DTC Medical Team

Matthew Corcoran, MD

Diabetes Training Camp Foundation, Founder & President Diabetes Training Camp, Founder

Dr. Matthew Corcoran is Founder and President of Diabetes Training Camp Foundation, a unique clinical resource entirely devoted to providing general fitness and multi-sport camps and services for teens and adults with diabetes. The mission of the Diabetes Training Camp Foundation is to inspire, motivate and educate by delivering unique and customized programs and coaching that empower the community of people with diabetes to thrive.

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Dr. Corcoran earned his undergraduate degree from Boston College and his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine before moving to the University of Chicago Hospitals and completing his internship and residency in internal medicine and fellowship in diabetes, endocrinology and metabolism. Dr. Corcoran is board certified in diabetes, endocrinology and metabolism and currently serves as Medical Director for Shore Physicians Group diabetes and endocrinology practice in South Jersey.

Corcoran’s commitment to improving the lives of those with diabetes extends to his work as a member of the Board of Directors for both the South Jersey Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and Diabetes Training Camp Foundation.

Dr. Corcoran is recognized nationally and internationally in diabetes, exercise and sports and speaks nationally on the topic. Corcoran has worked extensively with recreational and endurance athletes with diabetes and has consulted with high school, collegiate, Olympic and professional athletes with Type 1 diabetes. He was recently honored for his work as a physician and educator by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) as one of twelve diabetes "Game Changers" in their 2016 People to Know edition of their Diabetes Forecast publication.

Additional experience in national leadership roles includes his role on the faculty of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) PEAK program that is committed to educating healthcare providers and patients regarding the management of diabetes and exercise. Corcoran also serves on the research and writing group for the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine (AMSSM) Scientific Statement on Diabetes and Exercise in the Active Individual and was a member of the research and writing committee for the National Athletic Trainer Association (NATA) Position Statement: Management of the Athlete with Type 1 diabetes Mellitus. He is also a member of the ADA Council on Exercise.

Throughout his career, Dr. Corcoran has worked with persons with diabetes in reaching their fitness and athletic goals. His clinical experience has made him keenly aware of the needs of those with diabetes when it comes to counsel on diabetes, exercise and sports. Dr. Corcoran has taken that experience and applied it in his daily practice, as well as in his previous consulting roles with amateur, collegiate and Olympic athletes with diabetes and his work as an adjunct faculty member with the world-renowned Cooper Institute in Dallas, Texas.

An athlete himself, Dr. Corcoran is a gifted speaker and teacher committed to advocacy for people with diabetes. He and his wife Jody and their sons Brennan and Finn currently call Margate City, New Jersey, home and love spending time together being active outdoors

“I have been privileged through my work with the Diabetes Training Camp to meet an amazing array of inspirational people with diabetes who challenge it on a daily basis. By bringing medicine and exercise science together, we can make it easier for everyone with diabetes to stay on top of their game."

JJ Linder, MD

JJ was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in his last year of college, just a couple of months before starting medical school at Washington University in St. Louis. He first attended DTC as a camper in 2009 and has since joined the staff as Medical Lead. He is thrilled to join the DTC staff because he had so much fun at camp, made lifelong friendships with staff and other campers and learned so much sustainable and valuable information about managing his diabetes that he wanted to be at camp every single year.

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JJ has worked as an emergency medicine physician for over 20 years and is currently working in the emergency rooms at Chandler Regional Medical Center and Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, both in suburban Phoenix, Arizona. In addition, he is also the Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Arizona General Hospital - Mesa.

JJ’s wife Nina and children Kara and Luke are the center of his life. He loves being with his family, RV camping, traveling to his kids’ fencing tournaments, woodworking, learning to weld, cycling and short triathlons. He also makes a point to say that he loves

the DTC community because they have been life changing and have been a great support network of motivated successful people with diabetes.

Fun Fact about JJ: When he retires, he wants to raise alfalfa hay and travel in a motor home just exploring America and collecting stories

Robert Powell, PHD, CDCES, CSCS, ACSM-CEP

Robert Powell joined the DTC team in 2013. He is Associate Professor of Exercise Physiology and Director of the Diabetes Exercise Center at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. He is also Faculty Coordinator/Coach of the Marshall University Cycling Club to promote both recreational riding and collegiate racing.

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Prior to his time at Marshall, Rob worked ten years at the University of Pittsburgh Diabetes Institute (UPDI) as a manager and researcher for community-based programs involving diabetes, obesity and physical activity. During the latter part of his time there, he worked as a diabetes educator in the primary care setting. Rob received both his Master of Science and PhD in exercise physiology from the University of Pittsburgh and holds the credentials of Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES), ACSM-Clinical Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-CEP) and NSCA-Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and is a licensed USA cycling coach.

Rob’s professional ambition is to enhance the promotion of exercise as a therapeutic modality to the diabetes population and to educate both students and healthcare professionals on the role of exercise in diabetes management. Rob also provides coaching services for health/fitness and sports performance in those with and without diabetes.

Rob has a personal passion for exercise. In the warmer months, you can usually find him road cycling, mountain biking, running (mostly trail) or kayaking. When snow falls, he likes to strap on the skis and snowshoes. However, when he is not working or playing solo, he dedicates his time with his wonderful boys Preston and Evan.

Fran Damian, MS, RN NEA-B

Fran has lived north of Boston her entire life. She received her master’s degree in nursing administration from Northeastern University and has held a number of nursing leadership positions at Boston Children’s Hospital including the director role in the Emergency Department and most recently the nurse manager role in the Outpatient Multispecialty Clinic setting.

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Fran was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in her early 30s. About ten years after that, her father died from complications of T1D. In an effort to honor her father and support diabetes research, she began participating in fundraising events with the American Diabetes Association (ADA). She participated in two full- and six half-marathons to benefit diabetes research. A few years later, she developed a passion for cycling and has participated in the ADA New England Classic 150-mile, two-day bike ride for five consecutive years to support research and to financially assist families of children with T1D to attend Camp Carefree in New Hampshire.

Fran was a camper at DTC twice before joining the staff on the medical team. She has found each camp experience to enrich her life through education, access to expert resources and lasting relationships developed with campers and staff. She enjoys all kinds of exercise and learning about new ways to enhance health and wellness.