John Michael Daly, MD, FACS, FRCSI (Hon)

John Michael Daly, MD

Clinical Locations

Primary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111



Research Program

Key Awards

America's Top Doctors®, 2016, 2017

Treatment Philosophy

Hello, my name is Dr. John Daly. I am a surgical oncologist at the Fox Chase Cancer Center and I care for women and men who have cancers and other abnormalities that involve their breasts.

I attended medical school at Temple University and following graduation I went to Houston where I trained at the MD Anderson Cancer Center and remained there on the faculty.  Following this my wife and family returned to New York where I was on the faculty at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for six years.  Upon leaving New York, I came to Philadelphia as the Chief of Surgical Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania hospital for eight years.  I returned to New York as Chairman of the Department of Surgery at New York Hospital for nine years.  Ultimately, I returned to Philadelphia as Dean of the Medical School at Temple University School of Medicine and Professor of Surgery where I cared for patients with tumors of the gastrointestinal tract, as well as breast cancer.  I have now come to Fox Chase as Professor of Surgery and a surgical oncologist specializing in the care of patients with these types of cancers.

I became a surgical oncologist after training at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and have been one for over 25 years.  I became a surgical oncologist because the care of patients with cancer is complicated.  The operations are often difficult, the medical care, the psychological care, the emotional care for patients requires a multidisciplinary team of people and here at Fox Chase we have that team.  I have realized full well all of the ancillary needs of patients who have cancer.  My wife had cancer, and so I have seen the care of patients from both sides of the table from my delivering care to people who have malignancies to, in my wife’s situation, those who receive the care; so, I understand both sides.  For that reason I think I am a much better practitioner than I was 25 years ago.  My level of experience has had me deal with thousands of patients who have cancer and from that experience I am not only a better physician, a better surgeon, but a better man.

Education, Training & Credentials

Educational Background

  • Fellow, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
  • Resident, University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, TX, 1973-1978
  • MD, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 1973


  • American Board of Surgery (#034087) 1988, 1999, 2008
  • Re-certified, American Board of Surgery


  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • American Cancer Society
  • American College of Surgeons, Vice-President
  • American Gastroenterological Society
  • American Institute of Nutrition
  • American Medical Association

Honors & Awards

Honors and Awards

  • The Diamond Award, Temple University Health Ssystem, 2009
  • Clarence E Schaffrey Award, St Joseph’s University, 2008
  • Harry McGlaughin Alumnis of the Year, Temple University, 2008
  • Best Doctors in America, 2001-2002
  • The Best Doctors in New York, New York Magazine, June 6, 2002
  • America's Top Doctors®, 2016, 2017


Patient Stories

Janet Blair

Breast Cancer

Janet Blair

Breast Cancer

For years, Janet Blair had routine mammograms. Then at age 62, in January 2014, a cluster of calcifications was detected in her left breast and further testing was performed. “I was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. I was scared and I knew I had to make some decisions,” recalls Janet.

Karen Lucas

Breast Cancer

Karen Lucas

Breast Cancer

For more than 20 years, Karen Lucas has been diligent about getting annual mammograms, as well as yearly visits to her OB/GYN. At the age of 65, during a routine mammogram in August 2012, the test showed calcification in both breasts.

Research Profile

Research Program

Research Interests

Epigenetics of Cancer and disparities in cancer care


Selected Publications


Intraperitoneal chemotherapy: biologic implications for clinical outcome. Daly JM.Ann Surg. 2000 Apr;231(4):457-9. No abstract available. PubMed

A marriage of databases produces knowledge offspring. Daly JM.Ann Surg. 2013 Dec;258(6):845-6. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000000309. No abstract available. PubMed


Additional Publications