John M. Daly, MD, FACS, FRCSI (Hon), FRCSG (Hon)

John Michael Daly, MD

Attending Surgeon

TRDG Member, Breast CancerColorectal and SI CancerEsophagus, Pancreas, and Liver Cancer

Interim Dean, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

Harry C. Donahoo Professor, Surgery, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University


Key Awards

Philadelphia Magazine Top Docs 2020

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 and Training

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, Former Vice-President
  • American Gastroenterological Society
  • American Institute of Nutrition
  • American Medical Association
  • Society of Surgical Oncology, Fomer President 
  • American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, Former President


Honors & Awards

  • Philadelphia Magazine Top Doctors, 2018, 2019
  • America's Top Doctors®2016-17
  • The Diamond Award, Temple University Health System, 2009
  • Clarence E Schaffrey Award, St Joseph’s University, 2008
  • Harry McGlaughin Alumnus of the Year, Temple University, 2008
  • Best Doctors in America, 2001-2002
  • The Best Doctors in New York, New York Magazine, June 6, 2002
Patient Stories

Deborah Matzura-Wolfe

Breast Cancer

Deborah Matzura-Wolfe

Breast Cancer

I lost my hair, but I never even got sick, which I was fully expecting to happen. I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop, but it never did.

Katrice Graham

Breast Cancer

Katrice Graham

Breast Cancer

Before I was diagnosed with Stage II estrogen receptor-positive (ER+) breast cancer, I lived a pretty well-rounded life. I’m still getting used to my new normal.

Janet Blair

Breast Cancer

Janet Blair

Breast Cancer

I was 62 years old in January 2014 when a routine mammogram detected a cluster of calcifications in my left breast. Further testing showed that I had stage 3 breast cancer. I was scared and knew I needed to make some decisions.

Karen Lucas

Breast Cancer

Karen Lucas

Breast Cancer

For more than 20 years, I had been diligent about getting annual mammograms, as well as yearly visits to my OB/GYN. At 65 years old, during a routine mammogram in August 2012, my test showed calcification in both my breasts.

Research Profile

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




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  • 5.0
    January 14, 2020
    Best care. Very professional. I felt my needs were addressed.
  • 5.0
    October 17, 2019
    Dr. Daly and his staff were all excellent. Can't say anything but your hospital is great!
  • 5.0
    September 05, 2019
    Dr. John Daly was caring, compassionate treated me with respect I would recommend him to anyone.
  • 5.0
    August 08, 2019
    Dr. Daly's staff took a stressful situation and made it feel safe and pleasant. He even called me the night before surgery to see if I had any concerns or questions. That really made a difference for me! He's wonderful....
  • 5.0
    July 07, 2019
    I love Dr. Daly and his staff [...].
  • 5.0
    May 27, 2019
    It is always a very positive & comforting experience visiting Dr. Daly's office.

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