Richard C. Daly, M.D.

  1. Cardiothoracic Surgeon
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I'm Dr. Daly. I'm a cardiac surgeon at the Mayo Clinic, and my specialty involves adult cardiac surgery. And I also do the transplants, heart and lung transplants. I'm the surgical director of the heart and lung transplant programs.

I became interested in medicine when I was in college, actually, because of interest in science and particularly biology and chemistry. Surgery was sort of an obvious thing for me to want to do. It's physically demanding, but it's also gratifying on a very concrete basis.

Transplant, of course, was weird science almost 25 and 30 years ago and very cutting edge and exciting. And still, it remains exciting, every single case. And I really do enjoy the involvement and the challenges.

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  1. Mitral valve disease
  1. Coronary bypass surgery
  2. Heart surgery
  3. Heart transplant
  4. Heart valve repair
  5. Lung transplant
  6. Robotic surgery
  7. Ventricular assist device insertion
  • Adult cardiac surgery
  • Mitral valve repair
  • Robotic assisted mitral valve repair (minimally invasive)
  • Heart transplantation
  • Lung transplantation
  • Ventricular assist devices
  • Robotic assisted CABG (minimally invasive)
  1. 1991
    Fellow - Cardiopulmonary TransplantationNational Heart and Lung Institute, Harefield Hospital
  2. 1990
    Fellow - Thoracic and Cardiovascular SurgeryMayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  3. 1988
    Resident - General SurgeryMayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  4. 1983
    InternshipHennepin County Medical Center
  5. 1982
    MDMayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
  6. 1978
    BSUniversity of Minnesota
  7. 1976
    AANormandale Community College

Certifications

  1. 1993
    Thoracic and Cardiac SurgeryAmerican Board of Thoracic Surgery

Awards and honors

  1. 2016
    Distinguished Clinician Award Officers and Councilors
  2. 2009
    Alumni Achievement AwardNormandale College
  3. 2007
    Socrates AwardThoracic Surgery Residents Association
  4. 2006
    Neochord Translational Research AwardAwarding Organization
  5. 2003
    Outstanding service as At Large Member of the Throacic Organ Transplant CommitteeUnited Network for Organ Sharing
  6. 2003
    Left Ventricular Assist Device (HeartMate)Program Development Team, Mayo Clinic Rochester Committees
  7. 1992
    Outstanding Alumnus of Normandale CollegeNormandale College
  8. 1991
    Mayo Foundation ScholarMayo Clinic
  9. 1990
    O.T. Clagett Traveling Fellow Award for Outstanding Achievement as a Cardiothoracic ResidentAwarding Organization
  10. 1985
    Howard K. Gray Award for Outstanding Achievement as a Surgical ResidentAwarding Organization
  11. 1978
    MemberPhi Beta Kappa Honor Society
  12. 1978
    MemberPhi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  13. 1978
    MemberGamma Sigma Delta Honor Society
  14. 1978
    Graduated Summa Cum LaudeUniversity of Minnesota
  15. 1975
    Oustanding Contribution to Normandale College AwardNormandale College
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Professional memberships

