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Steven D. Handler, MD, MBE

Emeritus Professor CE of Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery
Hospital Staff Level 1 Attending, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Department of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology
Member, Committee on Admissions, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Department: Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery

Contact information
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Division of Otolaryngology
34th St. & Civic Center Boulevard
1 Wood Center
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-590-3440
Fax: 215-590-3986
BS (Psychology)
Yale College, 1968.
UCLA School of Medicine, 1972.
MBE (Bioethics)
University of Pennsylvania, 2004.
Post-Graduate Training
Technician, Clinical Laboratory , UCLA Hospital, Los Angeles, California , 1972-1974.
Research Assistant, Department of Anatomy , UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA, 1972-1973.
Resident, Department of Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA, 1972-1974.
Resident, Division of Head and Neck Surgery , UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA, 1974-1977.
American Board of Otolaryngology, 1977.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

Teaching pediatric otolaryngology to pediatrics residents:
Each of the CHOP PGY 1 residents spends a morning session with me, while I am seeing 30-40 outpatients, learning important points regarding the pediatric ear examination and management of ear diseases.

Medical Ethics: I teach medical ethics and professionalism to Penn Medical students in their Doctoring courses, and in yearly Human Research and Clincal Ethics courses. I also conduct a year long ethics curricula for our Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellows.

Electronic Health Record:
I am fully committed to faciliting CHOP's transformation to digital medical records. I am one of the executive sponsers and Clincal champion of the Department of Surgery in this multi-pronged initiative.

Description of Other Expertise

I have developed a simple model of the tympanic membrane to aid in teaching techniques of myringotomy and tympanostomy tube insertion and tympanocentesis to medical students and residents.

Selected Publications

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

Baum ED, Elden LM, Handler SD, Tom LWC: Management of hypopharyngeal and esophageal perforations in children. Ear, Nose & Throat Journal 87(1): 44-47, January 2008.

Samadi, DS, Shah UK, Handler SD.: Choanal atresia: A twenty-year review of medical comorbidities and surgical outcomes. Laryngoscope 113, 2003.

Kang PB, Phuah HK, Zimmerman RA, Handler SD, Dure LS, Ryan SH.: Medial medullary injury during adenoidectomy. Journal of Pediatrics 138, 2001.

Kim S, Handler SD.: Traumatic perilymphatic fistulas in children: etiology diagnosis and management. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology 60, 2001.

Agarwal RP, Handler SD, Matthews MR, Carpentieri D.: Pilomatrixoma of the head and neck in children. Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery 125, 2001.

Puchalski R, Shah UK, Carpentieri D, McLaughlin R, Handler SD.: Melanotic neuroectodermal tumor of infancy (MNTI) of the hard palate: Presentation and management. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology 53: 163-168, 2000.

Suskind DL, Tavill MA, Handler SD: Doxyclycline sclerotherapy of benign lymphoepithelial cysts of the parotid: A minimally invasive treatment. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology 52: 157-161, 2000.

Solot CB, Knightly C, Handler SD et al: Communication disorders in the 22q11.2 microdeletion syndrome. Journal of Communicative Disorders 33(3): 187-204, 2000.

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.

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.

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