Meet the Author

Dr. David Novick

David M. Novick, MD was born in New York, NY. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Duke University, Durham, NC, and his MD from State University of New York – Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY. He completed a Fellowship in Hepatology (liver disease) at the Royal Free Hospital, London, England, and a Gastroenterology Fellowship at the Yale University-affiliated Norwalk Hospital, Norwalk, CT.

For 12 years, he was on the full-time staff of Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY, where his work focused on hepatology and addictive diseases. During this time he began an association with the Laboratory for the Biology of Addictive Diseases at The Rockefeller University, New York, NY; he is currently a guest investigator there and continues his research interest and advocacy for treatment of addiction. Dr. Novick is board-certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology.

For the past 25 years, Dr. Novick has been in the private practice of gastroenterology with Digestive Specialists, Inc. in Dayton, OH and routinely performs colonoscopy and upper GI endoscopy. He is proud to say that his adenoma detection rate, a major measure of quality for colonoscopy, is way above national benchmarks. Dr. Novick has a special interest in liver disease and especially antiviral therapy for hepatitis B and C. He is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. He has also authored more than 70 medical publications on hepatitis B, C, and D, liver cirrhosis, HIV infection, colon polyps, medication-assisted treatment of opioid addiction, and related topics. Dr. Novick is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians and of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, and a member of several GI and addiction organizations.

Dr. Novick has always valued good humor. Through his experiences and lengthy career, Dr. Novick has cited the connection between humor and his profession, “I started out collecting funny stories, but soon realized that they might have a serious purpose,” said Novick. “To educate and encourage people to get the medical care they need and ultimately to save lives."

He has won eight top-three awards in the monthly humor contest on He attended the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop in Dayton, OH in 2012 and 2014 and received an honorable mention in the 2014 Erma Bombeck Writing Competition (read the essay). He also has attended seminars sponsored by Thurber House in Columbus, OH and by the Antioch Writers’ Workshop.

Aside from humor writing, Dr. Novick enjoys the art of photography, with his camera tending to focus on animals in their natural habitat.



  • Clinical Professor of Medicine, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dayton, OH
  • Adjunct Faculty, The Rockefeller University, New York, NY


  • 2015 Writer's Digest Annual Conference, New York, NY, July 31-August 2, 2015
  • Thurber House Writing Workshop, "The Unique Art of Humor Writing," Columbus, OH, October 7, 2013
  • Antioch Writers’ Workshop Seminar. “Writing Dynamite Dialogue,” Tim Waggoner, Books & Co., Beavercreek, OH, September 8, 2013
  • Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, April 19-21, 2012 and April 10-12, 2014.


  • Fellow, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, 2014
  • Honorable Mention in the 2014 Erma Bombeck Writing Competition, Human Interest Category
  • Kettering Medical Center, Kettering, OH: 20-Year Faculty Award, 2011
  • Outstanding Volunteer Award, Reach Out of Montgomery County, 1999-2000
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians, 1985


  • American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, 2004
  • College on Problems of Drug Dependence, 1995
  • American College of Gastroenterology, 1991
  • American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, 1983
  • American College of Physicians, 1978


  • Yale University/Norwalk Hospital, Norwalk, Connecticut:
    • Fellow in Gastroenterology and Nutrition, 1990-1991
  • The Royal Free Hospital, London, United Kingdom:
    • Research Fellow in Hepatology, 1983-1984
  • Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, New York:
    • Chief Medical Resident, July 1, 1976 – September 30, 1976
    • Resident in Medicine, 1975-1977
    • Intern in Medicine, 1974-1975
Author & Gastroenterologist David Novick, MD
Dr, David Novick, Humor Writer

View Dr. Novick’s Publication List

ABIM Click to Verify ABIM Certification

Dr. Novick is Board Certified in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine. He has been recertified in Gastroenterology in 2001 and 2011.