Richard Novak, MD

College: Carleton College, B.A. Chemistry, magna cum laude, 1976

Medical School: University of Chicago, 1980

Internal Medicine Residency: Stanford University Hospital, 1980-1983

Internal Medicine Attending Physician Faculty, Emergency Room: Stanford University Hospital, 1983-1984

Anesthesia Residency: Stanford University Hospital, 1984-1986


A member of the Associated Anesthesiologists since 1989, Dr. Novak is board certified in both Anesthesiology and Internal Medicine. He has a special interest in the perioperative care of patients with complex medical problems, in pediatric outpatient surgery, and in perioperative medicine for ambulatory surgery. He is the current Deputy Chief of Anesthesia at Stanford University Hospital, and also served as the Deputy Chief of Anesthesia at Stanford University Medical Center from 2001 to 2015. Dr. Novak is an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology on the clinical faculty of Stanford University School of Medicine. He has lectured at Stanford Anesthesia Grand Rounds 12 times from 1993 – 2019, and was a visiting professor at the University of New Mexico Department of Anesthesia in 2016. He is a Past Delegate from District 4 to the California Society of Anesthesiologists, and is has served as Medical Director of the Waverley Surgery Center in Palo Alto from 2002 to the present. He has authored anesthesia chapters in three textbooks: Complications in Anesthesia edited by Lee Fleisher, Perioperative Crisis Management and Advanced Life Support edited by Matthew McEvoy and Cory Furse, and Modern Microtia Reconstruction: Art, Science, and New Clinical Techniques edited by John Reinisch and Youssef Tahiri. Dr. Novak is an Expert Reviewer for the Medical Board of California. He is the author of website, the novel The Doctor and Mr. Dylan, and the novel Doctor Vita.