Richard C. Daly, M.D.

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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. American Board of Surgery
  2. American 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
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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. 2004
    ChairNational Annual Scientific Session Program, American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine
  4. 2002
    MemberAmerican Heart Association
  5. 2002
    MemberAsia Pacific Scientific Forum, American Heart Association
  6. 2001 - 2003
    PresidentLifeSource, Upper Midwest Organ Procurement Organization
  7. 2001
    ChairNational Annual Scientific Session Program, American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine
  8. 2001
    Scientific ReviewerAmerican Heart Association
  9. 2001 - present
    MemberInternational Society For Heart and Lung Transplantation
  10. 2001 - present
    MemberElectoral Committee, Mayo Foundation Chapter, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
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Publications

Research Activities

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