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.
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The profession of medicine offers a lifetime of fascination, and no specialty is more fascinating than anesthesiology. The Anesthesia Consultant is designed to inform and entertain both laypeople and medical specialists, and provides answers not found in traditional textbooks.The Anesthesia Consultant is written by Richard Novak, MD, an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Stanford University.


The first public demonstration of inhaled ether as a surgical anesthetic on October 16th, 1846 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston

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Presented by Richard Novak, MD, a Stanford-trained anesthesiologist and internal medicine specialist in active clinical practice at Stanford University Hospital in Palo Alto, California.

The most popular posts for laypeople include:

How Long Will It Take To Wake Up From General Anesthesia?

Why Did Take Me So Long To Wake From General Anesthesia?

Will I Have a Breathing Tube During Anesthesia?

What Are the Common Anesthesia Medications?

How Safe is Anesthesia in the 21st Century?

Will I Be Nauseated After General Anesthesia?

What Are the Anesthesia Risks For Children?

The most popular posts for anesthesia professionals include:

10 Trends for the Future of Anesthesia

Should You Cancel Anesthesia for a Potassium Level of 3.6?

12 Important Things to Know as You Near the End of Your Anesthesia Training

Should You Cancel Surgery For a Blood Pressure = 178/108?

Advice For Passing the Anesthesia Oral Board Exams

What Personal Characteristics are Necessary to Become a Successful Anesthesiologist?

A note from Dr. Novak:

I want to thank my readers, as reached the landmark of 1,000,000 all-time views as of March, 2017. Current traffic is approximately 11,000 views per week, on a pace to reach over 500,000 readers per year. The Anesthesia Consultant reaches readers in over 100 countries around the world.

The success of would not be possible without my readers, and I thank you all. I’ll keep writing, and I invite you to keep reading.

Thanks a million!



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