Deceased Information


    Stuart Handelsman

    Shevach ben Yecheskel Labish

  • AGE



    Thursday, March 10, 2022 (Before Sunset)


    Friday, March 11, 2022






    Meeting ID: 895 2129 3255

    Passcode: 592270


    Dr. Stuart Handelsman, 71, of Atlanta died on March 10, 2022.  Stuart grew up in Brooklyn, NY where he earned his undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College and medical degree from Yeshiva University - Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  He served his Residency at Long Island Jewish Hospital and Fellowship in Nephrology at Weill Cornell Medical Center.  He moved to Atlanta in 1980 where he founded North Atlanta Kidney Specialists and practiced for 41 years.  He took pride in his Jewish heritage.  He was an avid sports enthusiast and music lover.  Most importantly, he was the most kind, nonjudgmental, and loving man we have ever met.  He was beloved by his family, patients, colleagues, hospital staff, friends, and all who knew him.  He is survived by his children, Marc Handelsman, Bradley Handelsman, Cory Handelsman (Priscilla), and Lindsay Handelsman (Seth Vertelney), sister, Meryl Mendelson (David), and grandchildren, Juniper and Adam. Also survived by previous wives Ellen Hodes and Robin Schmerler.  Graveside services will be held 3:30 pm today, March 11 at Arlington Memorial Park in Sandy Springs, Ga (and also available by zoom link on Dressler’s website) with Rabbi Joshua Heller officiating.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation at Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999 

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  • The Dressler Family

    May the memories of our loved ones remain for a blessing.

  • Merle Solomon

    My sincere condolences to the Handelsman family - I was really saddened to hear of his passing. I was a patient many years ago, and also a colleage at NSH. He had a wonderful personality, so kind and and always friendly and a great sense of humor. May his memory be a blessing for all those who knew him.

  • Charlie Thomason

    My sincere condolences to the Handelsman family. Having known Stu for over 30 years, I always found him to be a kind, gentle soul who always treated everyone with friendship and respect. He will be missed.

  • Joan Whitaker

    I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of my dear friend Dr. Stuart Handelsman!! He was such a wonderful, caring man!! He touched my my heart many times!! He guided my family on several occasions . I donated a kidney to My daughter Maryellen in 1986. He helped her kidney last 3 years longer by changing her medication from Cyclosporine to Rappamune. Her kidney lasted 24 years. My husband's kidney were bad as a result of diabetes. He guided us helped us when his kidneys declined!! I will be forever grateful for him and I will miss him immensely!! I want to send love and prayers to his family!! Dr. Handelsman was like a members of my family!!He was a modern day Saint!! Rest in PEACE!????

  • Paul Harris

    It is a true loss to Atlanta and the entire medical community by the recent passing of Stu. He had the ability to share a joke, counsel a patient, and share stories with his colleagues and make each and every person he met feel that they were the center of his world. He truly exemplified the meaning of being a mensch. My deepest condolences to all of his family and please know that he was one of a million. His spirit and personality will be greatly missed by all.

  • Howard and Caryl Cohen

    Our sincerest condolences to the entire Handelsman family. Stu was a respected colleague and friend. He treated all who knew him with compassion and dignity. He always had a warm smile and a genuine interest in others. Stu was a true mensch who loved his children beyond measure. May his memory always be a blessing.

  • Robert and Ann Rhodes

    We are so saddened by Dr. Handelsman's death. I worked for Dr H for 13 years. He medically watched over us as well as directed us to wonderful specialized MD,s.He saved my son in laws mother from being put on unnecessary dialysis.He had an immense giving heart. The 13 years were never dull. It was wonderful knowing him. We send our love to all members of the family.

  • Susan Dubin

    I will always honor the memory of my dear cousin, Stuie. Stuie left a legacy of so many virtues and has made such an impact on so many lives. Stuie exemplified gentility, sincerity, and kindness. He truly cared about people and did everything he could to make someone’s life better. Stuie listened to people. And most of all, Stuie loved his family. When Stuie was at a family gathering, he added warmth and joy to the room. Stuie just had that natural knack to make people feel comfortable. What an incredibly special guy! Stuie left a permanent positive impact on everyone. My sincerest and deepest condolences to the Handelsman family. ?

