This narrative biography is adapted from the North Hill’s “Now Your Trustees and Advisors” Moe serves on the newly created Diversity Committee of the North Hill Board.


Mr. Handel established an independent consulting practice specializing in medical staff/hospital issue resolution, and community relations and planning in June of 1994.

Mr. Handel has extensive experience in developing determination of need applications, obtaining local zoning approvals, working with neighbors, physician relations, and strategic planning. He also has extensive experience working in academic and community hospitals. Mr. Handel is active in various professional organizations and served as the Chairman of the Board of the Southwest Suburban Emergency Services Consortium of Massachusetts and as Treasurer of the Board of the Metropolitan Boston Society of Health Care Planning and Marketing (now the New England Society for Healthcare Strategy). He is currently an elected member of the Town of Needham Board of Selectmen and former member of the Town’s Planning Board, Town Meeting, and serves on various appointed town committees. In April of 2005, Mr. Handel is past president of the Needham Historical Society, and was president of the Needham Exchange Club during 2003-2004.

Mr. Handel currently serves as a member of the North Hill Board of Trustees.

Before establishing his consulting practice, Mr. Handel was Vice President for Physician Relations and Community Planning at the Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Massachusetts, where he was responsible for physician recruitment and retention, providing liaison and staff support to the physician component of the hospital medical staff joint venture, maintaining hospital relations with the City of Newton and the hospital’s immediate neighbors, and providing liaison with the municipal Boards of Health in both Newton and Wellesley. Prior to that, Mr. Handel served as Vice President for Planning at the Newton- Wellesley Hospital and negotiated contracts with alternative delivery systems (managed-care plans); administered strategic planning cycles for the hospital and its corporate parent, producing several strategic plans; managed the hospital’s medical office buildings; and achieved City of Newton approval for a new medical office building, which required working closely with the City of Newton and the hospital’s residential neighbors. Mr. Handel also administered the for-profit subsidiary of the hospital’s parent corporation. This included a walk-in medical care center, a freestanding radiology practice, and an off-campus medical office building. He also played a key role in establishing a successful physicians’ answering service based at the hospital. Before joining Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Mr. Handel served as Assistant Administrator for Planning at Montefiore Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he performed similar functions as those described above.

Before moving to Pittsburgh with his wife, Elizabeth, he served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army in Germany.

Mr. Handel is a former Diplomate of the American College of Healthcare Executives and was a Charter Member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Mr. Handel received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Pennsylvania Military College (now Widener University) in 1964, his Master of Regional Planning from Cornell University in 1969, and his Master of Public Health with an emphasis in administration and planning from the University of Pittsburgh in 1974. As an Administrative Resident at Montefiore Hospital, he developed a graphic hospital directory system.

He was born in Boston, Massachusetts on December 10, 1942, and moved to Newton when he was 6;  is married to Elizabeth, a physician who practices internal medicine in Needham,


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