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Hackensack University Medical Center Welcomes Martin Gizzi, M.D., Ph.D. as Director of Cerebrovascular Diseases

Martin Gizzi, M.D., Ph.D., was recently named the director, Division of Cerebrovascular Diseases at Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center.

Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center welcomes Martin Gizzi, M.D., as director, Division of Cerebrovascular Diseases at Hackensack University Medical Center, where he will lead the Comprehensive Stroke Center.

“Dr. Gizzi is a welcome addition to our Neuroscience Institute,” said Florian P. Thomas, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the Neuroscience Institute and the Department of Neurology, founding chair and professor, Department of Neurology, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University  “Dr. Gizzi’s expertise will elevate and advance the care we provide to our patients and their families.”

“Dr. Gizzi joins a world-class team in the Department of Neurology,” said Mark D. Sparta, FACHE, president and chief hospital executive, Hackensack University Medical Center and executive vice president, Population Health, Hackensack Meridian Health. “With his dedication to patient care excellence and his vast clinical expertise, I am confident that Dr. Gizzi will bring our stroke center to the next level.”

Prior to joining Hackensack University Medical Center, Dr. Gizzi was the director of Neurology for the Legacy Health System in Portland, Oregon. He also previously served as the chair of the Neuroscience Institute at JFK Medical Center and was professor and chair of Neuroscience at Seton Hall University School of Health and Medical Sciences.

“I will be reorganizing the stroke program at Hackensack University Medical Center with the creation of a dedicated inpatient neurology stroke service,” said Dr. Gizzi.  “In addition, I intend to create a tele-stroke program for our stroke neurologists in order to evaluate patients more quickly.”

Hackensack University Medical Center’s Comprehensive Stroke Center is the largest of its kind in Bergen County. Caring for more than 1,000 stroke patients annually, Hackensack University Medical Center is certified by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center and licensed as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.

“I intend to lead Hackensack University Medical Center to certification by the Joint Commission as a comprehensive stroke center, which will cement our role as the premiere hospital for advanced stroke care in New Jersey,” added Dr. Gizzi.

Dr. Gizzi holds an M.D. from the University of Miami and a PhD in neurophysiology from New York University. Dr. Gizzi was trained in neurology and neuro-ophthalmology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.  He is board-certified in neurology with subspecialty certification in vascular neurology.

Dr. Gizzi served as the chair of the New Jersey Department of Health’s Stroke Advisory Panel for 11 years. He is a past chair of the NorthEast Cerebrovascular Consortium, a regional section of the American Heart Association. He currently sits on the Technical Advisory Panels for Comprehensive Stroke Certification and Acute Stroke Ready Certification at the Joint Commission.

He received the American Heart Association’s Physician of the Year award in 2009, the New Jersey Office of Emergency Medical Services’ Director’s Award in 2010 and the American Stroke Association’s Community Conscience Award in 2012. A fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society, the American Neurotology Society and the American Heart Association, Dr. Gizzi has published numerous scientific articles in the fields of vision, eye movements, balance disorders and stroke.  Dr. Gizzi’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, NASA and private foundations.