  • Helen Fleming

    My sincere condolences to your family. I respected and loved Dr. Handlesman. I worked with your dad for many years, and truly enjoyed it. He always had the utmost respect for his office staff. He will be missed by many. Always in my heart. Helen Fleming

  • Anna Goldsmith

    Sincere sympathy to the family. I was a nurse at St Joseph's on 4W. I last spoke with him in 2018 when I went back to the US for a visit. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h'anam dílis. "May his soul sit at the right hand of God" Irish blessing.

  • Ramon franco

    So sad to hear of Stu's passing. I can still hear that wonderfully gregarious voice and laugh even under the most trying times. He was a lovable guy who we will be missed terribly. Our condolences to the entire family.

  • Dick Abrohams

    Stu was a colleague, friend, and even my doctor for a time. He was filled with life, enthusiasm, joy, and caring. I remember him in the hospital, in the exam room, and on the softball field. Always a smile, hug, or laugh to share. I am blessed to have known him. My condolences to his loving family.

  • Susan and David Reingold

    Our sincere condolences go out to the entire family. He truly was very kind and special person. May his memory always be a blessing. Susan and David

  • Gary and Maria Ludi

    Deepest condolences to the whole family. I worked and knew Stu for the past 35 years as we took care of patients together. He was a great Doc and a wonderful person. He will be missed as that bedside manner is hard to find these days. Rest in peace now Stu.

  • Milhouse Family

    My sincerest condolences to the Handlesman family. My heart is truly broken. He was the most generous and kindest Doctor. He was very understanding and he will be truly missed by all. My love and sympathy. Patricia Milhouse and family.

  • , Cheryl Hecht and Bonnie Glatzer

    We will always fondly remember how caring and warm Dr. Handelsman was with us as my father lay terminally ill from multiple health problems in 2003. Dr. H was our angel who assisted us at that most vulnerable time, when we were attempting to say goodbye to our beloved father. The commonality of our Brooklyn (Sheepshead Bay) heritage instaneously created an unbreakable bond between us. May Dr. H rest in peace and his memory be a blessing to all of those he has treated and to the families he has comforted. He truly epitomized the meaning of a doctor. Lenny Thurschwell

  • Paul F. HemmerQuate

    Stuart will always live on in our hearts and souls, his love of life will go on forever! Love to you all, Liz and Paul

  • William Light

    I am so sorry to hear about Stuie’s passing. I will always remember his kind words and smiles and happiness. From coaching Cory, to playing some old man’s baseball and softball with him.. the world has lost a very nice man. Condolences to you the family! Lynn and Billy Light

  • Alexandra(Sandy) B. Park

    I had the absolute pleasure of working with Dr. Handelsman for many years while I was a dietitian. His patients loved him and he was always so engaging to talk with- about many subjects. He will be missed by many.

  • Andy Hall

    Dr Handlesman was my long time nephrologist and was a delightful and caring person. When he first diagnosed me with ESRD he urged me to get a kidney transplant very early on and because of his proactive approach I was able to locate a suitable donor and I’ve lived a wonderful and productive life 11 years hence. I literally give him credit for saving my life. With sadness I mourn his passing, he was my friend.

  • Susan Barrett

    My deepest condolences to the family. May your memories provide you comfort.


