Physician Detail

Gabriel Martz, MD

Director, Epilepsy Center, Ayer Neuroscience Institute


Practice

Hartford HealthCare Medical Group

Specialty

Neurology, Board Certified < Accepting new patients for this specialty
Neurophysiology, Board Certified < Accepting new patients for this specialty

Areas of Interest

Epilepsy, Seizures, Temporal Lobe Seizures

Physician Quicklink

https://hartfordhospital.org/GabrielMartz

Institute URL

https://hartfordhealthcare.org/neuro

Phone

860.972.3621

Call for Appointment

Gender
Male

Languages
English
Spanish


Office Locations


  • Hartford HealthCare Medical Group at Hartford Hospital Department of Neurology

    85 Seymour Street
    Suite 815
    Hartford, CT 06106
    Medical Office Building
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    Phone: 860.972.3621
    Fax: 860.545.5003


Bio

YOU MAY NOTICE WHEN YOU’RE OUT PURPLE PUMPKINS AROUND. IT’S MEANT TO GRAB YOUR ATTENTION. IT’S TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH EPILEPSY. NEARLY 60 THOUSAND PEOPLE IN CONNECTICUT LIVE WITH EPILEPSY EVERY DAY.

JOINING US FROM HARTFORD HOSPITAL IS DOCTOR GABRIEL MARTZ—Director of The Epilepsy Center At the Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute.

Q. The purple pumpkin was started right here in Connecticut… Other than raising awareness what is the goal?

A. Purple pumpkin founder Ron Lamontagne was brainstorming ideas on how to spread epilepsy awareness. The local pumpkin patch provided the solution. Since kids would soon be carving and decorating pumpkins, he thought why not make one purple and tell people about epilepsy when asked… Why is Ron's Pumpkin Purple? Ron’s youngest son was diagnosed with Epilepsy in 2009 at the age of four.

Q. SEIZURES CAN SOMETIMES CATCH PEOPLE OFF GUARD COME OUT OF NOWHERE, WHAT IS EPILEPSY?

A. Epilepsy is recurrent, unprovoked seizures – caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Epilepsy is different from person to person. Seizures typically last from a few seconds to a few minutes and consist of convulsions or shaking. Other times, a patient will simply become unresponsive and stare into space. There’s no one-size-fits-all seizure; in fact, some patients with epilepsy experience more than one type of seizure.

Q. What Is Refractory Epilepsy?

A. If your doctor says you have refractory epilepsy, it means that medicine isn't bringing your seizures under control. You might hear the condition called by some other names, such as uncontrolled, intractable, or drug-resistant epilepsy. There are other things to help keep your seizures under better control.

Q. AT HARTFORD HOSPITAL YOU HAVE A 24-HOUR MONITORING UNIT - HOW THIS IS HELPING TO TREAT PATIENTS?

A. For some patients, it is hard to tell by description alone whether the symptoms they are experiencing are seizures or something else. We can admit these patients to our specialized inpatient unit and make a definitive diagnosis. In our patients who continue to have seizures despite medical therapy, we can record the seizures in our unit and collect the information we need to determine if there may be a surgical cure for their seizures. And for some patients who can’t come into the hospital, we also offer video and EEG monitoring that can be done in a person’s home for up to 72 hours.

Q. HOW SERIOUS OF A PROBLEM IS EPILEPSY?

A. Well, it is estimated that over 60,000 people in the state of CT alone have epilepsy. Our mission is to provide the most advanced care to our patients and to stop their seizures.

Q. WHAT ARE THE STEPS IF SOMEONE HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED? TAKE US THROUGH WHAT HAPPENS…

A. Well if you or someone who know has a single or recurrent seizures, they are often seen first by a primary care doctor or an emergency department. From there, a referral can be made to our center. We provide comprehensive care from our team of epilepsy specialists, psychologists, and support services.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT EPILEPSY CALL 855.HHC.HERE.


Education

Medical School

  • University of Massachusetts MD

Internship

  • Washington University, Internal Medicine

Residency

  • Washington University, Neurology

Fellowship

  • University of Virginia, Clinical Neurophysiology/EEG and Epilepsy

Research Fellowship

  • University of Virginia, Epilepsy Research and Clinical Epilepsy

Professional Organizations

American Academy of Neurology, Representative
American Epilepsy Society, Chair, Practice Management Committee
American Board of Registration of EEG and EP Technologists, Member


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Insurance Accepted*

Aetna

*This information is subject to change at any time. Please check with your insurance provider before scheduling your appointment or receiving services to confirm they are a participating member of the Hartford HealthCare network.



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