Anatomy Warehouse has Evanston in its bones – and a bit of Hollywood too

If you’ve been to see a healthcare provider in the past 15 years, you’ve very likely seen a sample from Anatomy Warehouse, a growing Evanston e-commerce company in health education.

Adam Cordell, left, and Liz Huff work at Anatomy Warehouse, a growing e-commerce company in Evanston. Cordell founded the company and Hof is the chief operating officer. attributed to him: Wendy Cromash

It was founded in 2005 by Adam Cordell and headquartered at 1630 Darrow Ave. company Sells detailed, accurate, and lifelike models of human and animal body parts and processes to colleges, universities, health-related professional schools, government agencies, clinics, healthcare settings, and private companies around the world.

Closer to home, the Biology and Health Sciences programs at Evanston Township High School have benefited from Anatomy Warehouse’s donation of gently used anatomy models.

Cordell, a native of Evanston and a proud graduate of ETHS, has 12 employees, most of whom live in Evanston. Cordell said he is particularly proud of how they have all been able to switch to working from home during the pandemic; Nobody lost their job or had their salary cut. Everyone remained healthy and continued to work.

Despite the medical nature of their work, “Nobody in the office is a doctor,” Cordell said. “But for the past 14 years, Liz probably went to medical school.”

“Liz” is Liz Huff, who joined the company in 2008 and is the COO, managing the custom order process. From 2009 to 2013, the company was processing orders from eight different locations organized into categories including Halloween costumes, seasonal supplies, school supplies, massage and medical wear as well as anatomical models.

A model of the spine with some muscular structure is shown in the Anatomy Warehouse. attributed to him: Wendy Cromash

But the ideal place for business was anatomical models, and the company gradually exited or sold other lines of business.

Doctors often contact the Anatomy Warehouse to help prepare for complex and unusual surgeries. Cordell and Huff work with suppliers who can produce unique 3D-printed models that aid in preoperative preparation, allowing the surgeon to view the surgical site from multiple perspectives and practice different approaches. Skull models are a specialty.

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