Novy, a gregarious sports fan, die-hard car enthusiast and full-on foodie, is often described by friends as a “teddy bear” -- endlessly outgoing, creative, confident, thoughtful, and enthusiastic. Still, Novy was no stranger to adversity. His older brother, David, had been born with severe cerebral palsy. From the time he was a child, Novy had watched his mother devote herself tirelessly to his brother’s care. Then at sixteen, he’d lost his father, who’d been on a waiting list for a heart and lung transplant, to cardiac failure. “Becoming a doctor became a way to fill the void left by my father because it wasn’t like he died of a rare illness,” Novy says. “He died of cardiovascular disease -- the leading cause of death in the United States.”
Inspired by his father, Novy steadily pursued a future in healthcare. After his second year at Nassau community college, he transferred to Cornell and obtained a Master’s in Physiology at New York Medical College before receiving his hard-won acceptance into the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami. A school which, as a part of its matriculation process, required vaccination screenings.