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.

Dr. Richard Novak, an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology at Stanford University Medical Center, is available for anesthesia expert witness consultation.

Dr. Novak is a clinician who administers anesthesia and directs perioperative medical care at Stanford University Hospital and multiple outpatient surgery centers in and around Palo Alto, California. Dr. Novak has personally performed more than 25,000 anesthetics since 1984, and is uniquely qualified because he works in an academic medical center but is also a community private practice anesthesiologist.  In addition to providing clinical care, Dr. Novak is available for experienced medical-legal expert witness consultation, case review, or testimony in the specialties of anesthesiology and perioperative internal medicine.

Dr. Novak is board certified by both the American Board of Anesthesiology and the American Board of Internal Medicine.


Curriculum Vitae


                                                           Richard John Novak, M.D.


Place of Birth:           Hibbing, Minnesota



Office Address:       Associated Anesthesiologists Medical Group

                                    885 Oak Grove Avenue, Suite 207

                                    Menlo Park, CA 94025-4441

                                    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 Room Attending, Stanford University School of Medicine

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


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

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

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

2002 to Present         Preoperative Medical Clearance Clinician, Waverley Surgery Center





Medical Licensure:  California  (G045299)


Medical Staff Privileges:


                                    Stanford University Hospital, Stanford, California

                                    Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford

                                    Plastic Surgery Center, Palo Alto, California

                                    Waverley Surgery Center, Palo Alto, California

                                    California Ear Institute, Palo Alto, California

                                    CCRM, Menlo Park, California

                                    Kasey Li, MD DDS, oral surgery/ENT surgery office


Board Certification:


1981                            Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners

1983                            Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine

1987                            Diplomate, American Board of Anesthesiology


Academic Appointments:


1983-1984                   Physician Specialist, Department of Internal Medicine, Stanford University Emergency Room

1988-1993                   Clinical Instructor, Stanford University Department of Anesthesiology

1993-2000                   Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Stanford University School of                                      Medicine. 

2000 – August 2018  Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine.

September 2018 –      Adjunct Clinical Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine.



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


Teaching Experience (continued):


2001                            Lecturer, Anaphylaxis during Liposuction, Stanford Anesthesia Grand Rounds

2001 to 2010               Author, Deputy Chief Column, Anesthesia Gas Pipeline, Department of Anesthesia, Stanford, CA.

2002 to Present         Lecturer, Mock Code, Waverley Surgery Center, Palo Alto, CA. Yearly lecture.

2002 to Present         Lecturer, Malignant Hyperthermia, Waverley Surgery Center, Palo Alto, CA. Yearly lecture.

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 a 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 Testimony in Anesthesia, 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’s City Hall Plaza as part of HUBweek, Boston’s festival of                                         innovation, October 2017.

2019 to Present         Stanford Anesthesia Student Clerkship 308A director/coordinator

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

2020                            Lecturer, Anesthesiology in the Time of COVID,, via Zoom, April 17, 2020.

2020                            Lecturer, Why You Should Become an Anesthesiologist, International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations, Pleven, Bulgaria, via Zoom, May 7, 2020.

2020                            Invited presentation via Zoom to the American Sleep Apnea Association, Sleep Apnea and Anesthesia, November 3, 2020.

2022                           Invited presentation via Zoom, PeriopMan 2022Conference, Robotics in Anesthesia, The Manchester Perioperative Medicine Society, Manchester University, Manchester, England, March 18, 2022.

2022                           Lecturer, Preoperative Assessment in Private Practice, Stanford Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Lecture to Anesthesia Residents, June 7, 2022.

2022                           Lecturer, The Basics of Anesthesia Billing in Private Practice, Stanford Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Lecture to Anesthesia Residents, June 22, 2022.

2023                           Invited presentation via Zoom, Anesthesia for Nonobstetric Surgery in a Pregnant Patient, Modern School of Obstetrics and Gynecology – Medical University – Pleven, Bulgaria, April 23, 2023.




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

2019-2021                   Deputy Chief of Anesthesia, Stanford University Medical Center



Medical Committees:


1997 to 2009               Care Improvement Committee, Stanford University Hospital

1997 to Present         Quality Assurance Committee, Associated Anesthesiologists Medical Group

1996 to 2000               Medical Advisory Board, Palo Alto Surgecenter

2001 to 2015               Medical Executive Committee, Stanford University Hospital

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

2017 to Present         Stanford Anesthesia Adjunct Clinical Faculty Committee

2019 to 2021               Medical Executive Committee, Stanford University Hospital







Publications:            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, Private Practice Anesthesia, January 2001 – present, Anesthesia publication Gas Pipeline, circulated internationally by the Department of Anesthesia, Stanford, CA.


                                    Author, The Anesthesia Consultant, at


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


                                    Novak, RJ, Best Practices in Drug Safety, Manager’s Guide to Staff and Patient Safety Supplement to Outpatient Surgery Magazine, October 2015, pages 34-40.


                                    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: 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, 2019.


                                    Novak RJ, Ideas That Work: Anesthesiologists Start Their Own IVs to                                 Build Rapport With Patients, Outpatient Surgery Magazine, April 2017.


Author, Doctor Vita, a novel, published by All Things That Matter Press, March 2019.

Author, Call From the Jailhouse, published by Extasy Books, Vancouver, CA, September 2023.



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

All expert witness testimony follows the Guidelines For ExpertWitness Qualifications and Testimony, as set forth by American Society of Anesthesiologists:

GUIDELINES FOR EXPERT WITNESS QUALIFICATIONS AND TESTIMONY (Approved by the ASA House of Delegates on October 15, 2003, and last amended on October 22, 2008) PREAMBLE The integrity of the litigation process in the United States depends in part on the honest, unbiased, responsible testimony of expert witnesses. Such testimony serves to clarify and explain technical concepts and to articulate professional standards of care. The ASA supports the concept that such expert testimony by anesthesiologists should be readily available, objective and unbiased. To limit uninformed and possibly misleading testimony, experts should be qualified for their role and should follow a clear and consistent set of ethical guidelines. A. EXPERT WITNESS QUALIFICATIONS 1. The physician (expert witness) should have a current, valid and unrestricted license to practice medicine. 2. The physician should be board certified in anesthesiology or hold an equivalent specialist qualification. 3. The physician should have been actively involved in the clinical practice of anesthesiology at the time of the event. B. EXPERT WITNESS ETHICAL GUIDELINES 1. The physician’s review of the medical facts should be truthful, thorough and impartial and should not exclude any relevant information to create a view favoring either the plaintiff or the defendant. The ultimate test for accuracy and impartiality is a willingness to prepare testimony that could be presented unchanged for use by either the plaintiff or defendant. 2. The physician’s testimony should reflect an evaluation of performance in light of generally accepted standards, reflected in relevant literature, neither condemning performance that clearly falls within generally accepted practice standards nor endorsing or condoning performance that clearly falls outside accepted medical practice. 3. The physician should make a clear distinction between medical malpractice and adverse outcomes not necessarily related to negligent practice. 4. The physician should make every effort to assess the relationship of the alleged substandard practice to the patient’s outcome. Deviation from a practice standard is not always causally related to a poor outcome. 5. The physician’s fee for expert testimony should relate to the time spent and in no circumstances should be contingent upon outcome of the claim. 6. The physician should be willing to submit such testimony for peer review.

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