Steven D. Handler, MD, MBE, FACS, FAAP

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Steven D. Handler, MD, MBE, FACS, FAAP, is an attending physician in the Division of Otolaryngology (ENT) at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: General pediatric otolaryngology
Locations: Main Hospital

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

Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery – American Board of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

Graduate Degree

MBE in Bioethics - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Physician

Emeritus Professor, Department of Otorhinolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Conditions Treated

Departments and Services

Research Interests

Medical ethics




Le Coz C, Oldridge DA, Herati RS, De Luna N, Garifallou J, Cruz Cabrera E, Belman JP, Pueschl D, Silva LV, Knox AVC, Reid W, Yoon S, Zur KB, Handler SD, Hakonarson H, Wherry EJ, Gonzalez M, Romberg N: Human T follicular helper clones seed the germinal center-resident regulatory pool. Science Immunology 8(82): eade8162, Apr 14 2023. Notes: doi: 10.1126/sciimmunol.ade8162. Epub 2023 Apr 7.


Potsic WP, Cotton RT, Handler SD, Zur KB. Surgical Pediatric Otolaryngology, 2nd ed. Thieme Medical Publishers; New York, NY,  2016.

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.


Posters and Presentations


Patel N, Howells H, Handler SD, Kamerling SN, Gumbel MJ, Lawler L. "Rapidly Implementing a Discharge Medication Delivery to Bedside (Meds-to-Beds) Program to Promote Social Distancing Guidelines in the Time of COVID-19" CHOP Quality & Safety Day 2020 (N. Patel presented 11/2/20).


"22q and Ear, Nose and Throat: What You Need to Discuss With Your Doctor" Oral presentation at the 11th Biennial International 22q11.2 Conference, Whistler, BC, CANADA (7/14/18, via abstract)  

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

Leadership and Memberships

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