Dr. Sandler is the Medical Director of the Olson Huff Center, Mission Children’s Hospital, Asheville, NC where he established a multi-specialty cerebral palsy clinic.
Dr. Sandler is an active member of several professional societies including the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, and he was co-Chair of the AAP Council on Children with Disabilities. He is currently President-Elect of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. He has been an invited speaker and faculty member at AAP meetings and at many other national and international conferences. Dr. Sandler’s recent academic interests have included measuring functional outcomes and quality of care for children with special needs, and has research funded by the National Institutes of Health on the therapeutic use of placebo effects. He has published several peer-reviewed studies and authored a book entitled Living with Spina Bifida, UNC Press. In 2003, he also helped to establish a spina bifida program in Belize, where he volunteers annually to provide clinical care.
A native of Zimbabwe, Dr. Sandler was educated at the University of Cambridge, England, where he earned his undergraduate and medical degrees in 1982. He completed his pediatrics residency training at Duke University Medical Center, and then completed a 3-year DBPeds fellowship at UNC Chapel Hill.