SOH Lecture

President, Cleveland Clinic Florida Market

Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Distinguished Chair in Healthcare Innovation
Professor of Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

Dr. Delaney is President of the Cleveland Clinic Florida market and an Executive Vice-President at Cleveland Clinic, serving on the enterprise Executive Team. Dr. Delaney served as Chairman of the Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute at the Cleveland Clinic from 2015-20. Previously, Dr. Delaney was Chief of Colorectal Surgery and vice-Chair of Surgery at University Hospitals Case Medical Center (UHCMC) from 2005-15, and served as founding Surgical Director of the Digestive Health Institute at UHCMC (2009-15) and founding Director of the Case Western Reserve University Center for Skills and Simulation (2006-15), having previously been on the staff of the Cleveland Clinic Department of Colorectal Surgery (2000-05).

Dr. Delaney holds a Master of Surgery (1995) and PhD (2000) from University College Dublin in Ireland. His post-graduate education included a residency through the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and fellowships in immunology at the University of Pittsburgh (1993-5), and colorectal surgery at the Cleveland Clinic (1999-2000). Dr. Delaney previously held the Victor W. Fazio MD Endowed Chair in Colorectal Surgery (2017-20), the Jeffrey L. Ponsky Professorship of Surgical Education (2009-15), and was the inaugural Murdough Master Clinician in Colorectal Surgery (2011-15). He was inducted as member of the Academy of Master Surgeon Educators of the American College of Surgeons in 2022.

Dr. Delaney has received a number of prizes, scholarships, and awards. He is the past-president of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (2022-23), International Society for Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery (2008-9) and the Midwest Surgical Association (2015-16), and has held leadership and committee roles in many medical and surgical societies. He has been awarded honorary membership or fellowship of six international surgical societies and colleges, including the European Surgical Association (2020), Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (2018) and Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand (2006). He has served on the editorial board of 15 national and international journals. Dr. Delaney has several patents, and previously founded a healthcare analytics company based on his interest in IT, healthcare finance and operations.

Dr. Delaney has edited or co-edited 11 books which have been translated into six languages, as well as over 400 original manuscripts, reviews and chapters relating to surgical education, colorectal cancer surgery, laparoscopic colorectal surgery, and peri-operative care (h-index 85; Google Scholar). He has given more than 55 visiting professorships, 36 named lectures, and more than 380 invited lectures nationally and internationally. His clinical interests include laparoscopic colorectal surgery, carcinoma of the colon, rectum and anus; Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, sphincter-saving surgery, re-operative abdominal surgery and colonoscopy. His research interests include various aspects of colorectal surgery, peri-operative care and quality, cost-efficiency in surgery, and surgical education.




  • to empower people to pursue high-quality care by building, developing and optimizing teams. This involves collaboration; coaching and mentorship; effective recruitment; setting and maintaining standards; thoughtful, transparent and respectful communication; organization and planning; providing value through operational efficiency, data analysis and projected performance; in addition to providing an environment for research and education.


  • include laparoscopic colorectal surgery, carcinoma of the colon, rectum and anus; Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, sphincter-saving surgery, re-operative abdominal surgery and colonoscopy.


  • colorectal surgery, rectal cancer, enhanced recovery, peri-operative care, cost-efficiency in surgery, and surgical simulation and education.


  • to play a significant role in the life-long education of surgeons, and other health-care providers. As well as a focus on teaching technical skills, I am passionate about the broader care and decision making that is required for healthcare. I believe strongly in mentoring and advising mentees for leadership, a key component of high-quality patient-focused surgical practice and sustainable medical care.

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