  1. 2014 - present
    MemberDivision of Cardiovascular Surgery, Department of Surgery, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine
  2. 2005 - present
    ChairThoracic Surgery Committee, Upper Midwest Organ Procurement Organization
  3. 2002
    MemberAmerican Heart Association
  4. 2002
    MemberAsia Pacific Scientific Forum, American Heart Association
  5. 2001 - 2003
    PresidentLifeSource, Upper Midwest Organ Procurement Organization
  6. 2001
    Scientific ReviewerAmerican Heart Association
  7. 2001 - present
    MemberInternational Society For Heart and Lung Transplantation
  8. 2001 - present
    MemberElectoral Committee, Mayo Foundation Chapter, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
  9. 2001 - present
    MemberAmerican Association for Thoracic Surgery
  10. 2001 - present
    MemberExecutive Committee, Mayo Foundation Chapter, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
  11. 2000
    Mayo RepresentativeMechanical Circulatory Support Technology Assessment Work Group, Institute for Clinical Systems Integration
  12. 2000 - present
    Medical DirectorCardiac Surgery ICU, Department of Surgery
  13. 2000 - present
    MemberPractice Committee, William J von Liebig Transplant Center
  14. 1999 - 2000
    MemberTransplant Marketing Subcommittee, William J von Liebig Transplant Center
  15. 1999
    Abstract ReviewerAmerican Heart Association
  16. 1999 - present
    MemberInternational Society for Rotary Blood Pumps
  17. 1999 - present
    MemberInternational Society for Artificial Organs
  18. 1998 - 2003
    Medical DirectorLifeSource, Upper Midwest Organ Procurement Organization
  19. 1998 - 2003
    MemberAbstract Review Committee, American Heart Association
  20. 1998 - 2001
    Vice PresidentLifeSource, Upper Midwest Organ Procurement Organization
  21. 1998 - 2000
    MemberStrategic Alliances Committee, Mayo Clinic Committees
  22. 1998 - 2000
    MemberTransplant Center Committee, William J von Liebig Transplant Center
  23. 1998
    ChairStaff Search Committee, Division of Cardiovascular Surgery, Department of Surgery
  24. 1998
    Mayo RepresentativeMinimally Invasive Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG) Assessment Group, Institute for Clinical Systems Integration
  25. 1998 - present
    MemberInternational Xenotransplantation Association
  26. 1998 - present
    MemberTransplant Advisory Committee, Minnesota Department of Human Services
  27. 1997 - 2007
    MemberMayo Clinic Transfusion Committee, Mayo Clinic Rochester Committees
  28. 1997 - 2001
    MemberEducation Committee, Mayo Medical School, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
  29. 1996 - 2006
    MemberPediatric Transplant Working Group, William J von Liebig Transplant Center
  30. 1996 - 2006
    MemberExecutive Committee, LifeSource, Upper Midwest Organ Procurement Organization
  31. 1996 - 2005
    MemberXenotransplant Working Group, William J von Liebig Transplant Center
  32. 1996 - 1998
    TreasurerLifeSource, Upper Midwest Organ Procurement Organization
  33. 1996 - present
    Member(E) ICU, Xenotransplant Working Group, William J von Liebig Transplant Center
  34. 1995 - 2007
    MemberLiaison for valves and conduits supply, order, contract negotiations, Division of Cardiovascular Surgery, Department of Surgery
  35. 1995
    ChairStaff Search Committee, Division of Cardiovascular Surgery, Department of Surgery
  36. 1995 - present
    FellowAmerican College of Surgeons
  37. 1995 - present
    MemberAmerican College of Surgeons
  38. 1995 - present
    MemberSociety of Thoracic Surgeons
  39. 1994 - 2000
    MemberInstitutional ICU Committee, Mayo Clinic Rochester Committees
  40. 1994 - 1997
    MemberCurriculum Committee, Mayo Medical School, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
  41. 1994 - 1997
    MemberBasic Science Research, American Heart Association
  42. 1994 - 1997
    MemberGrant Review Committee, Basic Science Research, American Heart Association
  43. 1994 - 1995
    Scientific ReviewerRegional Research Grants, American Heart Association
  44. 1994 - 1995
    MemberRegional Research Grants, American Heart Association
  45. 1994
    MemberUnited Network for Organ Sharing
  46. 1994 - present
    Regional RepresentativeRegion 7, United Network for Organ Sharing
  47. 1994 - present
    MemberSigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
  48. 1994 - present
    MemberMinnesota Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  49. 1994 - present
    MemberRegion 7, United Network for Organ Sharing
  50. 1994 - present
    MemberBoard of Directors, Minnesota Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  51. 1993
    Mayo RepresentativeAcademic Medical Center Consortium
  52. 1992 - 2008
    MemberBoard of Directors, LifeSource, Upper Midwest Organ Procurement Organization
  53. 1992 - 1998
    ChairQuality Assurance Committee, Division of Cardiovascular Surgery, Department of Surgery
  54. 1992 - 1998
    MemberQuality Assurance Committee, Division of Cardiovascular Surgery, Department of Surgery
  55. 1992 - present
    MemberICU Quality Assurance Committee, Division of Cardiovascular Surgery, Department of Surgery
  56. 1988 - present
    MemberPriestley Society
  57. 1983 - present
    MemberAmerican Medical Association
  58. 1983 - present
    MemberMinnesota Medical Association
  59. 1983 - present
    MemberZumbro Valley Medical Society, Minnesota Medical Association
  60. 1982 - present
    MemberMayo Clinic Alumni Association, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Department of Education Administration
  61.  
    Abstract JudgeAsia Pacific Scientific Forum, American Heart Association
  62.  
    Abstract GraderInternational Society For Heart and Lung Transplantation
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Publications

Research activities

See a description of research activities.