Richard John Novak, M.D.

Date of Birth:             June 5, 1954

Place of Birth:            Hibbing, Minnesota

Office Address:   2237 Alma Street, Palo Alto, California 94601

telephone      (650) 323-0617

fax                    (650) 323-4229


1972-76                        B.A., Chemistry, Magna Cum Laude, Carleton College

1976-80                        M.D., University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Postgraduate Education:

1980-81                        Internship in Internal Medicine, Stanford University Hospital

1981-83                        Residency in Internal Medicine, Stanford University Hospital

1984-86                        Residency in Anesthesiology, Stanford University Hospital

Awards and Honors:

Phi Beta Kappa, Carleton College

AOA, University of Chicago School of Medicine

Professional Experience:

1983-84             Emergency Medicine Attending, Stanford University School of Medicine

1986                   Attending Anesthesiologist, Santa Teresa Kaiser Hospital, San Jose, California

1986-88              Attending Anesthesiologist, Washington Hospital, Fremont, California

1989 to Present  Attending Anesthesiologist, Stanford University Hospital, Associated Anesthesiologists Medical Group, Inc., Palo Alto, California

Medical Licensure: California

Medical Staff Privileges:

Stanford University Hospital, Stanford, California

Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford

Plastic Surgery Center, Palo Alto, California

Menlo Park Surgical Hospital, Menlo Park, California

Atherton Plastic Surgery Center, Atherton, California

Waverley Surgery Center, Palo Alto, California

California Ear Institute, Palo Alto, California

Board Certification:

1981                                    Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners

1983                                    Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine

1987                                    Diplomate, American Board of Anesthesiology

Academic Appointments:

1983-84    Clinical Instructor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine.

1989 to Present  Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Anesthesia (current appointment), Adjunct Clinical Faculty, Department of Anesthesia, Stanford University Hospital.

Teaching Experience/Presentations:

1983         Instructor, Advanced Trauma Life Support, Instructor, Advanced Cardiac Life Support

1984         Lecturer, Emergency Management of Overdose, Stanford Hospital Pharmacy Symposium

1988 to Present  Examiner, Practice Oral Board Exams, Department of Anesthesia, Stanford University Hospital

1992          Lecturer, Preoperative Assessment of Internal Medicine Patients, Internal Medicine Resident Conference, Stanford University Hospital

1993          Lecturer, Anaphylaxis on Induction of General Anesthesia,, Stanford Anesthesia Grand Rounds

1995           Lecturer, Electrolyte Disturbance during Hysteroscopy, Stanford Anesthesia Grand Rounds

2001           Lecturer, Anaphylaxis during Liposuction, Stanford Anesthesia Grand Rounds

2001 to Present   Author, Deputy Chief Column, Anesthesia Gas Pipeline, Department of Anesthesia,Stanford, CA

2003           Lecturer, Hypovolemic Shock in Gynecologic Laparoscopy, Stanford Anesthesia Grand Rounds

2004           Lecturer, Neurologic Complications following Total Joint Replacement, Stanford Anesthesia Grand Rounds

2005            Lecturer, Preoperative Screening at an Freestanding Ambulatory Surgery Center,Stanford Anesthesia Grand Rounds                               

2007            Lecturer, Awareness During General Anesthesia, Stanford Anesthesia Grand Rounds

2009            Lecturer, Medical Director Management of a Freestanding Ambulatory Surgery Center, Stanford Anesthesia Grand Rounds                                               

2011            Lecturer, Pulmonary Edema in a 3-Year-Old Following Tonsillectomy, and 75 Cases of 10-Hour Outpatient General Anesthetics for Atresia/MIcrotia Pediatric Surgery, Stanford Anesthesia Grand Rounds                            

2015            Lecturer, Pediatric Anesthesia at Freestanding Ambulatory Facilities, Stanford               Anesthesia Grand Rounds

2016            Invited Lecturer, The Transition From Anesthesia Residency to Community Practice, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, July 14, 2016

2016            Invited Lecturer, Pediatric Anesthesia at Freestanding Ambulatory Facilities, University of New Mexico Anesthesia Grand Rounds, Albuquerque, New Mexico, July 15, 2016

2017          Lecturer, Expert Witness Consultation, Stanford Anesthesia Grand Rounds

2017          Exhibit: an audio recording of The Metronome, a poem by Richard Novak MD, at the Russell Museum of Medical History and Innovation at Massachusetts General Hospital regarding perspectives on anesthesia, at Boston City Hall Plaza as part of HUBweek, Boston’s festival of innovation, October 2017.

