Sarasota Surgeons Join SMH’s First Physicians Network

Sarasota Surgeons Join SMH’s First Physicians Network

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

SARASOTA, Fla. – (Dec. 6, 2017) – Sarasota Memorial Health Care System welcomed two of Sarasota’s longstanding surgeons into its First Physician Group (FPG) network this week.


Dr. John Nora, FACS, and Dr. Russell Novak, FACS, officially joined the health system’s network of primary and specialty physicians on Monday under the new practice name First Physicians Group General Surgery at Medical Arts.


Board-certified general surgeons, Drs. Nora and Novak have been in private practice at Sarasota Surgical Associates for 28 years and 31 years, respectively. They specialize in a wide range of minimally invasive laparoscopic, robotic and traditional surgical treatments for diseases and conditions of the abdomen, breast and soft tissues, including gastrointestinal, breast, hernia and thyroid surgeries.


Both have held multiple leadership positions at Sarasota Memorial over the years. Among other appointments, Dr. Novak has served on the Medical Executive Committee and as past chief of Surgery, while Dr. Nora helped develop Sarasota Memorial’s successful bariatric surgery program with clinical outcomes that exceed national averages.


In addition to scheduled procedures, Drs. Nora and Novak will help provide 24/7 emergency-call coverage for hospitalized patients, providing consults in the ER, performing emergency procedures that are needed and covering for general surgeons in the area. The addition of the surgeons to the hospital-owned physician network reflects a regional effort to address a shortage of primary and specialty physicians in Florida and an increasing focus on population health, a nationwide initiative that encourages collaboration and partnerships among providers to better prevent disease and promote the health of patients.


Besides a new practice name, there will be virtually no detectible changes for Drs. Nora and Novak’s existing patients. The surgeons will continue to be based in their Medical Arts office, 1951 Arlington St., Ste. 310, Sarasota, FL 34239. The phone number (941-917-6300), Patient Portal links, insurances accepted and out-of-pocket expenses also will remain the same.


About Sarasota Memorial’s First Physicians Group (

First Physicians Group is a network of primary and specialty care physicians employed by Sarasota Memorial Health Care System to help fill the gaps caused by a shortage of primary care physicians in the region. Backed by the tradition and strength of Sarasota Memorial, the group of more than 170 primary and specialty care physicians and advanced practice providers have been carefully selected and recruited to provide the community with compassionate and comprehensive medical care. Specialties include: Cardiovascular, Orthopedic Trauma and General Surgery; Internal Medicine and Family Practice; Pediatrics; Perinatology and Obstetrics/ Gynecology; Gynecological Oncology and Gastrointestinal Oncology; Dermatology; Palliative Care; and Pain Management.