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Dr. Hedy Lee Kindler is one of the leading mesothelioma specialists in the United States and is extensively involved in developing new treatments via clinical trials.

Contact Information

University of Chicago Medicine
5758 S. Maryland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637

Dr. Hedy Lee Kindler

Phone: (773) 702-0360

About Dr. Hedy Lee Kindler

Dr. Hedy Lee Kindler is well-known nationally and internationally as a top mesothelioma specialist. One of her main interests as a specialized physician is the development of new treatments through clinical trials.

As the director of the University of Chicago Medical Center’s Mesothelioma Program, she manages most of the clinical trials herself, and even has a hand in designing a few of them. Among the clinical trials she is currently running is a study testing the effectiveness of the immunotherapy drug erlotnib hydrochloride as a treatment for patients with peritoneal mesothelioma.

Dr. Kindler also has a personal stake in the study and treatment of mesothelioma. She became involved in mesothelioma research when her father passed away from the disease in 2001.

Her own research involves the development and testing of emerging mesothelioma treatment options, such as novel chemotherapy drugs, angiogenesis inhibitors and growth factor inhibitors.

“Clinical trials now demonstrate that active chemotherapy agents improve symptoms and survival.” – Dr. Hedy Lee Kindler

Dr. Kindler is on the Science Advisory Board of the Meso Foundation, a nonprofit group dedicated to funding mesothelioma research. Extensively involved in worldwide mesothelioma conferences, she has been asked to speak at hundreds of national and international meetings held by the medical community.

If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, our Patient Help Team can assist you in finding a specialist like Dr. Kindler. Speak with a member of our team today and get more information about mesothelioma treatment, specialists and more.


Medical Degree
State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo, 1989

UCLA Medical Center, 1989 – 1991


  • Member of the American Association for Cancer Research
  • President of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group from 2006 – 2010
  • Member of Science Advisory Board of the Mesothelioma Foundation
  • Awarded the Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
  • Associate editor of the medical journal, Lung Cancer

Research Interests

  • New chemotherapy drugs, and the improvement of existing drugs, like pemetrexed and gemcitabine
  • Angiogenesis and growth factor receptor inhibitors
  • New chemotherapy drugs, and the improvement of existing drugs, like pemetrexed and gemcitabine
  • Angiogenesis and growth factor receptor inhibitors

Finding the Right Doctor

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you can get the best treatment — and extend your life expectancy — by connecting to an experienced specialist like Dr. Hedy Lee Kindler. Even if you’ve already been diagnosed, getting a second opinion from a doctor who’s diagnosed and treated mesothelioma may open up more treatment options for you, giving you a chance to improve your prognosis.

Reach out to a member of our Patient Help Team today for assistance with finding an experienced doctor, top treatment center, or even financial aid that can pay for treatment. You can also order a free copy of our informational guide for more information about your mesothelioma, treatment options, and how to receive the right care for your prognosis.