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Delaney, Ms. Ruth


Secretary: Barbara Gibney
Clinic Times:
Telephone: 01 526 2335
Fax: 01 5262336
Email: info@dublinshoulder.com
Website: www.dublinshoulder.com

Special Interests

All areas of shoulder surgery, including sports injuries of the shoulder, shoulder instability, rotator cuff disease, shoulder arthritis.

Professional Profile

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.

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. She completed fellowship in 2014 and commenced practice as a consultant in Ireland.

Ms. Delaney is an active researcher, 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 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2020.

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

In 2020, Ms. Delaney was appointed an Associate Editor for the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery – Seminars in Arthroplasty.  In January 2021, she was invited to serve on the International Advisory Board of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. In September 2021, she was given the prestigious appointment of Deputy Editor for Shoulder and Elbow Research at the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS).

She is regularly invited to teach and lecture at shoulder courses and conferences all over the world.

Having represented Munster in four different sports and played tennis at international level, Ruth has a personal understanding of athletes and people who wish to stay active at all levels, and she brings this perspective to her treatment of patients with shoulder problems.

Research Interests

Shoulder instability. Shoulder arthroplasty.

Current Membership

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

American Shoulder & Elbow Surgeons

Société Europeéne pour Chirurgie de l’Epaule et du Coude

Irish Shoulder & Elbow Society

Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (Trauma & Orthopaedics)

Irish Institute of Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery

Irish American Orthopaedic Society

Appointment Requirements

It is helpful if you have a referral letter from your GP or physiotherapist. Alternatively, you may fill in our Online Intake Form at www.dublinshoulder.com to provide the information that we need.

Bring to appointment:

Referral letter, if available – fax, email or post.
• Medication list (first consultation).
• Any previous imaging studies (CDs, not just paper reports) – Xrays etc.
• Health Insurance details, if insured – company, policy name and number. (We are also happy to see and treat patients without private insurance)

See www.dublinshoulder.com/appointments for further details