Saint Barnabas Medical Center Names Eric Handler, DO, FACEP, Chairman of Emergency Medicine

Eric Handler, DOEric Handler, DO, FACEP, was recently appointed Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC). Dr. Handler joined SBMC as an attending physician in the Emergency Department in 2005. He was named Medical Director of the Rapid Decision Unit in 2009; Associate Director in 2013; and to his most recent position of Medical Director of Operations in 2017. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine.

“Congratulations to Eric Handler, DO, on his appointment as Chairman of Emergency Services at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. Dr. Handler’s valued experience and leadership makes him ideal to oversee our transformative Emergency Department which serves as a vital front door to the Medical Center,” said Stephen P. Zieniewicz, FACHE, President and CEO, Saint Barnabas Medical Center. “Under his leadership, the Emergency Department, which treats more than 95,000 adults and children each year, will continue to provide the community with the care and service they have come to expect from an outstanding emergency medicine team.”

Prior to joining SBMC, Dr. Handler spent several years at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC), Newark, NJ. After completing his residency in Emergency Medicine at NBIMC, during which he served as chief resident, he has remained on staff as an attending physician in the Emergency Department. Dr. Handler received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and was awarded a doctor of osteopathy from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed an internship through the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey at St. Francis Hospital and Christ Hospital.

Dr. Handler’s areas of interest include Emergency Department operations and patient throughput, palliative care, clinical excellence and staff safety and well-being. In addition to serving on the RWJBarnabas Health Sepsis Steering Committee, he is active with numerous SBMC initiatives, including the Multidisciplinary Quality Review and Utilization Review Committees. He has continuously been named a Top Doc by New Jersey Monthly magazine.