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Photo: Michael J. Corcoran, M.D.
Verified Patient Rating: 5
(14 patient reviews and ratings)
Ankle, Elbow, Foot, Joint Replacement, Knee, Shoulder, Sports Medicine

Dr. Corcoran grew up on Chicago’s south side and brought his passion for orthopedics and sports medicine to OAK Orthopedics in 1997 after completing his sports medicine fellowship at the world-renowned American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Alabama. Prior to his fellowship, Dr. Corcoran graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, completed his general surgery internship at Michigan State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Missouri School of Medicine.

Dr. Corcoran developed the OAK Sports Medicine Division, which brings physicians and athletic training services to numerous high schools and colleges in the south suburbs. He is a consulting orthopedic surgeon for the Chicago Bears and coordinates their medical services for the annual training camp held in Bourbonnais each summer. He also participates in pre-participation physicals for the NFL combine in Indianapolis. Dr. Corcoran is the founder and medical director of the Athletic Training Program at Olivet Nazarene University and OAK Athletic Development. He has served as a team physician at the USA Olympic Training Center and for the US Soccer Team. He is a noted lecturer and presenter in the orthopedic and athletic training communities and is tireless in bringing world-class care to athletes of all ages. In his free time, Dr. Corcoran enjoys golf, flying, and snow and water sports.

Dr. Corcoran has been named as one of the “65 Outstanding Shoulder Surgeons and Specialists” in the August, 2011, edition of Becker’s Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Management, a national publication for healthcare.

Healthgrades ranks Dr. Corcoran as a “Five Star Doctor,” its highest ranking.

Education & Training

  • Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences: Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
  • Master of Science in Physiology: Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
  • Doctor of Medicine: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL
  • General Surgery Residency: Michigan State University, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Orthopedic Surgery Residency: University of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia, MO
  • Sports Medicine Fellowship: American Sports Medicine Institute, Birmingham, AL


  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Subspecialty Certificate in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Associations

  • NFL Physicians Society
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • Illinois Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Irish-American Orthopaedic Society
  • American Sports Medicine Fellowship Society
  • American Medical Association
  • Illinois State Medical Society
  • Kankakee County Medical Society

Team Affiliations

  • Chicago Bears
  • Olivet Nazarene University
  • Kankakee Community College
  • Bishop McNamara Catholic High School
  • U.S. Soccer
  • US Olympic Training Center

Hospital Affiliations

  • Oak Surgical Institute 
  • Riverside Medical Center
  • Presence St. Mary’s Hospital

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“My daughter, Emma, tore her ACL in November playing basketball. We are somewhat new to the area and everyone we talked too said we had to see Dr. Corcoran. They were were right - Dr. Corcoran is the best. He was gentle and sincere while talking to us before, during and in follow up visits. At the same time, didn't sugar coat anything. I appreciated the straight forward way Dr. Corcoran addressed Emma's recovery. I could tell he cared about my daughter and didn't want her to rush back and risk re-injury. Unfortunately, we had friends from Ohio who's daughter experienced the same thing, but was released to play competitive sports right at 6 months. After releasing Emma to start pivoting at 6 months, Dr. Corcoran recommended that we see Jeff and Oak Athletic Development to continue working on building strength, both physically and (maybe even more importantly after an injury like this), mentally. They have also been great in helping my daughter get back to where she wants to be. Of course, we would've liked to have never had to meet Dr. Corcoran, but in light of the uncontrollable circumstances, we couldn't be happier with how things have worked out so far. We are so appreciative of his expertise and care during this time.”
– Mark R.