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



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



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4.8 out of 5 (51 Ratings, 10 Comments)


great knowledge and performance

Dr. Handy is really on top of the issue, good caregiver.

Dr. Handy is the greatest!!

Visit was fine but they left out 1 element on my scan and when I left a message no one called me back.

This is post surgical follow up for cancer surgery. I'd trust the doctor with my life - and have!

I am a retired Laboratory Technologist, Dr. Handy is one of the best examples of excellence in medicine I have ever encountered.

Dr.Handy is courteous, respectful. He takes time to listen what I have to say. He always answers to my questions. Dr. Handy always ask me questions regarding my well being. I have no bad experiences.

I received the best care possible, provided by Dr. Handy & staff.

They are all good to me no bad experiences.

I'm very grateful to Dr. Handy as he performed a very difficult surgery on me.