Ms Ruth Delaney Sports Surgery Clinic

Ruth Delaney

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
Ms. Ruth Delaney is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon and shoulder specialist.  Ruth specializes in the full range of shoulder surgery, including open and arthroscopic (keyhole) procedures.  Her subspecialist areas of interest include shoulder instability and shoulder arthroplasty (shoulder replacement surgery).
After spending her initial postgraduate years in Cork, Ruth 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, Ruth 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 Member of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine in Ireland.
Shortly before the end of her orthopaedic training, Ruth 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, Ruth completed her specialist shoulder training at the Harvard Shoulder Fellowship in Boston as well as in France, under the guidance of 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.
Ruth has performed a number of research studies, and in 2014 won the premier research award in shoulder surgery, the Neer Award, for work on instability surgery.
Procedures that Ruth 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
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:
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.

• Sports Surgery Clinic
• Blackrock Clinic

  • 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
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • Irish American Orthopaedic Society
  • 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)
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.

Contact Ruth Delaney
Suite: 4
Phone: +353 1 526 2335
Fax: +353 1 526 2336
Secretary: Louise Fleury