Physician anesthesiologist at Stanford at Associated Anesthesiologists Medical Group
Richard Novak, MD is a Stanford physician board certified in anesthesiology and internal medicine.Dr. Novak is an Adjunct Clinical Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Stanford University, the Medical Director at Waverley Surgery Center in Palo Alto, California, and a member of the Associated Anesthesiologists Medical Group in Palo Alto, California.

Today was named the #7 anesthesia blog in the world by Feedspot.


I’m grateful to Feedspot for this honor, and to my readers for making this possible.

See the link here to view the complete list of the world’s top anesthesia blogs. was ranked #7, behind such high-powered professional websites such as Anesthesiology News, the Journal of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland, and Reddit Anesthesiology,

I write theanesthesiaconsultant from the unique point of view of a busy attending anesthesiologist who works in both private practice and also in an academic setting at Stanford University. After 35+ years and 25,000+ anesthetics, I’m still learning. And as I learn, I write about it.

Keep reading, and I’ll keep writing!



Richard Novak, MD


The most popular posts for laypeople on The Anesthesia Consultant include:

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The most popular posts for anesthesia professionals on The Anesthesia Consultant  include:

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Advice For Passing the Anesthesia Oral Board Exams

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