About Us -

Dr. Melanie Novak, M.D.

Speciality: Interventional Pain Management
Board Certifications:
   American Board of Anesthesiology
   American Board of Interventional Pain Management

Bio Sketch

Dr. Novak is Board-Certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, specializing in interventional pain management. She has practiced medicine for over 28 years.

Dr. Novak is proficient in all areas of interventional pain management. She performs injections in the cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacral regions of the spine, as well as injections on various joints. The procedures she performs include epidural steroid injections, facet joint/medial branch block injections, selective nerve root (transforaminal epidural steroid) injections, cervical and lumbar sympathetic nerve blocks and cervical, lumbar and sacral rhizotomies utilizing radiofrequency ablation. Dr. Novak also performs various joint injections including sacroiliac, shoulder, elbow, hip and knee.

Dr. Novak earned her Bachelors degree in biology, Magna Cum Laude, from Marquette University in Milwaykee, Wisconsin. She attended Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago. After medical school, Dr. Novak completed a transitional year at Medical College of Georgia, followed by her residency (Anesthesiology) at Medical College of Georgia. After completing her residency, Dr. Novak completed a Pain Management Fellowship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pain Medicine.

Dr. Novak is a member of American Pain Society, American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and International Spine Injection Society. She has received numerous honors including the Reinsurance Reporter Author Award, Alpha Sigma Nu - The National Jesuit Honor Society and Zeta Scholar Award - Phi Beta Kappa.

In her free time, Dr. Novak enjoys gardening, scuba diving with her daughter, ballroom dancing and reading.


Postgraduate Training


  • American Pain Society

  • American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians

  • International Spine Injection Society


  • Reinsurance Reporter Author Award – 2001

  • Alpha Sigma Nu – The National Jesuit Honor Society, 1981

  • Zeta Scholar Award – Phi Beta Kappa, 1980


  • State of Michigan: 2002

  • Board Certified American Board of Anesthesiology

  • Board Certified American Board of Pain Medicine

  • National Board of Medical Examiners

Patient Testimonials

"I have had 2 separate surgeries with Dr. Jagannathan, and he was great with both. The staff is amazing! I'm in better shape now then before. I will definitely make the 6 hour trip when the time comes for my next surgery."

- TammySteve

"He has done my Lumbar and Cervical... he is one Doctor that TRULY cares before and after the surgeries."

- Ed

"Dr. Jagannathan did a TLIF/Cage/Fusion and I came out of the hospital feeling much better than when I went it. He does excellent work."

- Connie

We are affiliated with these Hospital Systems

Garden City Hospital MidMichigan Health System Michigan Surgical Hospital Helen Newberry Joy Hospital