Dr. Susan Cordes, MD

Dr. Susan Cordes, MD

Ear, Nose, and Throat  ·  
Female  ·  
50 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Susan Cordes, MD is an otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat) specialist in Ukiah, CA and has been practicing for 20 years. She specializes in ear, nose, and throat and laryngology.Read her story

Adventist Health Ukiah Valley Medical Office Otolaryngology - ENT

1165 S Dora St Ste C2

Ukiah, CA 95482
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Health Net
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan
  • Partnership HealthPlan of California
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Cordes performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

Larynx Conditions
very high
more than 99% of peers
Earwax Buildup
very high
more than 99% of peers
Ear Ache
very high
more than 98% of peers

Dr. Cordes's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

Dr. Cordes' bio

This content was provided by Dr. Cordes "Dr. Cordes is originally from northwest Indiana. She attended DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana followed by Indiana University School of Medicine for her MD degree. She completed her Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) residency at Indiana University. After two years in private practice, she was a member of the Indiana University ENT faculty for 14 years before relocating to northern California. She was Director of the ENT residency at Indiana University. Dr. Cordes is highly involved in the American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) and has held numerous leadership roles within the academy. She has received an Honor Award and a Distinguished Service Award from the AAO-HNS. She is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Cordes is well known for her humanitarian work in Kenya and has spoken nationally and internationally about humanitarian ENT. She is a recipient of the Arnold P. Gold Award for humanism in medicine and is a fellow of the prestigious Triological Society. She has numerous scientific and non-scientific publications. "


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Cordes "The human body is extremely complex, and I believe that an important part of my job is to educate people about their health problem and the care that is recommended.  The better people understand their personal situation, the better they can make appropriate and safe decisions regarding their healthcare.  I take the time to carefully explain the problem and various treatment options, including weighing the risks and benefits of each option, before working with an individual to make an informed decision. "

2  Specialties

  • Ear, Nose, and Throat
  • Laryngology

1  Board Certifications

  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Otolaryngology*

93  Conditions Treated


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43  Procedures

  • Ablation or Excision of Nasal Turbinates
  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Adenoidectomy
  • Antrostomy and Antrotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Balloon Sinuplasty
  • Biopsy
  • Cervical Lymph Node Dissection
  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
  • Diagnostic Nasal and-or Sinus Endoscopy
  • Ear Surgery
  • Ear Tube Placement
  • ENT Surgery
  • Ethmoidectomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Excision of Facial Bone
  • Excision of Parotid, Sublingual, or Submandibular Gland
  • Excision or Destruction of Dentoalveolar Lesion or Tumor
  • Excision or Destruction of Palate or Uvula Lesion
  • Excision or Destruction of Pharynx Lesion
  • Excision or Destruction of Tongue Lesion
  • Excisional Biopsy
  • Frenectomy
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Intranasal or Sinus Procedure
  • Laryngoscopy - Laryngotomy - Laryngectomy - Pharyngolaryngectomy - Pharyngectomy
  • Laryngoscopy and Laryngotomy
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Nasal Septum Surgery (Septoplasty)
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Perforated Eardrum Repair (Tympanoplasty)
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Skin Biopsy
  • Soft Tissue Mass Biopsy
  • Sphenoidotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Surgical Biopsy
  • Temporal Artery Biopsy
  • Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Thyroidectomy or Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Vestibule and Floor of Mouth, Excision or Destruction
  • Wound Repair


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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Depauw University, Greencastle, In-Ba Biology
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1989
  • Indiana University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1993
  • Spectrum Health-Butterworth Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1995
  • Indiana University Medical Center/ Riley Children's Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1998

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, 2017
  • Top Doctor, Indianapolis Monthly Magazine, 2012
  • Volunteer Professor of Surgery- Indiana University School of Medicine, 2017
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, 1992
  • Distinguished Service Award, 2015
  • Arnold P. Gold Award for Humanism in Medicine, 2015
  • Honor Award, American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, 2009
Media & Publications
  • Cryptococcal Meningitis with Isolated Otologic Symptoms,, 2010
  • Responding to Changes in Healthcare-BOG Annual Meeting Events, August 2012
  • A Few of My Favorite Things, November 20
  • Women In Otolaryngology Section Poised For Another Outstanding Year, November 20
  • After All, We Are All Humanitarians, January 201
  • JSAC: No Excuses, Just a Great Meeting, February 20
  • AMPATH Kenya Surgical Mission, July 2014
  • Find Your Voice, March 2014
  • "What is a Humanitarian"?, March 2010
  • One Humanitarian Mission, Two Perspectives, July 2015
  • The Rewards-and Dilemmas-of Surgical Missions, June 2015
  • Multiple Phosphaturic Mesenchymal Tumors Associated with Oncogenic Osteomalacia: Case Report and Review of the Literature,, 2010
  • Mission to Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya,, May 2009
  • Advocacy: Individual or Team Sport?, April 2015
  • The Power of Communication, March 2017
  • Step Up To The Plate: Be An All-Star Advocate, July 2016
  • Thyroid Surgery in Eldoret, Kenya, September 2
  • Research, Competencies, and the Art of Medicine, July 2011
  • "Triple Take: What Causes Laryngitis and How Can I Treat It"?, October 201
  • The Latest and Greatest: The Commitment to Keeping Current, August 2015
  • Comparison of Post-Tonsillectomy Pain Using the Ultrasonic Scalpel, Coblator, and Electrocautery,, 2006
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma of the Forehead with Extensive Intracranial Involvement,, 2007
  • Extramedullary Plasmacytoma of the Subglottis,, 2009
  • Papillary Carcinoma Arising in Median Ectopic Thyroid Tissue: Management of the Thyroid Gland,, 2010

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Member
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Board of Governors, Member
  • American College of Surgeons, Member
  • Society of University Otolaryngologists, Member
  • The Triological Society, Fellow
  • Volunteer Indiana University School of Medicine, Professor, Department of Surgery

Dr. Cordes' Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Cordes to family and friends
6 total reviews (3 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (6)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Cordes' Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    Under 10 minutes

Patient Comments (3)

She is a real and quick about it I was nervous .But super excited about how it all went . Thank you very much .I totally recommended her to anyone.well my friends and family .
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I felt very confident under the care of Dr. Cordes. She explains things very thoroughly relating to my condition and possible procedures. Dr. Cordes staff is extremely friendly and helpful.
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Seriously she's the best. In. Out. Done. So easy. She won't send you for a loop. I've already recommended her to my best friend who's been having a hard time dealing with trying to find someone who will remove her tonsils for her. Cordes is well spoken, highly educated in her field. Getting your...more
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