Steven D. Handler, MD, MBE

Steven D. Handler, MD, MBE

Steven D. Handler, MD, MBE, is an attending physician in the Division of Otolaryngology (ENT) 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



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.

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