endocrinology and a consultant in Endocrinology at UHB. She completed undergraduate and specialist training in Ireland before moving to Birmingham. She joined the Centre for Endocrinology Diabetes and Metabolism as a Research Fellow in 2012 and was appointed as Senior Lecturer in July 2013.

Rachel’s research interests are metabolic bone disease, effects of glucocorticoid treatment and replacement, water and electrolyte homeostasis and pituitary disease. These interests are integrated in a clinical trial of inhibition of local tissue steroid metabolism in women with post-menopausal osteoporosis, supported by the MRC.


  • MD 2011
  • MRCPI 2005
  • MB BCH BAO 2002

Member of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and Affiliate Member of the Royal College of Physicians (London)


Rachel Crowley graduated with honours from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (NUI) in 2002 and was awarded the Osler medal for clinical skills upon graduation. She completed medical training and qualified as MRCPI in 2005, and undertook specialty training in Endocrinology from 2005-2012.

This included a clinical research fellow post in Beaumont Hospital Dublin which led to the award of an MD from RCSI for a thesis entitled ‘Hypothalamic Disease in Craniopharyngioma’. The study comprised morbidity and mortality analysis, thirst and appetite profiling, sleep studies and carbohydrate metabolism in patients with craniopharyngioma. The craniopharyngioma studies were recognised with awards at the UK trainees meeting 2006 and British Endocrine Society 2008. During the research attachment Rachel designed and led a long-term study of acute hypopituitarism after traumatic brain injury, which was completed in 2011.

During the clinical rotations of specialty training Rachel developed an interest in metabolic bone disease and qualified as a Certified Clinical Densitometrist from the International Society of Clinical Densitometry. She also became involved in hospital-wide audit and risk assessment, and in Tallaght Hospital in 2011-12 was a representative to the Medical Board, and the Medical Directorate as a non-consultant hospital doctor.

Rachel has been a clinical tutor or associate tutor for the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and University College Dublin, and has also taught undergraduates and postgraduates from Trinity College Dublin and University College Cork. She has been a guest lecturer to postgraduate nursing qualification courses in RCSI and UCC. Rachel was awarded the Beaumont Hospital medal for post-graduate teaching in 2006.

Rachel is a member of the Bone special interest group of the Society for Endocrinology, is a member of a number of international learned societies and is a reviewer for a number of endocrinology journals.


  • MBChB 1st and 2nd year lecturing and small group tutorials, clinical teaching, supervision of year 4 audit
  • MPharm small group tutorials
  • MSc Diabetes & Obesity lead on research project component


  • Metabolic bone disease
  • Glucocorticoid deficiency and treatment
  • Water and electrolyte balance
  • Pituitary disease

Other activities

  • Consultant Endocrinologist University Hospital Birmingham
  • Member of the Birmingham Clinical Research Facility Scientific Advisory Committee
  • Member of the Bone Special Interest Group of the Society for Endocrinology


  • Crowley RK and Gittoes NJ (2013) When would I use medical therapies for the treatment of primary hyperparathyroidism? Clinical Endocrinology [Epub ahead of print] PMID 24111629
  • Hannon MJ, Crowley R, Behan LA, O’Sullivan EP, O’Brien MMC, Sherlock M, Rawluk D, O’Dwyer R, Tormey W and Thompson CJ (2013) Acute Glucocorticoid Deficiency and Diabetes Insipidus are common following acute traumatic brain injury and predict mortality. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 98(8):3229-37
  • Crowley RK and Gittoes N (2013) Management of Hypercalcaemia. Clinical Medicine 13(3):287-90
  • Brady JJ*, Crowley RK*, Murray BF, Kilbane MT, O’Keane M and McKenna MJ *joint first authorship (2013) Limited utility of tartrate resistant acid phosphatase isoform 5b in assessing response to therapy in osteoporosis. Irish Journal of Medical Science [Epub ahead of print] PMID 23737138
  • Behan LA, O’Sullivan EP, Glynn N, Woods C, Crowley RK, Tun TK, Smith D, Thompson CJ and Agha A (2013) Serum Prolactin Concentration at Presentation of Non-Functioning Pituitary Macroadenomas. J Endocrinol Invest 36(7):508-14
  • O’Sullivan EP, Ashley DT, Davenport C, Penugonda L, Kelleher G, Devlin N, Crowley R, O’Shea P, Agha A, Thompson CJ, O’Gorman DJ and Smith D (2013) A comparison of osteoprotegerin with adiponectin and high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs CRP) as a marker for insulin resistance. Metabolism 62(1):34-8
  • RK Crowley, Y al-Derazi, K Lynch, D Rawluk, CJ Thompson, M Farrell and A Agha (2012) Case Report: Acromegaly associated with gangliocytoma. Ir J Med Sci 181(3):353-355
  • RK Crowley, C Woods, M Fleming, B Rogers, LA Behan, EP O’Sullivan, T Kane, A Agha, D Smith, RW Costello and CJ Thompson (2011) Somnolence in Adult Craniopharyngioma Patients is a common, heterogeneous condition that is potentially treatable. Clin Endocrinol (Oxf) 74(6):750

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