Physician Detail

Duarte Goncalves Machado, MD

Co-Director, David & Rhoda Chase Family Movement Disorders Center

4.8 /5
134 surveys
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Practice

Hartford HealthCare Medical Group

Specialty

Neurology, Board Certified < Accepting new patients for this specialty

Areas of Interest

Ataxia, Blepharospasm, Botulinum Toxin Therapy, Choreas, Cognitive Disorders, Deep Brain Stimulation, Dementia, Dystonia, Essential Tremor, Facial Spasms, Gait Disorders, Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia, Huntington Disease, Hyperkinetic Movement Disorders, Movement Disorders, Myoclonus, Neurosciences, Parkinsonisms, Parkinson's Disease, Restless Leg Syndrome, Spasmodic Torticollis, Spinocerebellar Ataxia, Stiff Person Syndrome, Tardive Dyskinesia, Tics and Tourette Syndrome, Tourette Syndrome, Tremors

Physician Quicklink

https://hartfordhospital.org/DuarteMachado

Institute URL

https://hartfordhealthcare.org/neuro

Phone

860.870.6385

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Gender
Male

Languages
English


Office Locations


  • Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute

    5 Founders Street
    Suite 102
    Willimantic, CT 06226
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    Phone: 860.423.5000
    Fax: 860.423.4838

  • David & Rhoda Chase Family Movement Disorders Center

    280 South Main Street
    Suite 102
    Cheshire, CT 06410
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    Phone: 860.870.6385

  • David & Rhoda Chase Family Movement Disorders Center

    35 Talcottville Road
    Suite 6
    Vernon, CT 06066
    Tri City Plaza - Movement Disorders Center
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    Phone: 860.870.6385
    Fax: 860.870.0625


Bio

IT’S THE WORLD’S MOST COMMON ADULT MOVEMENT DISORDER…”ESSENTIAL TREMOR” – AFFECTING NEARLY 10-MILLION PEOPLE IN THE U-S, WHICH MORE THAN 2-PERCENT OF THE POPULATION.

JOINING US IS DR. DUARTE MACHADO…HE IS THE CO-DIRECTOR OF THE DAVID AND RHODA CHASE FAMILY MOVEMENT DISORDERS CENTER.

Q. FOR SOMETHING SO COMMON, MANY PEOPLE MAY NOT KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO HAVE ESSENTIAL TREMORS. COULD YOU EXPLAIN WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU HAVE THIS CONDITION?

A. Essential tremor is the most common movement disorder that presents as an action or postural tremor in the arms, hands, or head. Imaging studies suggest that essential tremor is correlated with neurodegeneration in a part of the brain called the cerebellum, which is involved in the coordination of movement.

Q. HOW DO YOU MANAGE TREMOR DISORDERS?

A. Current first-line medications include beta-blockers such as propranolol and anti-epileptics such as primidone. However, these medications are only partially effective at controlling tremors for some people in which case we use surgical treatments such as deep brain stimulation or DBS. Overall, DBS is the most effective treatment for essential tremor.

Q. HARTFORD HOSPITAL WAS CHOSEN AS ONE OF ONLY THREE SITES IN THE COUNTRY TO HOST THE “INTERNATIONAL ESSENTIAL TREMOR FOUNDATION EDUCATION FORUM.” WHAT CAN SOMEONE HOPE TO LEARN AT THIS FORUM?

A. We are very proud that Hartford was selected as a host city for this important forum, along with San Diego and St. Louis. At this forum, the executive director of the International Essential Tremor Foundation will speak about the important work of the foundation including research initiatives. I will speak on the diagnosis and treatment options for essential tremor. Finally, Amy Pace, an Occupational Therapist at Hartford HealthCare, will speak on coping with the physical effects of essential tremor on everyday living. The program will be exceptional.

Q. THERE IS ALSO A SUPPORT GROUP FOR PEOPLE WITH ESSENTIAL TREMORS. WHAT CAN THEY EXPECT TO GAIN FROM THESE GROUP MEETINGS?

A. In Connecticut, we are privileged to have a very strong and active support group which is led by Helen Moser. Meetings are held the first Saturday of every other month, and members can always expect a presentation on a particular facet of essential tremor, as well as review of recent medical research articles. Members also have the opportunity to participate in clinical trials or advisory committee’s related to new medications or medical devices for essential tremor. I thank Helen for all of her work in making the support group so successful and a national model.

CALL 1-855-HHC-HERE.

MOVEMENT DISORDERS ARE BEING TREATED IN A VARIETY OF WAYS – AND SOMETIMES IN A WAY YOU MIGHT NOT EXPECT… BUT WHAT IS A MOVEMENT DISORDER - IS A GROUP OF NEUROLOGICAL CONDITIONS THAT CAUSE ABNORMAL INCREASED MOVEMENTS, WHICH MAY BE VOLUNTARY OR INVOLUNTARY-SUCH AS PARKINSON’S DISEASE.

JOINING US IS DR. DUARTE MACHADO, CO-DIRECTOR OF THE DAVID & RHODA CHASE FAMILY MOVEMENT DISORDERS CENTER AT HARTFORD HEALTHCARE.

Q. THERE HAVE BEEN MANY ADVANCES IN THE TREATMENT OF MOVEMENT DISORDERS… WHAT ARE YOU SEEING HELP THESE DISORDERS?

A. In recent years, there has been tremendous growth in new diagnostic information, pharmacological and neurosurgical treatments for movement disorders, as well as a greater understanding of impaired motor control function. At the new Chase Family Movement Disorders Center, we will offer the opportunity to be part of leading-edge research in the field, as well as new options for treatment as they become available. I tell my patients that right now, we have over 20 different medications for Parkinson's disease, and every couple of years, new treatment options become available. We have a lot to offer and great optimism that there is a lot more to come.

Q. CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT THIS NEW CHASE FAMILY MOVEMENT DISORDERS CENTER IN CHESHIRE?

A. I am excited to expand our comprehensive services and exceptional clinical team in our new state-of-the-art 49,000 sq feet Hartford HealthCare HealthCenter in Cheshire. Our patients will have access to imaging, laboratory services, and physical therapy, primary care, and over 20 different specialties all under one roof. Yet what makes this Center unique is that we will also offer yoga, tai chi, boxing, dance, acupuncture, massage, support groups, and educational programs to patients and families in beautiful spaces. Our wellness programs help patients not only manage their disease, but enhance their lives.

THANK YOU DR. MACHADO FOR SHARING THIS IMPORTANT INFORMATION.

THERE ARE SUPPORT GROUPS FOR PEOPLE WITH MOVEMENT DISORDERS OFFERED BY HARTFORD HEALTHCARE. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL 1-855-HHC-HERE.

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Education

Medical School

  • University of Connecticut School of Medicine MD

Internship

  • Yale University School of Medicine

Residency

  • Yale University School of Medicine

Fellowship

  • Yale University School of Medicine

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Insurance Accepted*

Aetna

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