Zac Handler, MD
Zac Handler, M.D. is a board-certified academic dermatologist, fellowship trained Mohs surgeon, and acclaimed lecturer. He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Dr. Handler is also an assistant clinical professor in dermatology at Rutgers University New Jersey Medical School. He served as a Fellow in the United States House of Representatives, and crafted cost-neutral legislation to combat HIV infection. He has received the Congressional Recognition Award three times, from bipartisan House members for his work on health care policy, and was named a Nebraska Admiral, by the Governor of the State of Nebraska, in recognition of service to the community. He has worked for the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and has been a medical volunteer at both the Indianapolis 500 and Nebraska Special Olympics. He has experience with medical news production, having worked with Sanjay Gupta, M.D. at CNN’s medical unit, assisting with medical programming. Additionally, he has been a medical contributor for the Discovery Health program, “Dr. G: Medical Examiner”.
Dr. Handler is a recipient of the prestigious Tatotsu Imaeda M.D. Ph.D. Academic Scholar Award for his extensive academic work, which includes greater than 30 peer-reviewed publications and 5 book chapters. He has been nominated multiple times for the respected Golden Apple Award, in recognition of medical student mentorship. Dr. Handler is the only person to be first author on back-to-back cover articles in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, the leading American journal in the specialty of dermatology.
Focused on improving health care access both locally and abroad, Dr. Handler has provided volunteer medical care with Project MediShare in earthquake stricken Port-au-Prince, Haiti. While in Haiti, Dr. Handler donated his own blood to the Red Cross blood bank in order to secure blood for a patient. His experience in Haiti led to an invitation to assist the House Foreign Affairs Committee, in Washington, D.C., on USAID expenditures. He has since been a volunteer physician at the HIV hospital in Accra, Ghana and a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in Hoboken, New Jersey. Dr. Handler has been an invited guest lecturer around the globe, including Montenegro, New York, Miami, Kuwait, Iran, and Jordan. Dr. Handler holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of California, San Diego, and received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Nebraska. Dr. Handler completed a research fellowship in pediatric dermatology at the University of Miami with department chairman, Dr. Lawrence Schachner, author of Pediatric Dermatology. He completed his residency in dermatology at Rutgers University with Dr. Robert A. Schwartz, providing needed care for the underserved patients of Newark, New Jersey and military veterans at the East Orange Veterans hospital. He was selected to serve as the program’s Chief Resident his senior year. He completed a Mohs micrographic surgery and Procedural Dermatology fellowship at Skin Laser & Surgery Specialists of NY and NJ.