Upon graduating from Normandale Community College, Dr. Daly transferred to the University of Minnesota where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He continued his medical education as a medical student and resident in surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.
Today Dr. Daly serves as a Consultant in the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery, Medical Director of Transplant Intensive Care Unit, and Director of the Heart and Lung Transplant Program at Mayo Clinic. He has achieved the rank of Associate Professor of Surgery in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine which reflects his academic, educational and research accomplishments.
Dr. Daly is a member of various medical and surgical societies, including the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, a highly selective organization recognizing academic achievement in the field of cardiothoracic surgery. He is the author or co-author of over 140 peer-reviewed manuscripts and presents all over the world.
Dr. Daly is a recognized innovator in the field of minimally invasive mitral value repair having co-invented a transapical approach to the repair of mitral regurgitation which offers promise to less invasive correction of structural heart disease.
In his community, Dr. Daly is active as a volunteer and fundraiser. He continues his love of sports (played football at Normandale) by coaching youth football, basketball and baseball. He and his wife, Janice, have organized fundraisers to help save the home of the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, establish the Rosie Belle Performing Arts Theatre for youth in their community, and have helped a local child who was battling cancer.