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Tessa Novick, M.D., MSW


The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

New York University


Residency, Internal Medicine
Osler Medical Housestaff Training Program, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Fellowship, Nephrology
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


Tessa Novick, M.D., MSW, MHS, is a nephrologist with a primary clinical interest in caring for people with kidney disease who come from marginalized populations.

Originally a Texas native, Novick grew up in North Dallas. She is a proud graduate of New York University, where she attained a bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work. She has previous experience working with people experiencing homelessness and individuals experiencing substance use disorders. She ultimately became a physician to combine social work and medicine by addressing the medical needs of people with complex medical issues in their environment.

Novick earned her medical degree with honors at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. She completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in nephrology at Johns Hopkins. During her time in residency and fellowship, she was known for her professionalism, work ethic, clinical skills and resident teaching.

Novick’s research training includes a master’s of health science in epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research interests include disparities in kidney disease, social determinants of health and improving care delivery for marginalized people with kidney disease. She is particularly interested immigrant populations with kidney disease, pain medications and the impact of housing on clinical outcomes in kidney disease.

Professional Affiliations
  • American Society of Nephrology
  • National Kidney Foundation
  • Renal Physicians Association
  • Travis County Medical Society
Awards & Honors
  • Delta Omega Honor Society in Public Health
    Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2019
  • International Scholar
    Philanthropic Educational Organization, 2013
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
    UT Southwestern, 2012
  • President's Volunteer Service Gold Award
    UT Southwestern 2011-2013