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Faculty and Staff

Residents in the Mercy Family Medicine Residency Program learn medicine from highly dedicated and respected physicians. Every faculty member understands the importance of residency and is dedicated to preparing residents for a successful career in family practice medicine. All faculty members are board-certified in their fields.

Charles Korte, M.D.
Dr. KorteBefore embarking on his medical career, Dr. Korte was a distinguished student at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine in 1980, Dr. Korte completed his family practice residency at the U.S. Air Force Medical Center, School Air Force Base in Illinois. He is board-certified by the American Board of Family Practice and has attained a certificate of added qualification in geriatrics. Dr. Korte has been the program director since 1998. Dr. Korte has extensive experience teaching health care providers from many disciplines. He was chief of the family practice department at Mather Air Force Base in California from 1985-1986. Throughout his career, Dr. Korte has maintained an active practice in all areas of family medicine. His interests are currently focused in geriatrics. Dr. Korte and his wife Chris live in the Des Moines area and have two grown children.


Eden Murad, D.O.
Dr. MuradDr. Murad brings a broad range of clinical experience to the faculty of the Mercy Family Medicine Residency Program. He is a physician with Mercy Clinics with interests in Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Emergency medicine as well as special procedures. Dr. Murad is a Diplomat of the American Board of Family Practitioners and has been recognized by local and national professional organizations for his clinical skill as well as research. Dr. Murad is a California native with a degree from the University of California- Irvine and a Doctor of Osteopathy degree from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines. He completed a residency as a member of the University of Iowa–Family Practice Residency program at St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital in Mason City, Iowa. Dr. Murad and his wife live in the Des Moines area with their three sons.



Dean Moews, M.D.
Dr. MoewsThe residency program welcomed Dr. Moews to the full-time faculty in January, 2008, having come from private practice in Estherville, IA. He graduated from the University of Iowa College of Medicine in 1993, then completed his family medicine residency at St. Vincent Family Practice Residency in Indianapolis in 1996. Dr. Moews’ areas of expertise include obstetric procedures and pediatrics.





Christopher White, M.D.
Dr. WhiteIowa has become home for this Baltimore, Maryland native. A graduate of Loyola Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University, Dr. White completed his family practice residency at Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines. He then went into private practice in Norwalk, Iowa and later joined the Mercy Clinics system. Dr. White also shares his medical expertise as flight surgeon for the Iowa Army National Guard, is medical director for the Norwalk Volunteer Fire Department Medics and is medical examiner for Warren County. He and his wife have three daughters.




Chandramohan P. "C.P." Batra, M.D.
Dr. BatraDr. Batra joined the Mercy Family Medicine Residency faculty after serving as the associate director and director of Women and Children's Services in the East Kentucky Family Practice residency. Dr. Batra completed a pediatrics residency at SUNY-Brooklyn (King County Hospital) in New York. A native of India, Dr. Batra was an assistant professor (OB/GYN), at the MS University of Baroda, in Gujarat, India, and the director of the Primary Health Care Center (USAID Project) in Vagra, Bharuch, Gujarat, India. He completed his OB/GYN residency at SSG Hospital, MSU of Baroda, in Gujarat, India. Dr. Batra brings to the Mercy Family Medicine Residency program a wealth of experience and research in obstetrics and gynecology as well as family medicine. His primary interests include women's health issues. Dr. Batra and his wife live in the Des Moines area with their two children.


Kyla Carney, D.O.

Dr. CarneyA 2006 graduate of the residency program, Dr. Carney joined the full-time faculty in July 2013. She was an associate professor in the Family Medicine Department at Des Moines University since graduating residency, including practicing at DMU Clinic. She completed her medical training at Des Moines University, with undergraduate training at Fort Hays State University in Kansas. Dr. Carney lives in the Des Moines area with her husband and five children.






Maureen Tacke, D.O.
Dr. TackeThe residency program welcomed Dr. Tacke to the full-time faculty in June 2012, having come from private practice at the Mercy Indianola Clinic. Before graduating from medical school at Des Moines University in 2008, she attended Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. She graduated from the Mercy Family Medicine Residency Program in 2011. Dr. Tacke has special areas of interest in women’s health and pediatrics.







Denise Nichols, PharmD
Denise NicholsDenise is originally from Chicago, Illinois. She brings a wide range of pharmacy experience having worked as a retail, homecare, hospital and mental health pharmacist. She graduated from Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and continues to be active with the pharmacy program serving as a preceptor in Drake's Experiential Program and Adjunct Assistant Professor. Denise also is adjunct faculty at the Mercy College of Health Sciences. Denise and her husband Cortez live in Des Moines and have three children.




Connie Mitchell, LBSW
Connie MitchellConnie has always lived in the Des Moines area. A graduate of Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, she majored in Social Work and Psychology. Connie has a long history working in the medical field both in the hospital setting and in Public/Community Health. She is active in the community and participates in several committees specifically within the Maternal/Child Health and Mental Heath Services areas. Connie has also participated in research and grant writing in the Maternal/Child Health and Chemical Dependency areas. She lives in Des Moines with her three children.



Lauri Allen, Residency Coordinator
Lauri Allen

Lauri Allen is a native of Des Moines and has been with Mercy Medical Center since 1982.  She joined the residency program at its inception in 1996 as program secretary, which evolved into her current position as residency coordinator.

Lauri is a notary public and is a member of the Association of Family Medicine Administration, as well as the International Association of Administrative Professionals.

Lauri and her husband live in Des Moines with their daughter.


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