About Dr. Barry S Handler MD

Dr. Barry S Handler, MD is a Doctor primarily located in San Diego, CA, with other offices in San Diego, CA and San Diego, CA . He has 29 years of experience. His specialties include Plastic Surgery. Dr. Handler is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital-Encinitas, Tri City Medical Center and Palomar Medical Center Poway. He speaks English.

Dr. Handler has received 3 awards.

Rating Overview

10 Ratings with 3 Comments

The overall average patient rating of Dr. Barry S Handler is Great. Dr. Barry S Handler has been rated by 10 patients. From those 10 patients 3 of those left a comment along with their rating. The overall rating for Dr. Barry S Handler is 4.2 of 5.0 stars.


Dr. Barry S Handler has 3 locations

6699 Alvarado Rd Ste 2305
San Diego, CA 92120
9333 Genesee Ave Ste PL1
San Diego, CA 92121
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6699 Alvarado Rd Ste 2305
San Diego, CA 92120

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Dr. Barry S Handler has the following 1 specialty

  • Specialty Expertise

    Dr. Barry S Handler has the following 7 expertise

  • Laser Resurfacing
  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • Hair Restoration
  • Cosmetic Surgery
  • Dermabrasion
  • Skin Cancer
  • Cosmetic Surgery (Aesthetic Procedures)

Board Certifications

Dr. Barry S Handler is Board Certified in 1 specialty

See the board certifications this doctor has received. Board certifications provide confidence that this doctor meets the nationally recognized standards for education, knowledge and experience.


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General treatments. Botox etc

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He is the best.

I have been with Dr. Handler now for over 3 years. He completely transformed me . After gastric bypass I had lost over 200 lbs and when I came to Dr. Handler I had kept it off for over 3 years. But I had so much lose skin everywhere it caused pain when I would sit in one position for over a half hour in the car, I had rashes in various locations, etc. And these are just a few of the problems it caused, as well as the obvious embarrassing ugliness of it all. After two major operations and numerous scar revisions, he fixed it all. I am so happy with the outcome. I actually look like a normal human male for the first time in my 55 year old life. He never rushed me. He always explained everything to be done. His prices were reasonable considering the amount of work and time involved, and he was always patient and caring. My case is probably somewhat unique and complex. And I must say, I had virtually no complications. This is a testament to this Doctor’s skill as a Surgeon. I am so happy I found him and I highly recommend him.

Easy Appointment
Friendly Staff
Accurate Diagnosis
Bedside Manner
Spends Time with Me
Appropriate Follow-up
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One Star

I only give him one star because I am not able to give him a 0. He may be good at face lifts or breast augmentation but he has NO IDEA what he is doing as far a reconstructive surgery is concerned. I needed scar tissue removed and he indicated at our first consultation that he had experience in doing so. Not so, he gave me more scar tissue than I went in with and I had to have corrective surgery, to his surgery, done by another plastic surgeon who actually knew about scar tissue, not breasts and faces. Had to miss more work, be out of commission and in pain again.. He also prescribed pain medication that contained a content he knew (or should have known if my allergies had been written in my chart) I was allergic to. When my husband called to have the prescription changed, he prescribed THE EXACT SAME DRUG WITH A DIFFERENT NAME (unbeknownst to me as I don't know the formularies of all the pain meds, I assume the doctor knows what he is doing in prescribing a drug). I ended up in the emergency room with anaphylaxis. Had they written down my allergies or paid attention to what they prescribed this could have been avoided. TERRIBLE EXPERIENCE!

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  • Awards

    3 Awards

  • Patients' Choice Award

    Patients' Choice Award (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)

    Patients' Choice recognition reflects the difference a particular physician has made in the lives of his/her patients. The honor is bestowed to physicians who have received near perfect scores, as voted by patients.

  • On-Time Doctor Award

    On-Time Doctor Award (2014)

    Vitals On-Time + Promptness Award recognizes doctors with consistent high ratings for timeliness of appointments. The honor is granted based on a physician's overall and promptness scores.

  • Patients' Choice 5th Anniversary Award

    Patients' Choice 5th Anniversary Award (2013)

    The Patients' Choice Award - 5 Year Honoree is a recognition granted only to those doctors whose ratings have reflected excellence in care for five years in a row. Only 1% of all doctors in the United States are bestowed this honor by their patients.

  • Hospital Affiliations

    Dr. Handler is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).

  • Education

    29 Years Experience

  • Saint Louis University School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1989

  • St Louis University School Of Medicine


  • Dr. Barry S Handler Accepts the Following Insurance

  • Aetna
    • Aetna Choice POS II
    • Aetna HMO
    • Aetna HMO Deductible Plan CA only
    • Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
    • Aetna Savings Plus of CA
    • Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
  • BCBS Blue Card
    • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Shield California
    • BS CA Platinum 90 PPO
    • Blue Shield CA Access Plus HMO
    • Blue Shield CA Access Plus Savenet
    • Blue Shield CA Bronze 60 PPO SHOP
    • Blue Shield CA Bronze Full PPO 4500
    • Blue Shield CA Local Access Plus HMO
    • Blue Shield CA PPO
    • Blue Shield CA Platinum Access+ HMO 25
    • Blue Shield CA Platinum Local Access + HMO 25
    • Blue Shield CA Silver 70 PPO
    • Blue Shield CA Trio ACO HMO
  • Cigna
    • CIGNA LocalPlus
    • CIGNA Open Access Plus
  • Health Net
    • Health Net CA HMO Employer Group
    • Health Net CA Individual and Family PPO
    • Health Net CA PPO
    • Health Net EPO - PureCare One Small Business
    • Health Net PureCare HSP Individual and Family Plans
  • Humana
    • Humana Choice POS
  • United Healthcare
    • UHC Choice Plus POS
    • UHC Navigate HMO
    • UHC Navigate POS
    • UHC Options PPO

More about Dr. Barry S Handler

Dr. Handler was board certified in Surgery in 1996. He was also board certified in Plastic Surgery in 1999. Dr. Handler received his medical degree from the St. Louis School of Medicine in 1989. He served his residency specializing in General Surgery at St. Louis University Medical Center. He then received additional training in plastic and reconstructive surgery at St. Louis University from 1995-1997. Upon completion of his plastic surgery residency, he joined the faculty in the division of Plastic Surgery at St. Louis University. Then in 1999, he returned to San Diego to open his private practice. He specializes in reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery.

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