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Department Neurology
Primary Location Wooster Family Health Center
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No


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About William Novak, MD

William J. Novak, Jr., MD, is on the associate staff of the Neurology Department and at the Sleep Disorder Center at Cleveland Clinic. He accepted these appointments in 2007.

His clinical interests include obstructive sleep apnea, circadian rhythm disorders, restless legs syndrome, and headache (migraine).

Dr. Novak completed his medical degree at Wright State University School of Medicine, Dayton, OH. He completed a sleep disorders fellowship at Cleveland Clinic and a residency in neurology at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Novak is licensed to practice medicine in Ohio.

He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Sleep Disorders
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center & Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA USA

Internship - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center & Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Internal Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA USA

Medical Education - Wright State University School of Medicine
Dayton, OH USA

Undergraduate - Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN USA


  • Psychiatry and Neurology - Sleep Medicine
  • Psychiatry and Neurology - Neurology
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 6/28/2022, Dr. Novak has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

231 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

42 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2023

My appointments with Dr. Novak are always dialogue and discussion on my issues and we come to a conclusion on next steps together.

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2023

I had no problems with Dr Novak

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2023

I really like how down to earth and easy is it is to talk to Dr Novak. He truly understands my concerns and issues.

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2023

Ewes[me visit with Dr Novak. He is extremely thorough and caring. He explained everything in simple terms.

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2023

Great , knowledgeable doctor.

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2023

The staff of Dr Novak, I have always felt my health was of the utmost importance to Dr Novak.

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2023

The visit maybe saved me from further injury

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2023

Very good doctor always listens and helps me

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2023

Dr. Nova is awesome. I would not be here today if he didn't listen to me!!!

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2023

Fellow Kahn spoke with me first then conferred with Dr Novak. After they spoke with each other Dr Novak came on and discussed my care and med change. While I could still see and talk with Dr. Novak he and Fellow Kahn were talking, deciding my care. This was one of my best ever video or live doctor visits. I felt they really cared about me.

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2023

Dr. Novak seems very determined to help me, and I appreciate that.

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2023

Dr. Novak is amazing!!

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2023

Dr Novak is very personable, friendly, and understanding of my health concerns.

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2023

Dr Novak always makes me feel comfortable and cared for as a patient.

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2023

Very good, Dr Novak was very knowledgeable and caring. Thank you Dr N.

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2023

Dr Novak always explains thoroughly and addresses my questions.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2023

Dr Novak relates very well to me. He showed concern initiated a new plan and wants follow up in office for next time.

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2023

Dr Novak is an amazing care provider and has earned my trust for delivering exceptional care.

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2022

Dr. Novak took the time to review my chart before my appointment, and considered my prior health diagnoses. when working with me for my current sleep apnea. I appreciate the time Dr. Novak took, and the fact that he listened and addressed my questions and concerns.

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2022

Doctor is so good, that it's hard to get appointment

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2022

Top notch provider. I would recommend Dr. Novak to anyone who wants excellent care.

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2022

I feel Dr. Novak is very thorough and genuinely interested in my care as a patient.

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2022

Office is very good with contacting you if the provider is running behind.

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2022

Excellent staff phenomenal doctor

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2022

I haven't been able to say this in a while, but I really liked the doctor! He took time to listen to me and give me explanations. He did not rush me or make me feel as though my questions weren't important. He had a sense of humor, which made me more at ease.

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2022

Dr Novak is very busy and one has to wait for an appointment. Wish we did not have to wait so long.

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2022

I would recommend Dr. Novak, but I would not recommend the Cleveland Clinic. I would switch now, but I have too much invested.

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2022

Dr Novak totally listened to me and explained the plan of care. First Dr that really developed a plan for my leg cramps. He was caring and empathetic and I felt like he listened to me

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2022

Dr. Novak and Dr. Musco were both excellent during this video appointment. Both seemed knowledgeable and caring. Highly recommended.

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2022

Love Dr. Novak's ability,concern and helpfulness. Makes me feel like I'm the patient he has and that I really matter! 5 stars in my book

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2022


Reviewed on Sep 8, 2022

I can't say enough good things about Dr Novak. He really cares for his patients and works until he can find a solution to their problems.

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2022

Dr. Novak is always prepared and we continue with what we are doing until next appointment.

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2022

Very good experience. Dr. Was very good. Asked good questions, listened to what I had to say.!

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2022

I liked Dr Novak as he listen to my concerns explained sleep study results well and was not rushed. Thank you.

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2022

Dr Novak was easy to understand and asked excellent questions to determine the problem

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2022

Dr Novak is excellent at explaining things in a way I readily understand, and talking over options.

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2022

Very good experience Dr. Very personable very helpful

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2022

From day 1 Dr Novak and his staff top rated

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2022

Dr.Novak is a very good doctor.

Reviewed on May 23, 2022

Dr Novak is an excellent doctor. He listens to what I have to say. He explains my condition in a way that I understand. He takes his time and doesn't rush me. Our visits are done in a timely matter. I would recommend him to my family and friends.

Reviewed on May 23, 2022

Excellent doctor in every area...he is on top of my health and wellness~!!!

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