2019           Lecturer,Artificial Intelligence in Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Enterprise Development Group, Stanford Faculty Club, Stanford, CA, May 13, 2019

2019           Lecturer, Five Minutes to Avoid Anoxic Brain Damage,Stanford Anesthesia Grand Rounds


Offices Held:

1991 to Present                  Vice President, Associated Anesthesiologists Medical Group, Inc.

1995 to 1998                        Alternate Delegate, District 4, California Society of Anesthesiologists

1996 to 2000                       Medical Advisory Board, Palo Alto Surgecenter

2001-2015                            Deputy Chief of Anesthesia, Stanford University Medical Center

2002-Present                      Medical Director, Waverley Surgery Center, Palo Alto, California

2005-2014                            Delegate, District 4, California Society of Anesthesiologists

2006-Present                       Expert Reviewer, Medical Board of California

Medical Committees:

1997 to 2009                        Care Improvement Committee, Stanford Univ. Hospital

1997 to Present                    Quality Assurance Committee, Associated Anesthesiologists Medical Group

1996 to 2000                        Medical Advisory Board, Palo Alto Surgecenter

2002 to 2009                        Stanford University Hospital Anesthesia QA Committee

2002 to Present                    Chairman, Waverley Surgery Center QA Committee

2006 to 2015                         Medical Executive Committee, Stanford University Hospital


Novak RJ, Gaeke R, Kirsner JB. Chronic Daily Narcotic Use in Patients with Crohn’s Disease:   Gastroenterology May 1980; 78(5): Part 2, p 1331.

Novak RJ, Hill BB, Schubart PJ, Fogarty TJ, Zarins CK. Endovascular Aortic Aneurysm Repair in a Patient with Prohibitive Cardiopulmonary Risk: Anesthesiology 1999; 91: 1542 – 45.

Novak RJ, Dental Anesthesia for Autistic Children, letter to the editor:   Autism Research Review International 2000, Vol 14, No. 4, page 7.

Novak RJ, The Metronome, Anesthesiology, Mind to Mind Section 2012: 117:417.

Novak RJ, Vascular Access Made Easy, Outpatient Surgery Magazine Manager’s Guide to Ambulatory Anesthesia, July 2013, pages 10-19.

Novak RJ, Lessons in Medication Labeling, Outpatient Surgery Magazine Manager’s Guide to Ambulatory Anesthesia, October 2013, pages 22-25.

Author, Deputy Chief Column, January 2001 – present, Anesthesia publication Gas Pipeline, circulated internationally by the Department of Anesthesia, Stanford, CA.

Author, The Anesthesia Consultant, an anesthesia blog at

Author, The Doctor and Mr. Dylan, a novel, published by Pegasus Books, September 2014.

Novak RJ, Book Chapter, Disorders of Potassium Balance, in Complications in                        Anesthesia, 3rd Edition, 2017, edited by Lee Fleisher and Stanley Rosenbaum,                        Elsevier Press, Philadelphia.

Novak RJ, Book Chapter: Management of Insulin Overdose; in Advanced                         Perioperative Crisis Management, 2017, edited by Matthew McEvoy                                          and Cory Furse, Oxford Press.

Novak RJ, Book Chapter, Anesthesia Considerations in Ear Reconstruction, in Modern Microtia Reconstruction: Art, Science, and New Clinical Techniques, edited by Reinisch J and Tahiri Y, Springer Press, New York (In Press).

Volunteer Activities:

1992 to 2000                        Internal Medicine Physician, RotaCare Clinic of East Palo Alto

2007 to 2015                        Internal Medicine Physician, Samaritan House Clinic, Redwood City

Professional Societies:

American Society of Anesthesiologists

California Society of Anesthesiologists

California Medical Association

Santa Clara County Medical Association


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