Laura B. Vater, MD, MPH is a Hematology/Oncology Fellow at Indiana University School of Medicine.


Influenced by her mom, an Internal Medicine physician, and dad, a safety engineer and community leader, she developed an early interest in medicine and care for humanity. Throughout her medical training, Laura has remained interested in preventive health, the vital role of communication and humanism in medicine, and promotion of clinician health. 


In 2017, she developed a tool to help patients and clinicians simplify and prioritize health (the SMILE Scale). This tool is being used in schools and clinics in the U.S. and England.

Laura earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Notre Dame, then spent a year teaching at Louveture Cleary School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She completed a Master of Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, and a Doctor of Medicine from Indiana University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at Indiana University. 


She was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society in 2018 and is a member of the Indiana University School of Medicine Honor Roll. She was awarded the Walter J. Daly award for Outstanding Resident in 2020. 


Laura enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with her husband, daughter, and dog. 

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