November 2015 | Samhain 2015

UCD Alumnus Appointed to Cleveland Clinical Leadership Role

Sat, 31 October 15 17:09

UCD Alumnus Dr Conor Delaney (UCD Medicine 1989) has been appointed Chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Digestive Disease Institute.  In this capacity, Dr. Delaney will oversee about 800 employees, including 185 staff physicians, who comprise Cleveland Clinic’s Digestive Disease Institute. Ranked second in the nation for digestive disorders by U.S. News & World Report since 2003, the Digestive Disease Institute is one of the largest in the United States of America. It is also the first of its kind to integrate specialists in gastroenterology and hepatology, colorectal surgery, hepato-pancreato-biliary and transplant surgery, general surgery and nutrition to optimize the patient experience. 

Conor Delaney MD PhD (UCD Med 1989)

Dr. Delaney, a colorectal surgeon and professor of surgery with more than 25 years of experience in health care, first joined Cleveland Clinic in 1999 as a fellow. He was a member of the departments of Colorectal Surgery and Minimally Invasive Surgery until 2005, when he was recruited to serve as chief of the Division of Colorectal Surgery and vice-chairman of the Department of Surgery at University Hospitals Case Medical Center.

Most recently, Dr. Delaney was serving as interim chair of the Department of Surgery at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and interim surgeon-in-chief of the University Hospitals Health System, while maintaining his role as surgical director of the hospital’s Digestive Health Institute. He also has held the Jeffrey L. Ponsky M.D. Chair of Surgical Education at Case Western Reserve University since 2009, and was named the inaugural Murdough Master Clinician in Colorectal Surgery in 2011.

“I am thrilled to start a new chapter at Cleveland Clinic. The health care delivery system is changing rapidly, and I am committed to keeping patients at the center of what we do. My mission is to look after patients and find innovative ways to constantly improve what we do, so as to provide the best care possible,” said Dr. Delaney.

Dr. Delaney holds patents for several innovative devices and techniques and his research has been funded by more than two dozen grants. He has published more than 300 papers nationally and internationally, and has authored or co-authored seven books. He has been training and mentoring surgical and research fellows throughout his career, operated in many countries, and has been an invited lecturer at numerous national and international meetings.

Dr. Delaney earned his medical degree from University College Dublin School of Medicinem graduating in 1989. In 1992, he became a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and earned his master’s degree in surgery in 1994. He continued graduate training earning his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and University College Dublin School of Medicine.

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S.News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. More than 3,000 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. The Cleveland Clinic health system includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, eight community hospitals, more than 75 Northern Ohio outpatient locations, including 16 full-service Family Health Centers, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2013, there were 5.5 million outpatient visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 157,000 hospital admissions.

Source: Caroline Auger, Cleveland Clinic Corporate Communications