Biography & Education


Dr. Handy is the director of Providence Thoracic Surgery Program and the co-director of Providence Thoracic Oncology Program. He sees patients at Providence Thoracic Surgery.

"My goal, as a surgeon and program director, is to have superior outcomes in the treatment of chest disease. This encompasses all aspects of the person, especially medical and functional. I use advanced surgical techniques coupled with extensive data collection and analysis to provide constantly improving care. My efforts are focused on the most advanced level of patient care, clinical research, educational outreach and chest disease program development."

- John R. Handy Jr., M.D.

Dr. Handy has been a guest reviewer for the following scientific medical journals:

  • Annals of Thoracic Surgery
  • Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Chest
  • Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
  • Journal of Critical Illness
  • Lung Cancer
  • Respiratory Medicine
  • Surgical Innovation
  • Clinical Pulmonary Medicine

Dr. Handy is the lead surgeon working on the Providence Thoracic Surgery Initative and ProvenCare with American College of Surgeons. 

Find a complete list of Dr. Handy's published works. 

Dr. Handy is associated with Providence Cancer Center.

Areas of Expertise

Oncology: surgical; Thoracic surgery; Chest surgery; Data management and practice improvement; Lung and esophageal surgery

  • University of Georgia, 1974-1978 M.D.
  • Duke University School of Medicine, 1979-1983
  • General Surgery, Brown University Department of Surgery, 1983-1989
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery, Medical University of South Carolina, 1989-1992
  • Honorary Doctorate, National Medical Research Institute of Mongolia, May 29, 2009
Board Certified
American Board of Surgery
American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Care Locations

Providence Portland Medical Center
4805 NE Glisan Street, 6N50
Portland, OR 97213
Phone 503-215-2300
Fax 503-215-8004
9135 SW Barnes Road
Suite 261
Portland, OR 97225
Phone 503-215-2300
Fax 503-215-8004