Public Health Officer, Deputy Agency Director, Health Care Agency
Orange County, California
In August, 2006, Dr. Handler was appointed Orange County Health Officer. Immediately prior, he served as chief medical officer for the CMS Boston regional office. From 1986- 89, he was the Director of Pediatric Rehabilitation at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. From 1989-96,he served as the Medical Director for the Nisonger Center, a university affiliated program at Ohio State University as well as associate professor at Columbus Children's Hospital and the College of Medicine at Ohio State University. Dr. Handler's experience includes serving as the deputy secretary for Children's Medical Services in the Florida Department of Health from 1996-2000. From 2000 - 2003 he was the chief medical officer for the Florida Department of Children and Families. A native of Los Angeles, Dr. Handler received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and his Medical Degree from Chicago Medical School. He completed his Pediatrics internship and residency at L.A. County- U.S.C. Hospital and completed a Pediatric Rehabilitation fellowship at Rancho Los Amigos Hospital. Dr. Handler received his Masters in Public Health from UCLA in 1985 and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. When Dr. Handler learned that Orange County ranks in the Top 10 in the nation for food insecurity, he recognized that this was an issue he absolutely needed to address. In 2012, alongside Orange County Food Bank CEO Mark Lowry, he founded the Waste Not Orange County (O.C.) Coalition, a public-private partnership formed to “reduce hunger and solid waste by facilitating the donation of wholesome surplus food.”