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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.

Practice Locations

The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine
5758 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Year Started Practice


Board Certifications

Internal Medicine
Medical Oncology

Medical School

State University of New York Buffalo

Internship and Residency

University of California at Los Angeles Medical Center


Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York


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

Language Spoken


Office Phone

(773) 702-0360

Office Fax

(773) 702-3163

Office Postal Address

Hedy Lee Kindler, MD
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 2115
Chicago, IL 60637

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Clinical Interests

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More About Dr. Kindler

View a short video about the Center for Gastrointestinal Oncology--featuring Dr. Kindler.

Golf pro Tim Nelson is back to coaching after treatment for mesothelioma. Dr. Kindler was part of a multidisciplinary team that cared for Nelson.

Diana Sokol-Roth turned to the medical center for treatment for pancreatic cancer. She met with Dr. Kindler who answered every question she had, and after that meeting, Diana knew she had “found somebody that was going to get us through the next chapter.”

Pamela Duda looked to Dr. Kindler and other University of Chicago Medicine cancer experts to provide the latest treatment options for her pancreatic cancer, and to keep her informed throughout the treatment process.

Selected Publications

View a partial list of Dr. Kindler's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.