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Hedy Lee Kindler MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Medical Director of Gastrointestinal Oncology, and Director of the Mesothelioma Program at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Dr. Hedy Lee Kindler has received international recognition as an expert in the treatment of both gastrointestinal cancers and mesothelioma, a rare asbestos-caused cancer.

Kindler earned her medical degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo and completed her internship and residency at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center. In addition, Kindler completed a fellowship at the renowned Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, a leader in cancer care and spent time as a physician at Roswell Park Cancer Center in Buffalo, NY. She is board certified in both internal medicine and medical oncology.

Kindler lists her clinical interests as pancreatic, colon, and rectal cancer; gastrointestinal stromal tumors; and malignant mesothelioma. As an investigator, she searches for new and novel treatments for various kinds of cancer, including – in particular – drugs that slow the growth of blood vessels to pancreatic tumors and various kinds of therapies that address rare mesothelioma, a cancer that has been historically difficult to treat.

Dr. Kindler has also actively participated in a number of cancer research groups, including the Cancer and Leukemia Group B, a national cooperative cancer group for which she serves as the chair of the mesothelioma subcommittee. Kindler is also a member of the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, the International Mesothelioma Interest Group, and the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.

As an author, Kindler has published more than 50 articles in a number of prestigious professional journals including the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Cancer, the Journal of Thoracic Oncology, and the Annals of Oncology. She has also functioned as a reviewer for several of these publications. In addition, Dr. Kindler has authored and co-authored several book chapters and is a member of the editorial board of BioOncology Watch.

Dr. Kindler’s name has appeared on a number of lists of Top Doctors, including Castle Connolly Medical Ltd, "America's Top Doctors for Cancer" (2005) and “Who’s Who in Medical Sciences Education” (2005). She was also the recipient of the Mimi Ashton/ALCASE Award for Outstanding Patient Care for her work with patients suffering from a variety of gastrointestinal and thoracic cancers.

As a speaker, Kindler has participated in a number of scientific meetings, workshops, conferences, and symposiums throughout the United States, often presenting programs related to her work with mesothelioma research, an area for which she developed a keen interest when she lost her father to the disease in 2001.

Last modified: December 24, 2010.