McFarland Clinic

Jill Alexander, MD


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1215 Duff Avenue Office

1215 Duff Ave
Ames, IA 50010

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Dr. Jill Alexander was born and raised in Ames. She grew up running the halls of McFarland Clinic as both her father and grandfather practiced here. She always knew she wanted to follow in their footsteps. She attended Cornell College where she graduated Summa Cum Laude, then earned her M.D from the University of Iowa College of Medicine. She was awarded the Outstanding Performance in Pediatrics Award for her medical school class.

Dr. Alexander then moved to Houston, Texas and completed her pediatric residency at Baylor College of Medicine. She served as a Neonatology Chief Resident her senior year. She earned the Houston Pediatric Society’s Outstanding Pediatric Resident Award in 2001.

She practiced in Iowa City for two years while her husband was completing his fellowship in Nephrology, and they moved back to Ames in 2003. Dr. Alexander is thrilled to care for children in the community she knows and loves. She considers it a privilege to be a part of the lives of the families she serves. From well care, to acute ill visits, babies to teenagers, she enjoys all aspects of Pediatrics.

Dr. Alexander is passionate about Childhood Literacy. She is the Medical Director for the Reach Out and Read Program and encourages parents to read to their children every day. It is the single best predictor for school success! She has also worked hard to combat childhood obesity. She helped McFarland Clinic earn a Site of Distinction with the Healthiest State Awards in both 2018 and 2019. She served on the Mary Greeley Foundation Board from 2012-2019. Dr. Alexander earned McFarland Clinic’s Trusted Choice Community Service Award in 2018, and was named Best of Story County - Pediatrician in 2021.

Dr. Alexander and her husband both practice at McFarland Clinic. They have raised three sons in Ames and look forward to spending the rest of their careers here.

Joined McFarland Clinic

August 2003

Education & Professional Certification


American Board of Pediatrics


Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, IA

  • BA, 1990-1994

University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

  • MD, 1994-1998


Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

  • Pediatrics, 1998-1999


Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

  • Pediatrics, 1999-2001

Professional Societies

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Iowa Medical Society
  • Story County Medical Society

Professional & Personal Interests

Leadership Roles

  • Member, McFarland Clinic Patient Experience Committee

Community Involvement

  • Raising Readers in Story County, Reach Out and Read Program
  • McFarland Clinic Community Service Award, 2018


Trusted Choice Community Service Award

Dr. Jill Alexander was the 2018 recipient of McFarland Clinic's Trusted Choice Community Service Award.

Trusted Choice Honors

Why Reading to Children is Vital

Dr. Jill Alexander was interviewed by the Oprah Winfrey Network's The Hero Effect about why reading to children is vital.

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United Way Reach Out and Read Program

Dr. Jill Alexander discusses how the Reach Out and Read Program and McFarland Ames Pediatrics promote literacy among children.

The Wall Family - 3 Generations of Doctors

Dr. Jill Alexander is a third generation physician at McFarland Clinic. Her grandfather was one of our founding physicians.

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