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Richard Novak, MD

Richard Novak MD
Division Chief

Professor of Medicine
University of Illinois at Chicago
Section of Infectious Diseases
808 S. Wood St. Rm 888 MC 735
Chicago, IL 60612
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Dr. Richard Novak is a professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he has worked for the past 31 years, dividing his time between teaching, research and patient care.

He has been actively involved in HIV clinical care for 25 years and serves as the Director of the UIC HIV Community Clinic Network (HCCN), which he began in 1991, and is largely supported by the Ryan White Care Act, Parts A, B, C and D. The HCCN is a network of seven HIV community-based clinical and research sites located throughout Chicago, serving about 1200 active patients.

He is the principal investigator of the clinical trials unit for the NIAID-funded HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN). Known as Project WISH, the site focuses on clinical prevention research on women at high risk for HIV infection and men who have sex with men, and has a number of HIV preventive vaccine and microbicide trials in the completed, ongoing or planning stages.

Dr. Novak is the site P.I. for the CDC sponsored HIV Outpatient Study, a multicenter observational database. He also is an investigator for the START study sponsored by the INSIGHT network and NIAID.

He participates in many industry-sponsored clinical trials in HIV-infected patients, from phase I through phase 4. His laboratory research has focused on the immunopathogenesis of HIV transmission in women. This is primarily translational research on factors that may influence HIV transmission in populations at risk for HIV infection participating in other HIV prevention research trials. He also studies the interaction of HIV with co-pathogens found commonly in persons with HIV infection.

He has written and co-authored more than 75 original research papers, reviews and book chapters in the medical literature.