Steven D. Handler, MD, MBE

Steven D. Handler, MD, MBE, is an attending physician in the Division of Otolaryngology at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: General pediatric otolaryngology
Locations: Main Campus; Specialty Care & Surgery Center, Voorhees
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

  • Education and Training

    Medical School

    MD - University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA


    Surgery - UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
    Head and Neck Surgery - UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA

    Board Certification


    Graduate Degree

    MBE in Bioethics - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

  • Titles and Academic Titles

    Attending Physician

    Emeritus Professor CE of Otorhinolaryngology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

  • Conditions Treated
  • Departments and Services
  • Research Interests

    Medical ethics

  • Publications


    Handler SD, Myer CM. Atlas of Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders in Children. Hamilton, Ontario: Decker Electronic Publishing; 1998.

    Potsic WP, Cotton R, Handler SD. Surgical Pediatric Otolaryngology. New York, NY: Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc.; 1997.

    Potsic WP, Handler SD, Wetmore RF, Pasquariello P. Primary care pediatric otolaryngology, 2nd ed. Andover (NJ): J. Michael Ryan Publishing; 1995.

    Potsic WP, Handler SD. Primary care pediatric otolaryngology. NY: Macmillan Publishing Company; 1986.



    Toner D. Giordano T, Handler SD: Office frenotomy for neonates: Resolving dysphagia, parental satisfaction and cost-effectiveness. ORL - Head and Neck Nursing 32(2): 6-7, Spring 2014.


    Rickert SM, Handler SD: Disease of the Salivary Glands. Pediatric Otolaryngology. Principles and Practice Pathways, 2nd ed. Wetmore RF, Muntz HR, McGill TJ (eds.). Thieme Medical Publishers, New York, NY, Page: 620-629, 2012.


    Padon AA, Handler S: This Won't Hurt A Bit: Truth-telling to Children. The Penn Center Guide to Bioethics. Ravitsky, V, Fiester A, Caplan A (eds.). Springer, Page: 461-472, 2009.


    Dave SP, Handler SD: Auricular injury with deformity following delivery by cesarean section. Ear, Nose & Throat Journal 87(3): 128, March 2008.


    Wolfe SG, Handler SD: Infectious and Inflammatory Disorders of the Upper Airway. Pediatric Otolaryngology: The Requisites in Pediatrics. Wetmore RF (eds.). Mosby Elsevier, Philadelphia, PA, Page: 151-162, 2007.


    Kazahaya K, Handler SD.: Otolaryngology Trauma. Textbook of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, 5th Edition. Fleisher GR, Ludwig S, Henretig FM (eds.). Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA Page: 1497-1505, 2006.


    Eisen M, Handler SD: Otolaryngology. The Philadelphia Guide: Inpatient Pediatrics. Frank G, Shah SS, Catallozzi MC, Zaoutis LB (eds.). Blackwell Publishing, Malden, MA, Page: 331-337, 2005.


    Tom LWC, Potsic WP, Handler SD.: Methods of Examination. Pediatric Otolaryngology, 4th Edition. Bluestone CD, Stool SE, Alper CM, Arjmand EM, Casselbrant ML, Dohar JE, Yellon RF (eds.). Saunders (Elsevier Science), Philadelphia, PA, Page: 1109-1119, 2003.


    Potsic, WP, Handler SD. Otolaryngologic emergencies. In: Fleisher G, Ludwig S, editors. Synopsis of pediatric emergency medicine, 4th ed. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins; 2002. p. 574-82.

    Handler SD, Potsic WP. Otolaryngology trauma.  In: Fleisher G, Ludwig S, editors. Synopsis of pediatric emergency medicine, 4th ed. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins; 2002. p. 517-20.

  • Awards and Honors

    2013, Best Doctors for Children in the Philadelphia area, Suburban Life
    2013, 2006, Best Doctors, South Jersey Magazine
    2012, 2009, 2005, Top Children's Physicians of South Jersey, South Jersey Magazine
    2011, Top Physicians of South Jersey, South Jersey Magazine
    2010 & 2011, Best Children's Physicians, South Jersey Magazine
    2007-2010, Top Docs for Kids, South Jersey Magazine
    2003, Delaware Valley Consumers Checkbook, Outstanding Physicians
    2002, Who's Who in America, 57th edition
    2002, Top Doctors List, Center for the Study of Services
    2001, Herbert S. Birkett Memorial Lecturer. Montreal Medico-Chirurgial Society, Section of Otolaryngology
    1987, 1992, 1999, 2001, Top Doctors, Philadelphia Magazine
    1993-95; 1996-97; 1990-2000; 2001-02; 2003-04; 2005-06; 2007-2008; 2011-2012, The Best Doctors in America
    1985, American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Honor Award

  • Editorial and Academic Positions

    Editorial Positions

    Acta Otolaryngologica, International Board of Referees


    American Journal of Rhinology
    Annals of Internal Medicine
    Annals Otology, Rhinology, Laryngology
    Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine
    Clinical Pediatrics
    Journal for Oto-Rhino-laryngology
    Int'l Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
    Medical and Pediatric Oncology: An International Journal
    Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
    Pediatric Emergency Care
    Physicians' Information and Education Resource

    Academic and institutional committees

    1998-present, Admissions Interview Panel

  • Leaderships

    Memberships in professional organizations


    1985-present, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
    1985-present, American College of Surgeons
    1985-present, American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society
    1985-present, American Medical Association
    1985-present, American Rhinological Society
    1985-present, American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology
    1981-present, Society of Ear, Nose and Throat Advances in Children
    1981-present, American Academy of Pediatrics
    1981-present, American Broncho-Esophagological Association