Ruth Delaney
Ms. Ruth Delaney is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon and shoulder specialist.  Ms. Delaney specializes in the full range of shoulder surgery, including open and arthroscopic procedures. Her subspecialist areas of interest include shoulder instability and shoulder replacement surgery. She also maintains an active academic role, teaching visiting fellows and medical students on elective rotations, as well as teaching shoulder courses internationally, and is a reviewer for the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery.  Ms. Delaney founded the Irish Shoulder Fellowship programme, which began taking international fellows in 2018.

After spending her initial postgraduate years in Cork, Ms. Delaney joined the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program, where she underwent a comprehensive training in all aspects of orthopaedic surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and the other Harvard-affiliated hospitals.

During her time in Boston, Ms. Delaney had the opportunity to complement her Masters degree in sports and exercise medicine with direct experience of professional sports teams such as the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox. She maintains her interest in care of athletes and sports injuries as a Fellow of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine in Ireland and as shoulder consultant to Munster Rugby.

Shortly before the end of her orthopaedic training, Ms. Delaney was a chief resident on the orthopaedic trauma service at the time of the tragic events of the 2013 Boston marathon bombings. In 2014, she ran the Boston marathon to honour the victims and her patients, as well as to raise money for the MGH emergency response fund.

Following general orthopaedic training, Ms. Delaney completed her specialist shoulder training at the Harvard Shoulder Fellowship in Boston as well as in France, under the guidance of Drs. JP Warner, Gilles Walch and Laurent Lafosse. This international training afforded her opportunities to work with world-class surgeons at the top of their field in areas such as shoulder replacement, instability surgery and complex arthroscopic surgery.

Ms. Delaney has performed a number of research studies, and in 2014 won the premier research award in shoulder surgery, the Neer Award, for work on shoulder instability surgery.

In 2015, Ms. Delaney was invited to become a reviewer for the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, the leading journal worldwide for specialist shoulder surgery.  In October 2016, she was admitted as a member of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, the foremost shoulder surgery organisation in the world.

Ms. Delaney became an Assistant Clinical Professor at University College Dublin in 2017.

In 2018, Ms. Delaney founded the Dublin Shoulder Institute.

Procedures that Ms. Delaney commonly performs include:

  • Arthroscopic (keyhole) surgery
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Shoulder stabilization/labral repair (Bankart procedure)
  • Coracoid transfer procedure (Latarjet procedure)
  • Shoulder replacement surgery
  • Reverse shoulder replacement surgery
Education & Experience
  • Medical Degree:
    MB BCh BAO (1st class hons), 2006, UCC.
  • Masters of Medical Science in Sports & Exercise Medicine:
    MMedSc (1st class hons), 2008, UCC.
  • Intercollegiate Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons:
    MRCS, 2009, RSCI.
  • Member of Faculty of Sports & Exercise Medicine:
    MFSEM, 2009, RCSI/RCPI.
  • Orthopaedic Surgery Training:
    Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program, 2008 – 2013.
    Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital Boston, USA.
  • Shoulder Fellowship:
    Boston Shoulder Institute 2013-2014 - Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA; Clinique Générale Annecy, France; Centre Orthopédique Santy, Lyon, France.
  • Clinical Instructor in Orthopaedics, Harvard Medical School, 2013-2014.
  • Associate Orthopaedic Surgeon, Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, 2013-2014.
  • Fellow of Faculty of Sports & Exercise Medicine:                                                                                                                                      FFSEM, 2009, RCSI/RCPI.
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery:                                                                                            FRCS (Tr & Orth), December 2015, RSCI
  • Assistant Clinical Professor, University College Dublin:                                                                                                                                  June 2017
  • Fellowship Director, Irish Shoulder Fellowship                                                                                                                                                  2018
  • Founder, Dublin Shoulder Institute                                                                                                                                                                      2018

