Cordes excited to serve his hometown clinic

Dr. Jeremy Cordes (pictured), a Parkersburg native and recent graduate of the Des Moines University medical school, will begin seeing patients at the Unitypoint Clinic in town on August 19. (Robert Maharry/Eclipse News-Review photo)

Seventeen years ago, Jeremy Cordes graduated from Aplington-Parkersburg High School and set out to become a pharmacist. A change of heart convinced him to shift gears and study family medicine at Des Moines University, and this summer, he’s returning to his old stomping grounds as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) at the Unitypoint Clinic in town.

“I knew I wanted to go back to a rural community,” Cordes said. “I kind of went back to medical school with the idea that I wanted to do family practice… I’d kind of talked (that) if the opportunity ever presented itself, I’d love to come back here, and it kind of worked out that way.”

For Cordes and his wife, it just made sense: he grew up in Parkersburg, and she’s from Cedar Falls. He’s known Dr. William Durbin for years and is now relishing the chance to work with him. And as a product of a small town, Cordes is passionate about ensuring that rural America survives and thrives.

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