    Very sad to hear about Dr Handelsman's passing. He was a delight to collaborate with for complicated patients; committed and compassionate-he will be missed. Condolences to his family

  • Marlene & Freddy Weingart

    We are deeply saddened by the loss of Stuie. He was family. An Uncle to Max and Eden, our Brother-in-law. He was a rare person who cared very much for people, and loved his family deeply. Lindsay, Brad, Marc, Cory, may the blessings of the years you had with him carry you through as you mourn his loss. You did the best you could to cheer him on giving him tremendous love and support. Everyone is going to miss Stu. May he rest in peace

  • ElderCare Companions Hillary Abrams

    On behalf of the team at ElderCare Companions, it was a true honor to help Dr Handlesman and his family. Our sincerest condolences to your family

  • Gary and Leslie Myerson

    Our deepest condolences to the entire family. Having worked with Stuart for 40 years at Northside there was no kinder or more considerate individual both to his patients and his friends. Watching him during his fight with his cancer, you saw courage and the desire to see his children and grandchildren . Indeed one of the most caring individuals you would have ever known. He is missed already but is now at peace

  • Janie and Alan Fishman

    Stuart was a great caring physician and friend. We knew him over 30 years. Whenever we saw each other we would catch up on the families and share a laugh. A special man. Our condolences to his family. He will be missed.

  • Michael and Rita Zadoff

    So sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy. May his memory be a blessing.

  • Alex Bromberg

    I am very saddened to hear about Stuart's passing.My sincere condolences go out to the entire Handlesman family, May he rest in peace.

  • Maresa Mulkey

    My condolences to the family. I'm very saddened and heartbroken of the news of his passing today. I can still remember when I first heard his voice coming out the elevator all the way to the Nurses station in 5c many years ago. He was loud!?? We had a loud censor just for him. But he always had a great sense of humor about it. He was the funniest Doctor I have ever encountered since I was a little shy back then but he made me feel comfortable talking to him about the funniest thing and we would laugh so loud the censor would go off on us. He was always warm, kind and friendly to everyone he encountered. He would look for me in my unit just so he can tell me the funniest stories, show me funny photos, he would talk about sports, and politics, even though I don't know much or care much about politics. But I definitely laughed at his loudest and biggest voice and his funny story everytime. His spirit is definitely everywhere, like a beautiful light that he took with him. He will be missed by everyone and most especially by me. You may now rest in peace, Doc.

  • Safa Nooromid

    I am so sorry for your loss. Dr. Handelsman was such a wonderful, kindhearted, smart doctor. As a registered dietitian For the past 18 years I had the pleasure of working with him consulting his kidney patients. His patients loved him and I really enjoyed my long conversations with him. He will greatly be missed by all. Our deepest sympathies are with your family.

  • Paul & Suzy Scheinberg

    We have all lost a dear friend and colleague; Brad, Marc, Lindsay & Cory have lost such a LOVING DAD! Stu always exuded warmth and humor and had a way of offering comfort to others. We recently had such a great time meeting over lunch, reminiscing our first encounter at JCC when The Handelsman Family first arrived in ATL; We planned to have an encore soon. We wish all Family & friends much comfort from many fond memories. Stuie will be sorely missed.

  • Todd Hastey

    I knew Stuie growing up in Sandy Springs. He was a really good guy. I hate to hear of his passing. Wish the family the best.

  • Megan and Matt Swain

    Sending all our love to you. May the depth of your grief be a testament to the depth of your love and his love for you. May his memory always be a blessing. We are always here with hugs, real and virtual. Xo

  • Ross Dubin

    I was so sorry to hear the news on Stu's passing. My condolences to The Handelsman Family. Stu was one of the good guys. Always there to be supportive to his friends and family. He will be greatly missed.

  • Harriet and Rick Litzky

    We want to send our condolences and thoughts to the entire family. Stuie was a kind, caring and gentle man. No matter how long it was since you saw him you were greeted by his warmth, You will be missed. Love; Harriet and Rick

  • Harriet and Rick Litzky.

    We have known Stuie over 30 years. We send our condolences to the entire family and dear friends. He was the kindest, caring and gentle man. He was there when you needed him. You will sadly be missed. Love, Harriet and Rick Litzky

  • Janet & Jim Lenowitz

    Our deepest sympathy to your family. Stuart was the sweetest guy. Years ago, when asked if he loved his new house, he answered, “ I love my kids, I like the house.” That was Stuart. We will miss him.

  • Robert and Teresa Albin

    We are deeply saddened to hear that our friend and colleague is gone. Stuart was a bright ray of sunshine to everyone, always interested in how you were doing and eager to share a laugh. His presence in the medical community and beyond will be missed by all of us. Rest In Peace, dear friend.

