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.

I want to thank my readers, as reached 1,000,000 views this week.


The website was born in 2010 when I posted multiple columns I originally wrote for the Stanford Anesthesia Department publication The Gas Pipeline. Over the following months I added a series of columns aimed at laypeople, answering frequently asked questions about anesthesia.

The website reached only a few thousand viewers the first year, but I kept writing and the readership grew. By 2017 the number of columns grew to the current total of 148 pages. The crescendo in traffic was progressive, with a recent boom to a level of approximately 11,000 views per week, and a pace to reach over 500,000 readers per year. Thirty-five percent of the clicks are on columns aimed at anesthesia/medical professionals, and 67% of the clicks are on columns aimed at the public. My readers reside in over 100 countries from around the world.

The website has been an adventure for me. I write and control everything as a one-man production. The platform is a template, and my only expense is $18 per year to WordPress for website hosting. I’ve never paid a penny for Internet search engine optimization, or for efforts to rise toward the top on Google search lists.

I enjoy corresponding with readers, and I frequently write columns in response to a request or question from a reader. In addition to writing about my own experience and training, I rely heavily on as my source of knowledge of the peer-reviewed medical literature, which I frequently summarize and refer to for my readers.

Three sets of editors have contacted me to write chapters for their anesthesia/surgical textbooks on topics I’ve written about on my website. A leading university anesthesia program invited me to travel to their hospital and lecture as a Visiting Professor. Attorneys from 20 states have contacted me for opinions on legal cases.

Writing is a passion, but my primary job is still clinical anesthesia. I attend to patients before, during, and after surgery, five days a week. I’ve personally administered more than 25,000 anesthetics over 33 years, and have no plans to retire soon.

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!

Rick Novak, MD


The most popular posts for laypeople on The Anesthesia Consultant 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 on The Anesthesia Consultant  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?