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David J. Novak, MD


Physician assistants / nurse practitioners

OrthoVirginia Offices

Dr. David Novak specializes in sports medicine, especially knee and shoulder surgery. He finds great satisfaction in watching someone recover from an injury and return to their daily activities and chose orthopedic surgery so he could have a direct impact on his patients’ quality of life. Dr. Novak participates in clinical research, trains other orthopedic surgeons in advanced shoulder arthroscopy, and serves as a team physician for local high schools. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, running, and skiing.

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Finding great satisfaction in watching someone recover from an injury and return to living, Dr. David Novak chose the field of orthopedic surgery because he wanted to have a direct impact on the quality of life of his patients. After earning a BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Novak received his medical degree from Georgetown University where he was named a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the National Medical Honor Society. He remained in Washington, DC, at Georgetown University Medical Center to complete a residency in orthopedic surgery. He then completed advanced fellowship training in sports medicine and arthroscopy at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute in Los Angeles, California.

Dr. Novak worked intensively with some of the best sports and arthroscopic surgeons in the country during his fellowship training and today is able to perform advanced arthroscopic techniques for a number of orthopedic problems. His special interests include sports medicine and sports injuries, complex problems of the shoulder, elbow, and knee, arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, arthroscopic shoulder stabilization for loose or dislocating shoulder, ACL and ligament reconstruction, meniscus repair, and cartilage restoration of the knee, and adult joint reconstruction. He has significant experience in replacement of the shoulder and knee, including MAKO robot assisted partial and total knee replacement and GPS-navigated anatomic and reverse shoulder replacement.

Active in academia, Dr. Novak participates in clinical research and trains other orthopedic surgeons in advanced shoulder arthroscopy at national meetings. He serves as an assistant team physician for D.C. United, team physician for Centerville High School, Chantilly High School, and Flint Hill School and previously served as the Washington Redskins team physician for six seasons from 2008-2011 and 2013-2016.

In his spare time, Dr. Novak enjoys spending time with his family, running, and skiing.