George Novan, M.D.

Associate Dean and Clinical Professor
WSU Medical Sciences

M.D. University of California, Los Angeles

Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Los Angeles

Residency & Fellowships
Internal Medicine Residency, University of California Irvine Medical Center

Infectious Diseases Fellowship, University of California Irvine School of Medicine

Fellow, American College of Physicians


Dr. George Novan is the course chair for the Introduction to Clinical Medicine course for the WSU Spokane first-year medical students and EWU RIDE dental students. He is also a lecturer in the Microbiology course for first year medical students. He has developed and teaches an elective in medical thinking and reasoning open to both medical students and WSU doctor of pharmacy students. Novan also teaches internal medicine residents and third year UW medical students in his duties as an internal medicine residency faculty member.


Additional Information

Novan is an alumnus of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) where he earned a Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Medicine. He did his internal medicine residency, chief residency and infectious diseases fellowship at the University of California Irvine School of Medicine. He remained a clinical faculty member, later directing that university’s internal medicine residency training component at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, California. From 1990-2001, Novan was the residency program director for Internal Medicine Residency Spokane, the University of Washington affiliated residency program, with services at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Deaconess Medical Center. From 1991-2011, he was the clerkship director for the University of Washington third-year medical students doing their internal medicine training in Spokane. He remains a faculty member in the internal medicine residency program currently teaching both residents and third year students. He is board certified in both internal medicine and infectious disease and is also a fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Novan has garnered numerous awards. The most recent award was the Richard M. Tucker Excellence in Teaching from the UW Department of Medicine, a lifetime achievement award. He has received the UW Department of Medicine WWAMI Excellence in Teaching award four times (in 1998, 2002, 2009 and 2011). He has received the University of Washington School of Medicine WWAMI Distinguished Teacher Award twice (in 2002 and 2009). In 2009, he received the WSU Spokane WWAMI Teacher of the Year award. In 2008, the Washington Chapter of the American College of Physicians awarded him their Laureate Award for commitment to excellence in medical care, education and service to the community. The Spokane County Medical Society named Novan its Spokane Physician/Citizen of the Year in 2010.