Metuchen Resident To Be Honored With American Stroke Association Award

METUCHEN – The American Stroke Association (ASA), a division of the American Heart Association, will be honoring Metuchen resident, Martin S. Gizzi, MD, PhD, chairman of the JFK NJ Neuroscience Institute located inside of JFK Medical Center in Edison and the chair of the Stroke Advisory Panel for the New Jersey Department of Health, with the Founders Affiliate American Stroke Association Community Conscious Award for his public work with improving stroke care in New Jersey.

The award will be presented at the 7th Annual Summit of The NorthEast Cerebrovascular Consortium (NECC) at the Westin Boston Waterfront on Oct. 18-19. The awards reception will be held on Thursday, Oct. 18 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. in the Galleria Hall at the Westin Boston Waterfront, Boston, Mass.

The American Stroke Association Community Conscience Award is given annually to an individual or group that has been an advocate for policy change supported by the AHA/ASA to improve stroke systems of care including: prevention, treatment and rehabilitation for stroke patients within the northeast region. This award was formerly presented to Greater Boston area recipients and this year has been expanded to the Founders Affiliate Region of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Dr. Gizzi is chairman of the JFK NJ Neuroscience Institute located inside of JFK Medical Center in Edison and is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neuroscience for Seton Hall University School of Health and Medical Sciences in South Orange. He holds an MD from the University of Miami and a PhD from New York University.

Dr. Gizzi received fellowship training in neuro-ophthalmology and completed a residency in neurology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. He is board-certified in neurology with added qualifications in vascular neurology. His research has been funded by the NIH, NASA and industry. Dr. Gizzi founded the residency program in neurology at Seton Hall, which now has fellowship programs in vascular neurology, neurocritical care and interventional surgical neuroradiology.

Dr. Gizzi has been active at both the state and national levels in advancing stroke care. In 2000 he worked with state Sen. Barbara Buono to write the legislation that created a statewide designation process for primary and comprehensive stroke centers. As the chair of the Stroke Advisory Panel for the New Jersey Department of Health, along with the Panel, they developed the comprehensive NJ Acute Stroke Registry. He has also served on the Stroke Steering Committee for the National Quality Forum developing core measures of stroke quality of care and currently sits on the Technical Advisory Panel for the Joint Commission’s Comprehensive Stroke Center program.

Due in part to the efforts of Dr. Gizzi, New Jersey was able to implement a statewide stroke system of care and over 95% of residents live within 30 miles of a designated stroke center. His leadership has made New Jersey only one of a handful of states that designated Primary and Comprehensive stroke centers. Dr. Gizzi has also been involved for several years with The NECC and improving stroke systems of care across the region.

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