Michael Handler, MD, MMM, FAAPL

Michael Handler, M.D. Center for Patient Safety, Medical Director

Dr. Handler is the chief medical officer for Amita Health Alexian Brothers Medical Center and Amita Health St. Alexius Medical Center in suburban Chicago, IL.  He is also the medical director for the Center for Patient Safety.   As chief medical officer, Dr. Handler serves as liaison between the organized medical staff and administration, which advances the clinical practice of medicine for the campuses.  He previously served as VPMA/chief medical officer for SSM St. Joseph Hospital Lake St. Louis in Lake St. Louis, MO from 2007 through 2017.  

Dr. Handler has been a physician in the state of Missouri since 1985. He operated a private Obstetrics and Gynecology practice in suburban St. Louis from 1989 through 2007. Dr. Handler also served as house obstetrician from 2001 through 2017 in SSM hospitals and is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology.

Dr. Handler earned his medical degree at University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and completed his residency in ob/gyn at St. Louis University.  He earned his Master of Medical Management degree from Tulane University.  He is a physician advocate and enjoys working with medical staff leadership to improve physician engagement and involvement in initiatives especially as they relate to quality and safety in the hospital setting.

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