Alumni Spotlight

Ruth Delaney - Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

11 Oct
Ruth Delaney

Sports injuries are part and parcel of being athlete (as Martin O’Neill knows well). Luckily athletes have doctors like our graduate of the week Ruth Delaney there to lend a helping hand. While still completing her training Ruth worked with the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots in her role as an orthopaedic surgeon and shoulder specialist.

She was also chief resident on the orthopaedic trauma service at the time of the tragic events of the 2013 Boston marathon bombings which prompted her to partake in the marathon in 2014 to raise money for the Massachusetts General Hospital emergency response fund.

She is now back in Ireland as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon and shoulder specialist with the Sports Surgery Clinic and the Irish athletes are delighted to have her back.

Course/subjects studied in UCC

Medicine (2006), Masters of Medical Science in Sports & Exercise Medicine (2008).

Best memory of UCC

Undergraduate conferring in June 2006. It was a beautifully sunny day, everyone was in great form, and the whole day and evening was a celebration with close UCC friends.

How has your time at UCC helped you to get to where you are now?

We had no way of knowing or appreciating this at the time, but the medical education we received at UCC was top class in world terms. It meant I was ready and able to go out into the world and pursue training in my chosen field, orthopaedics, at Harvard and not only hold my own, but do well there.

What is your advice to current UCC students?

You are at a university that will give you everything you need to go out and achieve your goals, anywhere in the world. Do not ever lack confidence in setting those goals and going after them.

What person/people at UCC had the most positive influence on you?

There were so many teachers, clinicians and their patients who shaped me into the doctor that I am today. As a surgeon, anatomy is the foundation of everything, and I still rely on things I first learned from Dr. Michelle Reardon and Prof. John Fraher in the department of Anatomy. Later on, orthopaedic surgeon John Street (a registrar at CUH at the time, and a fellow UCC graduate) was a positive influence in the early steps of my journey into orthopaedics.

Were you involved in any Clubs or Societies?

I was in the German Society and I was very involved in the Tennis Club, playing a number of intervarsity tournaments (one memorable one in Belfast at which we claimed victory for UCC).

Favourite UCC legend or superstition

Stepping on the crest under the archway of the quad will mean you fail your exams. Still feels strange to step on it now, ten years later…

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