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Department Neurology
Primary Location Wooster Family Health Center
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
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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

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

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

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

Undergraduate - Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN


  • 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 7/16/2023, 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

217 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 May 6, 2024

Dr. Novak goes beyond spending time during the office visits. He does additional behind the scenes assessment and orders additional procedures and consultations where warranted. I feel he really does care that all my issues and concerns are being treated appropriately.

Reviewed on May 3, 2024

The doctor listened and was very empathetic. He went above and beyond

Reviewed on May 1, 2024

Dr. Novak always provides exceptional care

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2024

Dr. Novak listened to what I had to say and gave his thought and recommendations.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2024

This doctor was very knowledgeable and took the time to answer my questions. He showed genuine concern for my health issues and included my opinions on the direction of his health plan for me.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2024

Dr. Novak is so good, that it's hard to get in to see him.

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2024

Dr. Novak and his team are the best!

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2024

My only complaint is that Dr. Novak is such a great doctor that it's hard to get an appointment because he is so busy that he's scheduled way in advance.

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2024

Once again, Dr. Novak is such a good doctor, he listens to what I say. He's very compassionate and always tries to help me and make sure that my problems and concerns are addressed. I love his sense of humor. He is very thorough.

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2024

100% would recommend Dr. Novak except for lack of access.

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2024

Very thorough and explained everything in great detail. Very pleased and thankful for Dr. Novak and his staff

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2024

He is very thorough , listens , answers all my questions, very understanding. Felt very comfortable with the Dr and staff.

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2024

Felt very comfortable with the Dr and staff. Dr. Novak listened and answered all my questions,has empathy , and explained everything to make sure I understood. Would reccomend to anyone needing a neurologist.

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2024

Great dr. Very personable. Does a good job finding solutions!!

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2024

Highly recommend Dr noval and Cleveland clinic

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2024

The Instructions said to join the meeting 10 minutes before my appointment with Dr. Novak, but the system would not allow me to do that. That made me worried that my connection to the zoom system wasn't working. However, once Dr. Novak let me into the session, it was great.

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2024

Dr. Novak was very friendly and personable. He has a great sense of humor and was very reassuring about my concerns. I really enjoyed seeing him. He also told me that someone from his team would be in touch with me about how to proceed getting data from my CPAP, and, within minutes of seeing him, his assistant called me. Very efficient!

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2024

Dr. Novak...excellent clinician and extremely knowledgeable about my diagnoses and treatment.

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2024

I recommend Dr. Novak all of the time. He is my favorite doctor because he is friendly, remembers things about me even though I only see him twice a year, and seems genuinely concerned about my well-being.

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2024

Dr. Novak is excellent. He is the best

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2024

The Cleveland clinic scheduler told me that Dr. W. Novak didn't treat patients with migraines. I explained to her that I had spoked to Dr. Novak's nurse and that he did treat migraines. After several minutes she scheduled me. I told this to Dr. Novak because I specifically wanted Dr. Novak for my neurologist.

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2024

I specifically requested Dr. Novak because of the great care he gave to my husband many years ago. Dr Novak didn't disappoint me. He actively listened, we discussed my past treatments, my concerns, and plan of care. My migraines had me feeling so sick on a daily basis and now I am feeling better. I am getting out of bed every day and exercising again. I will definitely recommend Dr. Novak and Melanie Queener, PA to family and friends.

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2024

My Dr is the best I have ever had. 5 stars

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2024

Dr. Novak went In to detail and explained my condition, answered all my questions.

Reviewed on Dec 26, 2023

Excellent Doctor ~ asked pertinent probing questions and listened intently. Encouraged me to expound on my sleep habits from small childhood through present day as well as my restless legs symptoms and how this affects my every day life without once making me feel diminished or that I was wasting his time. He was interested and caring and did not make me feel rushed which in and of itself is the test of a true healer. And finally Dr. Novak gave me confidence that he would indeed help me. Outstanding experience and highly recommend Dr. Novak.

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2023

I have been seeing Dr. Novak for many years. He is the best! I only wish all my doctor's were as caring and knowledgeable as him.

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2023

Dr. Novak is excellent. He is through, honest, and informative.

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2023

Dr Novak was excellent. He was very knowledgeable and able to clearly explain everything and all options.

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2023

I am grateful to Dr. Novak. He listens to me, and takes my concerns seriously. He is working with me to take steps to determine root cause(s) of my health challenges, in order to determine an appropriate plan of action.

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2023

Dr Novak deals with health issues like me. So he understands what I'm going through. Makes it so easy to talk to him.

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2023

Very easy to discuss potential options and also thorough in investigating other symptoms

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2023

Dr. Novak is wonderful! I always enjoy seeing him!

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2023

Dr. Novak is finally helping me get answers to lifelong concerns and I feel like I'm able to be in control of my health!!

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2023

No issues. Dr Novak is very personable.

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2023

Would highly recommend Dr Novak.

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2023

Great Doctor

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2023

Dr Novak is a great dr very interested in my health and in general

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2023

Dr. Novak's appointment couldn't have been better. Excellent doctor!

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2023

Doc was good

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2023

Always a good visit with Dr. Novak

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2023

Dr. Novak is wonderful. Finally a doctor listened to my concerns and treated me as a knowledgeable person and respected me.

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2023

Listened to my concerns and suggested resolutions excellent doctor

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2023

He made me feel at ease, spend a great deal of time with me , even though I was so me he had a calming way about him. I will recommend him always. I feel I am in amazing hands with him.

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2023

Dr. William Novak takes time to evaluate symptoms, listens, and explains well options of medical care. Thank you.

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2023

My husband and I both liked Dr Novak personality and concern for care.

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2023

I love Dr. Novak. He is so personable and is easy to talk to. I think he is thorough and knowledgeable and enjoy having him as my provider.

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2023

Dr. Novak is great.

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2023

Dr. Novak always asks me my opinion on anything he proposes and he also has also ordered tests for anything that has concerned him a little bit.

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2023

Dr Novak is outstanding and one of the most caring and respectful physicians I've seen.

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2023

I prefer in person visits but Dr Novak is an excellent provider

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2023

Love Dr. Novak. He is interested in breaking down the issues and finding a solution.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2023

Dr. Novak is wonderful he is always attentive and caring

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2023

Dr. Novak is the best

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2023

I immediately felt very comfortable with Dr Novak. Dr Novak provided World Class Care!

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2023

Dr Novak demonstrated genuine compassion and care during my video visit. Sometimes I prefer video visits.

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2023

Dr Novak is an outstanding physician. He is personable, friendly, humorous, and very caring. He explains all procedures thoroughly and includes me in the decisions for the best treatment options!

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