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Zdenek Novak, M.D., Ph.D., M.S.H.I.


Areas of Interest
outcomes research, quality initiative and quality improvements, data management and analysis


Dr. Novak received his M.D. from the First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, and completed his internal medicine residency at General Teaching Hospital, Prague, Czech Republic. After postgraduate fellowship in the Department of Immunology, Institute of Microbiology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, he came to UAB as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Pathology and then Department of Pediatrics. In the meantime, he obtained an M.S. in Health Informatics at UAB and a Ph.D. in medical immunology from Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic. In 2012, he joined the Department of Surgery in the Division of Vascular Surgery. In 2017, he became a Vascular Surgery faculty member.

Selected Publications

Abdul-Haqq R, Novak Z, Pearce BJ, Matthews TC, Patterson MA, Jordan WD, Passman MA. Routine Follow-up Surveillance of Iliac Vein Stents for Iliocaval Venous Obstruction May Not be Warranted. Journal of Vascular Surgery. Journal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders Volume 5, Issue 4, July 2017, Pages 500-505

Leithead CL, Matthews TC, Pearce BJ, Novak Z, Patterson MA, Passman MA, Jordan WD. Analysis of Emergency Vascular Surgery Consults Within a Tertiary Healthcare System. Journal of Vasc Surg. Volume 63, Issue 1, 1 January 2016, Pages 177-181

Pearce BJ, Varu VN, Glocker R, Novak Z, Jordan WD, Lee JT. Anatomic Suitability of Aortoiliac Aneurysms for Next Generation Branched Systems. Annals of Vasc. Surgery. Volume 29, Issue 1, 1 January 2015, Pages 69-75

Glocker RJ, Awonuga O, Novak Z, Pearce B, Matthews T, Patterson M, Jordan WD Jr, Passman M. Bedside Inferior Vena Cava Filter Placement Using IVUS in Critically Ill Patients is Safe and Effective Over an Extended Time. Journal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders Volume 2, Issue 4, 1 October 2014, Pages 377-382.

Alcocer F, Novak Z, Combs BR, Lowman BG, Passman MA, Mujib M, Jordan WD. Dual antiplatelet therapy (Clopidogrel and Aspirin) is associated with increased all-cause mortality after Carotid Revascularization for Asymptomatic Carotid Disease. J Vasc Surg. 2014 Apr;59(4):950-5. doi: 10.1016

Keith Jr., C.J., Passman, M.A., Gaffud, M.J., Novak, Z., Pearce, B.J., Matthews, T.C., Patterson, M.A., Jordan Jr., W.D. Comparison of outcomes following endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms based on size threshold. Journal of Vascular Surgery 2013, 58 (6) , pp. 1458-1466

Ross SA, Novak Z, Pati S, Boppana SB. Overview of the diagnosis of cytomegalovirus infection. Infect Disord Drug Targets. 2011 Oct 1;11(5):466-74. PMID: 21827433

Boppana SB, Ross SA, Shimamura M, Palmer AL, Ahmed A, Michaels MG, Sánchez PJ, Bernstein DI, Tolan RW Jr, Novak Z, Chowdhury N, Britt WJ, Fowler KB; National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders CHIMES Study. Saliva polymerase-chain-reaction assay for cytomegalovirus screening in newborns. N Engl J Med. 2011 Jun 2;364(22):2111-8. PMID: 21631323

Boppana SB, Ross SA, Novak Z, Shimamura M, Tolan RW, Palmer AL, Ahmed A, Michaels MG, Sanchez PJ, Bernstein DI, Britt WJ, Fowler KB. Dried blood spot real-time polymerase chain reaction assays to screen newborns for congenital cytomegalovirus infection. JAMA 2010; 303 (14): 1375-1382 PMCID:PMC2997571

Novak Z, Ross SA, Patro RK, Pati SK, Kumbla RA, Brice S, Boppana S; Cytomegalovirus Strain Diversity in Seropositive Women, Journal of Clinical Microbiology, Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 2008 Mar;46(3):882-6.


Medical School
Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

General Teaching Hospital, Prague, Czech Republic

General Teaching Hospital, Prague, Czech Republic

Postdoctoral Training
Czech Academy of Science, Prague, Czech Republic

Postdoctoral Fellowship
University of Alabama at Birmingham

M.S. Health Informatics
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Ph.D. Medical Immunology
Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic


Campus Address
BDB 645

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