• Conor Delaney

    Professor of Surgery, Cleveland Clinic

    Conor Delaney, MD, MCh, PhD, FRCSI, FACS, FASCRS (Hon)

    Chairman, Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute

    Victor W. Fazio MD Endowed Chair in Colorectal Surgery

    Cleveland Clinic

    Professor of Surgery,

    Cleveland Clinic, Lerner College of Medicine

    Cleveland, Ohio



    Conor P. Delaney, MD, MCh, PhD, FRCSI, FACS, FASCRS (Hon)


    Conor P. Delaney, MD, PhD, is Chairman of the Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, with responsibility for the Departments of Colorectal Surgery, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and Surgery. He holds a Master of Surgery and PhD degree from the University College Dublin in Ireland. His postgraduate education included a residency through the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and fellowships at the University of Pittsburgh, and the Cleveland Clinic. Dr Delaney holds the Victor W. Fazio MD Endowed Chair in Colorectal Surgery.

    Dr. Delaney has received a number of prizes, scholarships and awards over the course of his career in training, education and research. He is a member and serves on administrative committees of many national and international professional societies, serves on the editorial board of eight national and international journals, and is the founder and past-president of the International Society for Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery, and Midwest Surgical Association. He has a number of patents, and several years ago founded a healthcare analytics company called Socrates Analytics based on his his interest in IT, healthcare finances, process and operations.


    Dr. Delaney has given over 320 lectures nationally and internationally and has published eight books and 350 other manuscripts in scientific journals on topics relating to surgical education, colorectal cancer surgery, laparoscopic colorectal surgery and peri-operative care for intestinal surgery. 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, cost-efficiency in surgery, and surgical education. 

    Key publications:

    • Chasing Surgical Value. Delaney CPAm J Surg, 2017; 213(3): 439-42.

    • The HARM score for gastrointestinal surgery: application and validation of a novel, reliable and simple tool to measure surgical quality and outcomes. Crawshaw B, Keller DS, Brady JT, Augestad KM, Schiltz NK, Koroukian SM, Navale SM, Steele SR, Delaney CPAm J Surg, 2017; 213(3): 575-8.

    • Pharmacogenetics-guided analgesics in major abdominal surgery: further benefits within an enhanced recovery pathway. Senagore AJ, Champagne BJ, Dosokey E, Brady J, Steele SR, Stein SL, Delaney CPAm J Surg, 2017; 213(3): 467-72.

    • The effect of laparoscopic surgery on healthcare utilization and cost in patients undergoing colectomy. Crawshaw BP, Chien HL, Augestad KM, Delaney CP.JAMA Surgery, 2015; 150(5): 410-5.

    • Standardization of laparoscopic total mesorectal excision for rectal cancer – a structured international expert consensus. Miskovic D, Foster J, Agha A, Delaney CP, Francis N, Hasegawa H, Karachun A, Kim SH, Law WL, Marks J, Morino M, Panis Y, Uriburu YCP, Wexner S, Parvaiz A. Ann Surg 2015; 261(4): 716-22.

    • Discharge within 24-72 hours of surgery is associated with low readmission rates when using enhanced recovery pathways. Lawrence JK, Samia H, Keller DS, Ermlich B, Brady K, Nobel T, Delaney CPJ Am Coll Surgeons, 2013; 216(3): 390-4.

    • Laparoscopic Total Mesorectal Excision for Low Rectal Cancer. Adamina M, Delaney CP.  Surg Endosc, 2011; 25: 2738-41.

    • Adherence to surgical care improvement project measures and the association with postoperative complications. Stulberg JJ, Delaney CP, Neuhauser DV, Aron DC, Fu P, Koroukian SM. JAMA, 2010; 303(24): 2479-85.

    • Clinical Outcomes and Resource Utilization Associated with Laparoscopic and Open Colectomy Using a Large National Database. Delaney CP, Chang E, Senagore AJ, Broder M. Ann Surg, 2008; 247(5): 819-24.

    • Fast-track post-operative management protocol for patients with high co-morbidity undergoing complex abdominal and pelvic colorectal surgery. Delaney CP, Fazio VW, Senagore AJ, Robinson B, Halverson A, Remzi FH. Br J Surg.  2001; 88: 1533-8.



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