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Richard M. Novak, MD

Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases

Harry F. Dowling Professor of Medicine

Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases


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Dr. Novak is the Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases. He has decades of experience in clinical trials including HIV vaccine trials, HIV therapeutic trials and COVID-19 vaccine studies. Dr. Novak has been actively involved in HIV clinical care and research for over 30 years and serves as the Director of the UIC Community Clinic Network (UCCN), which he began in 1991. The UCCN clinic network is a community-based clinic model that serves communities throughout the city of Chicago.

List Accomplishments/Awards/Honor:
2019 Pioneer in Medicine Award
2017 Clinical Sciences Distinguished Researcher and Scholar of the Year
2014 Faculty of the Year, Department of Medicine
2014 Fellow, Infectious Diseases Society of America
2014 Harry F. Dowling Endowed Chair of Medicine and Infectious Diseases


Medical School: Rush University
Residency: University of Illinois at Chicago
Fellowship: University of Illinois at Chicago