Hilary Tindle, MD, MPH

William Anderson Spickard Jr., M.D. Chair in Medicine
Associate Professor of Medicine
General Internal Medicine and Public Health


Dr. Hilary A. Tindle is a physician scientist, Associate Professor of Medicine, Founding Director of the ViTAL Center for Vanderbilt Tobacco, Addiction and Lifestyle, and has been endowed with the William Anderson Spickard Jr., M.D., Chair in Medicine.  As a nationally-recognized expert in smoking cessation, Dr. Tindle has served as the PI of two NIH-sponsored comparative effectiveness RCTs for smoking cessation and as the site PI for a 3rd NIH-sponsored multi-center RCT. In the past 3 years she has presided over the successful recruitment and retention of over 1200 research participants. Dr. Tindle is working with programs at Vanderbilt, such as BioVU and the PCORI-sponsored Clinical Data Research Network, that facilitate her vision of applying a patient-centered approach to tobacco control for large populations. Her new clinical program, the Tobacco Treatment Service, will leverage the strengths of the EHR and the Tennessee state quitline through an “eReferral” program to further clinical, educational, and research efforts. These efforts mirror and extend the large scale treatment and eReferral initiatives that Dr. Tindle founded and continues to foster in Pennsylvania with UPMC and the PA state quitline. She is also working with Vanderbilt investigators to launch a CMS-sponsored coordinated care approach to tobacco control in 2015.