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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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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.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

188 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

56 Patient Comments

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~!!!

Reviewed on May 10, 2022

Dr Novak listens and is supportive

Reviewed on May 6, 2022

Dr. Novak really takes time to listen, patienceAnd genuinely cares about his patients and families!

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2022

The ladies that work at the desk were very courteous. Dr. Novak is always exceptional. He is so thorough and always tries to help me with my problems. He is a good listener.

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2022

He is a very caring, friendly and knowledgeable doctor that listens to his patients.

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2022

Dr. Novak is excellent

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2022

I love that the Dr.asked lots of questions, listened carefully to my responses, and formed a plan that we both were comfortable with!

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2022

Love Dr. Novak

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2022

Dr. Novak is skilled and friendly. He is also helping me and my wife to understand the medical situation and taking steps to improve my life.

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2022

Dr. Novak is a great doctor. We liked him very much

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2022

I took a chance with this doctor/team as a new patient and was wonderfully provided for.

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2022

Both doctors on the call were fantastic! They were courteous and listened to my concerns, they explained things in a way that made sense without sounding condescending and we truly a pleasure to work with!

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2022

Dr Novak was very professional, personable, and explained everything very very clearly to us.

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2022

I would not hesitate to recommend Cleveland clinic or Dr Novak to anyone!

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2022

Dr. Novak listened to all my concerns and answered my questions in a way that was easy for me to understand. He explained further testing and the reasons for it. He was also very friendly, personable, and easy to talk to. I have already referred someone to him!

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2022

Great doctor

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2022

Dr very professional and friendly

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2022

Dr. Novack is always kind and easy to talk to. I feel that he cares and is genuinely interested in my well being. My only complaint is the difficulty of phoning and actually speaking to someone in the Wooster office.

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2022

I DO miss the in-person visit with my doctors, which is only why I gave a score of Good/4 for a couple of the options. This is nothing against Dr Novak himself - just the overall experience of moving to a virtual appointment, especially since my condition involves neuropathy, and it's more of a touchy-feely sensation kind of situation. Still, I feel 100% confident that if my condition took a downward turn, Dr Novak would likely have no issues with returning to an in-person appt. Right now I'm improved/stable thanks to the medications he has me on, so there isn't a great need to meet in-person for now.

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2022

Dr Novak is very concerned about figuring out my sleep problem

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2021

Dr Novak is a caring and wonderful doctor. I feel safe and know he has my best interests as I see him .

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2021

Excellent doctor

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2021

Dr. Novak is very thorough, and listens to any concerns I have, and we discuss together options for my care, which he explains in a clear, easy to understand way on the outcome goal.

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2021

Dr Novak is always willing to listen to me and take his time to assist me

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2021

Dr. Novak is an excellent physician.

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2021

Dr Novak was outstanding in listening to our concerns and guiding us to what should be done next. Made us very comfortable.

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2021

Great doctor

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2021

Dr. Novak is an amazing doctor and I wish that I could see him for all of my health care. He is kind, compassionate, and is willing to look outside the box to find ways to help me. I absolutely recommend him whenever I can. He is an amazing doctor and I pray that you continue to do all you can to keep him in your service. He deserves a raise! :-)

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2021

Awesome provider. Top notch all the way.

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2021

Dr. Novak is the absolute best. I nearly cried during the visit, so relieved was I to have my concerns heard and addressed.

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2021

It takes too long to get in to see the doctor when you want to. I was supposed to have an appointment in August but it was canceled by the doctor's office. I couldn't get back in until the end of November. There was a cancellation so I could get in on October 26th. It would have been a year since I saw Dr Novak if I had to wait until November.

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2021

Dr Novak is a superb doctor who cares about his patients. He does whatever he can to help solve your problems.

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2021

I appreciate Dr. Novak's respect for my desire to treat my essential tremor through natural means. I take supplements through a Naturopathic Physician and have been able to improve my condition since our last exam a year ago. He is very honest and kind-- a model physician.

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2021

Dr. Novak was an absolute delight to work with. He was kind, patient, very positive and upbeat, and he was upfront and honest with me about all his thoughts on my possible conditions. His genuine care for his patients is palpable.

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2021

Excellent experience with doctor and the person who roomed me- they were both wonderful and caring.

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2021

I was very pleased and felt @ ease the whole visit.....I look forward seeing Dr. Novak.....thank you

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2021

I would be very pleased to reccomend this Dr.

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2021

Doctor was pleasant and proactive

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2021

Dr Novak is a pleasure!! His staff is very personable also. Dr Novak was very good abt putting things in language that I understood!

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2021

Dr Novak is a very caring doctor and we feel confident in his office visits and procedures. The problem is contacting the office for needs. It is a frustrating and long process to get to talk to his receptionist. The last wait time was 40 min for a simple but necessary question!

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2021

We have the utmost respect and confidence in Dr William Novak and his personal staff.

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2021

Excellent doctor for sleep. First sleep specialist I have seen over the years who actually listened to me and was able to help me with insomnia.

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2021

Very easy to speak with Dr. Novak and have my appointment

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2021

Dr. Novak is an excellent, knowledgeable, professional and caring doctor! I have recommended him many times and will continue to!

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2021

Had to wait for an appointment for 2 months. The hospital doctor wanted me to have it right away.

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2021

I liked Dr. Novak very much. I felt he was very interested in trying to get to the bottom of my problems.

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2021

Dr. Novak is a God!

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2021

Experience was good, doctor was easy to speak with. All of my questions were answered.

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2021

Good experience, doctor explained outlook and options. Listened to my questions and answered any questions I had.

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