Dr. Hilary Tindle is an Internal Medicine physician, clinical investigator, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Educated at the University of Chicago for undergraduate, medical school and residency, she practiced general Internal Medicine as a primary care physician for 3 years in the Pacific Northwest, holding faculty positions at the Oregon Health Sciences University and the University of Washington. She credits her most vexing patient-care challenges with motivating her to ask such core questions as “Why do some people persist in harmful behaviors, while others are able to break out and move on?” Desiring to tackle the colossal problem of how to help people choose and maintain healthy behaviors, she began a rigorous, 3-year formal research training program funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and based at Harvard Medical School, and completed a master of public health at the Harvard School of Public Health. Following clinical research training, she was invited to join the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh, and completed a 5-year NIH career development award to continue her work on attitudes and health behaviors. She has since transitioned to several larger research grants to study population-based methods for smoking cessation and healthy behavior change.
Dr. Tindle’s research has been continuously funded by the NIH and since 2002, she has been awarded several additional foundation grants. Throughout her training she has received numerous awards, beginning in medical school at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine with the William Carlos Williams National Poetry Competition. During residency training at the University of Chicago hospitals in Internal Medicine, she received the annual Outstanding Intern Teaching Award and the Outstanding Resident Teaching Award back-to-back. In 2008, her presentation on Optimism, Hostility, and Mortality was selected for the Data Blitz (most highly-influential research presentations) at the American Psychosomatic Society. More recently, she was awarded the 2010 Society for General Internal Medicine Best Oral Presentation in Women’s Health.
Since her research career began she has published numerous scientific articles on mind body medicine, psychological attitudes, smoking, and heart disease. With colleagues at the MD Anderson Cancer Center she co-developed a new approach, called Mindfulness Based Addiction Therapy, aimed at helping people overcome addiction to cigarettes and other substances. In addition to her clinical practice Dr. Tindle teaches medical students, residents, and post-doctoral fellows, and has delivered several hospital Grand Rounds in the Department of Medicine. In addition, she co-teaches the Principles of Epidemiology class at the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. Yet she describes some of her most rewarding speaking experiences as those which have been in front of lay audiences, and through interviews with members of the press. These audiences invariably leap to the practical implications of the research: “How can I take this information and apply it to live a better life?”
As a clinical investigator, Dr. Tindle regularly presents her work at national and international meetings, including those of the American Heart Association, the Society for General Internal Medicine, the American Psychosomatic Society, and the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. Press releases from these scientific meetings have resulted in wide media interest in her work on outlook and health, resulting in numerous interviews with TV, radio, newspaper (Parade Magazine, the New York Times), and web-based journalists from the BBC, the LA Times and Chicago Tribune, and WebMD, among others.