  • Selected as member of the International Scientific Committee for the International Congress of Shoulder & Elbow Surgery (ICSES) 2019
  • Invited Guest Speaker, Asociación Argentina de Ortopedia y Traumatología - Rosario, Argentina, 2018
  • Invited Guest Speaker, Irish American Orthopaedic Society - Westport, 2018
  • Invited Guest Speaker, British Orthopaedic Association - Belfast, 2016
  • American Shoulder & Elbow Surgeons member - 2016
  • American Shoulder & Elbow Surgeons - Charles S. Neer Award 2014
  • Best of AAOS (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons) 2014
  • Best Research Paper, Harvard Orthopaedic Thesis day 2013
  • Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society Scholarship 2012
  • National University of Ireland Henry Hutchinson Stewart Prize 2006
  • Winner, Cork Orthopaedic Registrars’ Research Prize 2005
  • Best Poster Presentation, UCC Faculty of Medicine & Health Annual Research Day 2006
  • Postgraduate Scholarship, UCC, 2006-2007
  • Undergraduate Scholarship, UCC, 2002 – 2006
Affiliations/Professional Memberships
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons
  • Irish American Orthopaedic Society
  • Irish Shoulder and Elbow Society (founding committee member)
  • Massachusetts Medical Society
  • Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society
  • Société Européene pour la Chirurgie de l’Épaule et du Coude (European Society for Surgery of the Shoulder and Elbow)
Research & Publications
Ruth has published multiple peer-reviewed articles, reviews and book chapters, and has given presentations at a number of international conferences.

Selected publications include:
  • Neuromonitoring the Latarjet Procedure.
    RA Delaney, MT Freehill, DR Janfaza, KV Vlassakov, LD Higgins, JJP Warner.
    J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2014 Jun 18.
  • Durability of Partial Humeral Head Resurfacing.
    RA Delaney, MT Freehill, LD Higgins, JJP Warner.
    J Shoulder Elbow Surg 2013 Jul 5.
  • Immobilization in internal or external rotation does not change recurrence rates after traumatic anterior shoulder dislocation. A systematic review and meta-analysis.
    P Vavken, P Sadoghi, J Quidde, R Lucas, R Delaney, AM Müller, C Rosso, V Valderrabano.
    J Shoulder Elbow Surg 2013 Sep 30.
  • Effectiveness of Bracing in the Treatment of Nonosseous Restriction of Elbow Mobility: a systematic review and meta-analysis of 13 studies.
    AM Muller, P Sadoghi, R Lucas, L Audige, R Delaney, M Klein, V Valderrabano, P Vavken.
    J Shoulder Elbow Surg 2013; 22(8):1146-52
  • Non-arthroplasty Options for the Management of Massive and Irreparable Rotator Cuff Tears.
    RA Delaney, A Lin, JD Tompson, JJP Warner.
    Clin Sports Med. 2012; 31(4):727-48.
  • Massive Rotator Cuff Tears.
    DM Hampton, RA Delaney, LD Higgins.
    in Orthopaedic Knowledge Update: Shoulder and Elbow 4. American Academy of
    Orthopaedic Surgeons August 2013. Ed: Gregory P. Nicholson. ISBN/ISSN: 9780892039555.
  • Arteriovenous Fistula after a Closed Proximal Tibial Fracture in a Child.
    J Bone Joint Surg Br 2011 93(10):1424-6
    RA Delaney, A Burns, JB Emans.
  • Utilization of the Safe Surgical Dislocation Approach of the Hip to Retrieve a Bullet from the Femoral Head.
    R Delaney, M Albright, G Rebello.
    Case Rep Orthop. 2011;160591. doi: 10.1155/2011/160591
  • Orthopaedic Admissions due to Sports & Recreation Injuries.
    RA Delaney, E Falvey, S Kalimuthu, MJ Molloy, P Fleming.
    Ir Med J. 2009;102(2):40-42.
  • The Limping Child: an algorithm to outrule musculoskeletal sepsis.
    RA Delaney, B Lenehan, L O’Sullivan, JT Street, AJ McGuinness.
    J Bone Joint Surg Br, 2006 88-B: 437.