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

Surgical oncology, Thoracic 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

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




Patient Ratings and Comments
About Our Survey

The Patient Rating score is based on responses given during the CAHPS Patient Experience Survey. Responses are measured on a 10-point scale, with 10 being the best score. These scores are then translated to a 5-point scale in order to display results in a 5-star rating. Comments are also gathered from the same survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing the comments.

4.6 out of 5 (51 Ratings, 9 Comments)


Very knowledgeable. Very caring. Absolutely fantastic care!

Very professional in all aspects.

Don't always get much time with him but today was good.

The providers calls about tests to be done and their test results was exceptional - much appreciated.

Dr. Handy and his staff are amazing & I could not be in better hands.

Dr. Handy was good & honest. [...]

Dr. Handy always says someone from his office will call when my next appt. is due. In the two years that I have been seeing him I have never received a call and must make the appt. myself

Dr. Handy is the best doctor I have ever had in my entire life. He has the best bedside manner. He always explains everything in detail and always asks if I understand and have any question. His medical knowledge is beyond excellent and Providence should be grateful to have him in their organization.

best provider experience I've ever had.