Ms. Ruth Delaney, MB BCh, MMedSc, FFSEM, FRCS.

Orthopaedic Surgeon, Shoulder Specialist - trained to the highest international standards

A Harvard-trained shoulder specialist who treats many different problems affecting the shoulder.  


"I especially enjoy the privilege of taking care of patients, be that by performing surgery, administering an injection, guiding physiotherapy and rehabilitation, or by giving simple reassurance.  The patient is a central part of the shared decision-making in coming up with a plan for their care."

Dublin Shoulder Institute

A private practice shoulder service, with academic links to University College Dublin, via the UCD Beacon Academy.

DSI was founded by Ms. Ruth Delaney, consultant shoulder surgeon, and is based across three Dublin hospitals: Sports Surgery Clinic, Beacon Hospital and Blackrock Clinic.  All outpatient consultations take place in our suite at Sports Surgery Clinic. Surgeries are performed at all three hospitals, with individual choice of hospital being dependent on a number of clinical and logistic factors.


The concept of bringing together the expertise needed to provide top class shoulder care is central to Dublin Shoulder Institute.  From our excellent administrative staff to our consultant surgeon, all staff members are focused on providing the patient with the very best experience.


Our team has expanded to include a dedicated physiotherapist, a nurse specialist, a shoulder fellow (a fully trained orthopaedic surgeon who has chosen to spend a year working with Ms. Delaney for sub-specialist training in shoulder surgery) and an academic administrative assistant who coordinates our research efforts and our presence on the international stage, ensuring that we bring the best of international shoulder care to Ireland.


DSI has also had the privilege of hosting visiting surgeons from all over the world, having been chosen as a host site for the SECEC European Traveling Fellowship and the American Shoulder & Elbow Surgeons Traveling Fellowship.  Our visiting surgeons come to learn from us, but invariably we also learn from them and gain invaluable insights through discussions with our international colleagues, ensuring that DSI remains at the forefront of world class shoulder care.

This is what patients have said about Ms. Delaney’s work
"Amazing Skills"
"A year ago last Saturday you performed surgery on my shoulder. I am delighted to tell you that everything has turned out fine much to the amazement of both my GP & my physio. Such was the extent of my injuries, that both these professionals thought my best hope was not to be left with a frozen shoulder. However, thanks to your amazing skills, everything is back to near normal with even golf returning to my life since last January."
“Professional skill, safe hands and careful attention”
“Dear Dr Delaney,
    I write, somewhat belatedly, to thank you most sincerely for your
 great work in March last, in repairing my rotator cuff injury. I am
 very grateful for your professional skill, safe hands and careful attention.
 I am indebted to you and extend my hearty thanks.
    Continued success to you in your good work.“
“An enormous relief ”
“Thank you so much for your professional advice on my shoulder and for fitting me in so promptly with your busy schedule. It was an enormous relief to hear from you that I could avoid surgery.”
"Help and skill"
“A big thank you to you and your staff – I really appreciate all your help and skill.”
"Exceptional attention to my surgery"
“Thank you so much for your kindness, exceptional attention to my surgery, professionalism and friendly conversation.”
"Perfectly performed surgery"
“Ruth, thank you so much for everything you have done for me! From the perfectly performed surgery, to the guidance in rehab. I can’t thank you enough. Rhys”
"I have found Ms Delaney excellent to work with in the care and management of our players"
"She provides a thorough well researched approach and we have had excellent outcomes with our players. She has been great to deal with and has given us a very professional service"
"Full use of shoulder/hand without any pain "
“I wish to thank you sincerely for the most successful procedure you carried out on my left shoulder exactly 12 months ago. I can say that I have full use of shoulder/hand without any pain or discomfort.”
"I knew I was in safe hands when we first met"
“Many thanks for everything have done over the last couple of weeks. I knew I was in safe hands when we first met. Hopefully I’ll make a full recovery and continue my sporting career, knowing it was done by you.”
"My recovery has been rapid and complete"
“Almost one year ago, you operated on my shoulder, doing a rotator cuff repair. My recovery has been rapid and complete. I’m completely pain free, can close the car boot lid, tie my bra and take plates from a shelf without a second thought. But I don’t take my recovery for granted. Many times over the last year I have in my thoughts, sent you the gratitude you so richly deserve. Because of your skill and expertise I can now enjoy a hugely improved quality of life."
"Thanks a million"
“I just wanted to say thanks a million. Fitting me in for the initial consultation and quick turnaround to do the operation was greatly appreciated. It meant I still got to go on holiday!”
"Never expected to get such relief and mobility"
“Thank you so much for the excellent job on my shoulder. It’s perfect, never expected to get such relief and mobility. Thanks again.”
"Excellent work on repairing my shoulder"
“Thank you very much for your excellent work on repairing my shoulder. I am very grateful for the care I received and for the opportunity to get to enjoying sport again in the future.”
"You are very good"
“You said you would fix my shoulder and I am very glad and happy you did. It was very tough going at first, I stuck with it, and it is fine. I know how much I can do, I am very grateful to you. You are very good.”
"Shoulder is feeling great."
“Thank you for doing such a great job on my shoulder. It was a challenging year but all the rehab paid off. I missed out on Ocean to City regatta last year but did it this year. It would not have been possible without your help. Keep up the good work. Shoulder is feeling great.”
"Making my pre and post op experience a very positive one"
“Thank you to you and all your extremely efficient team for making my pre and post op experience a very positive one. My recovery is going very well and I have you to thank for that.”
"Excellent care and treatment"
“I appreciate the excellent care and treatment given to me on my recent visit to you re my shoulder problem. The shoulder is doing fine so far. Your professionalism, generosity and expertise were top class and very much appreciated.”
"My shoulder replacement is a complete success"
"My shoulder replacement is a complete success. I have the full range of movements and no pain."