Case Western Reserve University has announced the appointment of Conor P. Delaney, M.D., Ph.D., as the inaugural occupant of the Jeffrey L. Ponsky, M.D., Professorship in Surgical Education and Director of the School of Medicine's new Center for Surgical Skills Training.
The newly established professorship was made possible by a $2 million combined gift; nearly $1 million contributed by the Forest City Enterprises Charitable Foundation, Inc. was combined with a $1 million commitment made in 2006 by the Goldberg, Ponsky, Frankel Family to endow the professorship. The gift will support the recruitment and retention of world-class surgical talent to the School of Medicine.
As a part of the existing Institute for Surgery and Innovation at the School of Medicine, the Center for Surgical Skills Training will further enhance teaching and learning capabilities, providing students, residents and practicing health care professionals the location and tools they need to learn the latest sophisticated surgical methods. The Forest City Enterprises Charitable Foundation, Inc. gift also supported the creation of the Center for Surgical Skills Training.
"We are very proud to have Dr. Delaney honored as the inaugural recipient of the Jeffery L. Ponsky, M.D. Professorship. Dr. Delaney's commitment to surgical education embodies the values and surgical leadership exhibited by Dr. Ponsky in his prestigious career spanning more than three decades," says Pamela Davis, M.D., Ph.D., Dean, School of Medicine, and Vice President, Medical Affairs, Case Western Reserve University.
A dedicated teacher, researcher, and physician, Dr. Delaney is working to identify the most effective ways to teach laparoscopic colorectal surgery, helping to teach laparoscopic surgery internationally, and developing optimal and cost-efficient care pathways after colorectal surgery. His research focuses on various aspects of colorectal surgery, cost-efficiency in surgery, and operative training methodology. Dr. Delaney has published more than 170 original articles and book chapters, authored or edited two textbooks and serves on the editorial board of four journals. He has given more than 180 national and international guest lectures. Dr. Delaney's 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. In 2004, he founded the International Society for Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery.
Dr. Delaney is Chief of the Division of Colorectal Surgery and Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. He holds a Master of Surgery and Ph.D. from the University College Dublin in Ireland. His postgraduate education included an internship at Mater Misericordiae Hospital and residency at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He completed fellowships at the Royal College of Surgeons, University of Pittsburgh, and Cleveland Clinic.
A professor of surgery, Dr. Delaney joined the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 2004.
A highly respected faculty member, Dr. Ponsky (MED '71, WSOM '90) is Oliver H. Payne Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the School of Medicine. He serves as Surgeon-in-chief at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of numerous prominent surgical societies. Dr. Ponsky has published more than 200 original articles and book chapters, authored or edited five textbooks and serves on the editorial board of eight journals. Throughout his career, he has received numerous awards including the distinguished Kaiser Teaching Excellence Award at the School of Medicine in 1993 and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy's Rudolf Schindler Award, the highest recognition award for excellence in endoscopic research, teaching and service. Dr. Ponsky is the originator of the percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy, which provided a minimally invasive substitute for operative placement of feeding tubes.
Dr. Ponsky's sons, Lee (MED '97) and Todd (MED '99), are also School of Medicine faculty.
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