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 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 compliment her Master’s 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 the 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.

Dublin Shoulder Institute: Our service remains fully staffed and we are available as usual via phone, fax and email Monday to Friday during office hours (09:00-17:00 Monday to Thursday, 09:00-16:00 Friday) for referrals and queries. Ms. Delaney is available out of hours (for emergencies) as normal and can be reached via the hospital switchboard.

Any patient with a concern or an urgent problem will be seen face to face in the office.

For routine office visits, we are currently offering the option of telemedicine appointments – either by videoconference, or for those who don’t have that facility, telephone. For patients who would prefer a face to face consultation, we are currently booking those for May, but we are continuously reviewing the public health guidelines with regard to the exact timing of when it will be safe to resume face to face appointments for routine visits.

• 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)
Contact Ruth Delaney
Suite: 4
Fax: +353 1 526 2336
Secretary: Barbara Gibney