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Introducing J.P. Delaney, M.D. [Video]

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Introducing J.P. Delaney, M.D., a hand surgeon at Summit Orthopedics in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. His specialties include upper extremity injuries such as, shoulder separations, clavicle fractures, and hand and wrist fractures.

Meet J.P. Delaney, M.D.

Dr. Delaney’s approach: “As a college hockey player I experienced my fair share of injuries. I understand the sense of uncertainty associated with surgery and recovery. I believe listening, honesty, and education enable patient confidence. I rely on these qualities to help patients understand what to expect and optimize outcomes.”

Dr. Delaney’s education: After completing his undergraduate studies at Colorado College in Colorado Springs,  Colorado, Dr. Delaney earned his medical degree at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis, MN. His residency took place at University of Vermont Medical School in Burlington, Vermont, and he furthered his specialized training in the Orthopadeic Upper Extremity Fellowship at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.

Summit Orthopedics provides personalized hand and wrist expertise

The function of our hands is integrated through our wrists and arms to our shoulders; a problem anywhere along our arm may have a significant impact on hand function and quality of life. If you experience an injury or uncomfortable symptoms, our fellowship-trained hand and wrist surgeons are here to help. Summit physicians receive the highest levels of training and exclusively provide individualized care for conditions of the hand, wrist, and elbow.

Start your journey to better function and less pain. Find your hand expert, request an appointment online, or call us at (651) 968–5201 to schedule a consultation.

Summit has convenient locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We have state-of-the-art centers for comprehensive orthopedic care in Eagan, MNPlymouth, MNVadnais Heights, MN, and Woodbury, MN, as well as additional community clinics throughout the metro and southern Minnesota.

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Video Transcription

My name is John Delaney, and I am an orthopedic upper extremity surgeon. Originally I wanted to do biomedical engineering, but my grandfather was a family practice doc in a small town in rural Iowa, and he really inspired me to go into a course of medicine and eventually make that my career. I knew in high school that for some reason I wanted to do orthopedic surgery. That allowed me to focus my path going to college and afterward medical school. My schooling after high school was Colorado College out in Colorado Springs. Following that, I went to the medical school at the University of Minnesota. I matched into an orthopedic residency at University of Vermont and completed a fellowship in hand and upper extremity at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. My research when I was out in Vail was in shoulder biomechanics and motion, and that really got me interested in shoulder-specific surgery. And as I went through residency, I gained greater appreciation for the upper extremity – very unique anatomy. As an upper extremity surgeon, you really get to deal with every aspect of pathology, whether it’s broken bones, to joint replacements, to nerve surgery and tendon surgery. We do the whole spectrum of orthopedic surgery. And for me, that was what I wanted, a broad variety in my practice and to be able to see and treat every type of injury. I think one of the unique aspects of my practice is that I’m able to treat any pathology in the entire upper extremity, from shoulder to fingertip injuries, everything in between. From elderly patients with arthritis, I can do joint replacement surgery, to younger people with athletic injuries or children I’m also able to treat. Outside of the operating room, I enjoy spending time with my family, which is my wife and my young daughter. I also like to play ice hockey, fly fish and ride my bicycle. I think in orthopedic surgery one of the unique aspects is we get to see very immediate results in most of our patients. And people come in – usually with a traumatic injury of some type or a degenerative condition – and after surgery within a couple of months, these people are usually back to, close to fully functioning and enjoying their lives. And that, being able to make that type of difference in someone’s life, is very gratifying.