Hedy Lee Kindler, MD

UChicago Faculty Physicians

Hedy Lee Kindler, MD

Professor of Medicine Medical Director, Gastrointestinal Oncology
Director, Mesothelioma Program

Hedy Lee Kindler, MD, is an internationally recognized cancer expert who specializes in the medical treatment of pancreatic cancer, gastrointestinal stromal tumors and malignant mesothelioma (a type of lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure). Her research focuses on the investigation of novel agents for the treatment of these cancers, and she designs and leads many innovative clinical trials for patients with these diseases.

Dr. Kindler is an associate editor of Lung Cancer and has published numerous journal articles, review articles, book chapters, and abstracts. A popular speaker, she has been invited to lecture at hundreds of scientific meetings around the world.

Dr. Kindler is the immediate past-president of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group. She is an active member of several committees and boards, including the Science Advisory Board of the Mesothelioma Foundation, the NCI Pancreatic Cancer Task Force and the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology.

Repeatedly listed in Best Doctors in America, America’s Top Doctors for Cancer, and Top Doctors in Chicago. Dr. Kindler was recently awarded the Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization.

Board Certifications

  • Medical Oncology

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
  • Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
  • Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • International Mesothelioma Interest Group

Practicing Since

  • 1995

Languages Spoken

  • English

Medical Education

  • State University of New York College of Medicine


  • University of California Los Angeles Health; Montefiore Medical Center


  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

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