  • Elizabeth Regis

    It has been a pleasure to know/work for Dr Stuart. Great person with compassion and respect for everyone. His character would light up a room. My condolences to the family. He will truly be missed.

  • Helen & Steve Kraus

    We are so saddened to learn of the death of Stuart. He was such an awesome guy, great physician and great friend. We send our love and sympathy to his entire family and may his memory be for a blessing.

  • David Taylor

    Condolences to the family. A great loss I knew Stu from when he first came to Atlanta A fine doctor and a great guy. Always a smile and a good word. I cherish our memories

  • Michael and Jodie Jicha

    He was a man filled with compassion, love, kindness and generosity. His smile, humor and professionalism left a mark on all who crossed his path. He will be greatly missed.

  • Peter and Lynda Gilbert

    My husband and I met Stewie and Ellie around 1983 in Alcapulco, Mexico while attending a nephrology meeting. We enjoyed their company and shared many laughs and stories of our young children. Peter sent several patients to Stuart over the years, all who loved him, including my brother. We want the family to know how very sorry we are for your loss. He will be missed by all whose lives he touched.

  • Richard and Karen Friedman

    Our deepest sympathy and condolences to the entire Handelsman family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you! Stu was a brilliant physician and a fabulous person, always seeing the bright side of life and always being nonjudgmental. It was always joyous to be in his presence seeing his passion for everything and everyone that he loved. We will miss him very much!

  • Elaine Byrd

    We were so very sorry to hear about your terrible loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Handelsman family . Elaine and Wayne Byrd

  • Betty Handmacher

    My sincere condolences for your loss. Dr. Handelsman was my Doctor for the past 15 plus years. He was terrific. He will be greatly missed.

  • Leon and Barbara Pomerance

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Stuart was one of the finest gentlemen I knew --a true mensch. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

  • Nancy & Steve Friedberg

    Our sincerest condolences to the Handelsman Family. Stuart was a one-of-a-kind Mensch, as kind and caring an individual as anyone will ever meet. He will be sorely missed, but he will continue to live on in our hearts and minds. May his Family be comforted by his memory

  • Mendy & Sara Rotenberg

    Our deepest and sincerest condolences to Stu's family. Our community lost a truly generous and compassionate soul. His memory will remain in our hearts. May his Neshama be embraced in G-d's arms. G-d bless you all.

  • Robin Manheim

    My deepest condolences on the passing of Stuart... I worked with him a long time at NSH. He was a true Mensch...! Such a kind and caring person who would light up the darkest room. He will be truly...missed...but my memories of him will stay forever May he rest in peace.. I'm so sorry for your loss

  • Amar Patel

    So sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to all of you.

  • Marcie and Barry Koffler

    So sorry for your loss. May Stuart's memory always be for a blessing. The Koffler and Gross' families.

  • Jennifer and Bill Kahnweiler

    Our deepest condolences to all of you. We will always remember Stu as a warm, loving man who was so kind to our daughter. Love to you all.

  • Marcia and Emil Baumrind

    Although, we had not seen Stuart in years, we are so sorry to hear of this. Our Deepest sympathy to your entire family. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Marcia & Emil

  • Charles Goldman

    Stu will certainly be missed by all who knew him

  • Joyce and Ramie Tritt

    Dear Marc, Brad, Cory and Lindsay, Our hearts go out to you for the loss of your amazing dad. He was such a kind and caring man. He will be sorely missed. We hope you find comfort in all your sweet memories.

  • Brian Silver

    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss Marc and the Handelsman family. Such a nice man. Sending good thoughts your way.

  • Naomi DeMeglio

    Sending love and prayers to you all during this difficult time

  • Mark Mittenthal

    My deepest sympathy and condolences to the entire Handelsman family. Stuart was a colleague and friend. He was an extremely kind and caring individual, a true Mensch. I’m glad I had the opportunity to be his friend. He will be missed. So sorry for your loss. May he Rest In Peace!

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