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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 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 7/11/2021, 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

202 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 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.

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2021

Dr Novak has to be my most favorite doctor ever. The guy's great. He considers my medication frequency and dosage from one visit to the next based on my neuropathy issues, he explains things thoroughly, he's willing to work with my other doctors and even help get lab work lined up that will help the other doctors as well as himself. The guy's great - in a bizarre way I wish I had friends with nerve issues just so I could recommend they see Dr Novak!!

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2021

The good ratings are just because there's no true hands-on experience with a tele-appointment, and with my neuropathy issues the dr always tests my sensitivity by poking at hands, feet, arms, legs... That aspect is missing with this sort of appointment. There was also the brief cut out of video/audio with the appointment. My Good recommendation is because it's still difficult to get an appt with Dr Novak - and the location of the appointment can be difficult to deal with (no longer allowed to see him in Fairlawn). Still, I highly recommend Dr Novak and the Cleveland Clinic. My PCP is with Summa, and it's a bit more rough of a service there.

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2021

Dr. Novak is very patient, willing to spend the time during the appointment in hand. A great communicator and very knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2021

Very pleased with Dr Novak

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2021

Definitely recommend Dr Novak s services

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2021

Dr.Novak was awsome

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2021

Once I was there the Doctor & Nurse was GREAT ... He's just so busy ... It takes so long to get in to see him.

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2021

Dr. Novak is really good about listening and offering opinions and options. He spends time with his patients.

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2021

Dr Novak is awesome and he always shows compassion of getting the right treatment for my needs

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2021

Dr Novak is always willing to listen and take his time to help problem solve any health issues I see him regarding. He is very knowledgeable and kind with me. Great provider!!

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2021

Dr. Novak is responsive, affirming, and I am assured that he is giving me the best care possible.

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

Dr. Novak listens, considers options, makes suggestions and includes me in the treatment plan. He is second to none in that regard.

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2021

Dr. Novak always provides me with the best recommendations he knows of and explains his thinking, including being open to my issues.

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2021

I may be young but I've seen more doctors than I care to have ever seen, therefore I'm incredibly picky about who im seen by because I've wasted plenty of time being seen by doctors who were awful, didn't really care, or wanted to push their own agenda regardless of my feelings. Doctor Novak is one of of few doctors who I can speak highly of. Using this most recent visit as an example, he was thoughtful in creating my medication regiment and gave great consideration to my feelings and experiences and made sure I was included. He was very thorough and double checked that I was happy with our plan but also that I understood it as well. He even was two steps ahead of me and already prepared plans B and C in case plan A didn't workout. Novaks demeanor is always incredibly pleasant and personable to the point where the stress of these appointments goes away the second He talks. If it weren't for Doctor Novak and him being such a great doctor I don't think I would put up with the difficulties and stress that arises from dealing with cleveland clinic. He is the sole reason I stay.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2021

Dr Novak takes the time to listen and works to find answers. He does not give up until he finds an answer to deal with whatever may be going on.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2021

Would recommend Dr Novak to any friend or family member.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2021

I would highly recommend Dr. Novak.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2021

He is an excellent doctor. He listens to me and shows compassion.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2021

Dr. Novak is a great doctor. He remembers things we spoke about 6 months ago and follows up.

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2021

Dr Novak has always been a very good listener for me and my son

Reviewed on May 4, 2021

While during the appointment I was very pleased, the follow up has been less on-point. The medical supply company said they did not receive the new prescription for the different nasal mask until over a week later (right after they had already shipped my old supplies), making me travel to their office to return them and I am still waiting for them to ship the new mask, so have not been able to try it. It also took 4 days for the pressure setting to change, which indicated to me another delay -- perhaps from Dr. Novak's office's end or perhaps from the medical equipment supplier, DASCO. Over all this has resulted in a less than "very good" experience.

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2021

Dr. Novak has always been very considerate and welcoming with Louise, who has many health needs, including developmental disabilities.

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2021

Dr. Novak was awesome, listened well and gave back constructive feedback

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2021

Dr Novak was very informative and answer all my questions.

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2021

Dr. Novak is wonderful.

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2021

I have a special place in my heart for Doctor Novack!!!!

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2021

I would recommend my doctor to anyone....the problem is that he has way too many patients!!!!!

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2021

Dr. Novak is a wonderful doctor.

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2021

He is an excellent doctor and cares for his patients.

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2021

Dr Novak and Sue were great. The Dr did a great job explaining everything and put me at ease. His nurse was wonderful and polite too. The whole automated system for scheduling appointments and trying to talk to different areas need improved. The other system before this one was a much better and user friendly. Thank you

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2021

Dr Novak was great and professional and explained everything so I was able to understand and made it feel at ease instead of tension because of the big medical talk that some doctors may use. I would recommend Dr Novak to everyone

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2021

Dr. Novak listened to my concerns, addressed them and solved the health issues I was having. My day to day life is much improved. Dr. Novak does not make you feel he does not have time to hear what you have to say. Thank you for transforming my life. I would suggest Dr. Novak to anyone. Such a positive experience!!

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2021

Excellent physician provider (Neurologist specializing in sleep disorders). Very courteous, kind, knowledgeable, professional, and gave very helpful explanations.

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2021

I can't say enough nice things about Dr. Novak. He was easy to talk to, quickly understood what I was saying. My case is complicated but instead of being flustered, he viewed it as a fun challenge. He was very knowledgeable and gave me confidence that his treatment was reliable.

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2021

Dr. Novak as always been very professional, caring, and genuinely interested in my heath and well-being.

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2021

We are very pleased with Dr. William Novak. He is very easy to work with and makes sure all our questions/concerns are answered.

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2021

good experience. Dr Novak is a very caring and understanding doctor .

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