Dr Conor Delaney

Leading Colorectal Surgeon at Cleveland Clinic

UCD alumnus Prof. Conor Delaney (UCD Medicine 1989) is the Chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute since 2015. In this capacity, Dr. Delaney oversees about 800 employees, including 185 staff physicians, who comprise Cleveland Clinic’s Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute, including 10 hospitals in Ohio, one in Florida and one in Abu Dhabi. Ranked second in the nation for digestive disorders by U.S. News & World Report since 2003, the Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute is one of the most prestigious 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 and pediatric surgery, trauma surgery, breast surgery and nutrition to optimize clinical standards and patient experience. Dr Delaney was also appointed holder of the Victor W. Fazio MD Chair in Colorectal Surgery, and is a Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University.

A colorectal surgeon and professor of surgery with more than 25 years of experience, Dr Delaney 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 and Case Western Reserve University. He subsequently served 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.

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 eight 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 the UCD School of Medicine 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.