Laura Hinkle received her MD from the Indiana University School of Medicine, where she also completed her residency and chief residency in internal medicine. She stayed at Indiana University for her pulmonary and critical care medicine fellowship, serving as chief fellow during her final year of training before accepting a faculty position on completion of her fellowship. She has been actively involved in medical education at both the graduate and undergraduate levels since her time as chief resident and has held several institutional leadership roles in this area. She is currently the Program Director for the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship and the Key Clinical Educator for Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine in the Department of Medicine. She is actively engaged in medical education research and curriculum development and has won awards in these areas. She is an active member of the American Thoracic Society and holds education focused leadership positions in this organization.
Clinically, Dr. Hinkle has a special interest in sarcoidosis and interstitial lung disease. She quickly recognized the need for a more comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to care of these patients and founded a sarcoidosis clinic at IU Health, which is the only World Association of Sarcoidosis and Other Granulomatous Diseases clinic in the state of Indiana.