Professor McGonagle qualified at UCD in Ireland in 1990. He was awarded the gold medal in medicine for a first class honour in that subject. He undertook a PhD in Leeds and started as a consultant in 2000.
Professor McGonagle is a internationally known expert in inflammatory and degenerative diseases having published over 250 papers. These can be viewed at https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=Q_ZLa5IAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao
This work covers research into diverse conditions including the seronegative arthropathies, gout and pseudogout, lupus, vasculitis, polymyalgia rheumatica, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
His work on psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis is internationally known and he is developing a website for patients to better understand these diseases.View at www.enthesis.info. His seminal work and concepts has changed the way diseases of the immune system are viewed by doctors and scientists. The Immunological Disease Continuum concept can be seen here. http://journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/article?id=10.1371/journal.pmed.0030297