Benjamin S Abella, MD MPhil

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Professor of Emergency Medicine
Department: Emergency Medicine
Graduate Group Affiliations

Contact information
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Emergency Department, Ground Ravdin
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-279-3452
Fax: 215-573-2701
BA (Biochemistry)
Washington University , 1992.
MPhil (Genetics)
Cambridge University, 1993.
MD (Medicine)
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 1998.
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Description of Research Expertise

Dr. Abella studies sudden cardiac arrest, a leading cause of death that claims over 300,000 lives each year in the United States. Specifically, projects within his clinical research team include: (1) evaluation of CPR and resuscitation performance, (2) testing new methods to teach CPR in the community, (3) prognostication of neurologic outcomes after cardiac arrest, and (4) methods to improve the application of therapeutic hypothermia. Dr. Abella is also the developer and Medical Director of a novel training course for therapeutic hypothermia use in the hospital setting.

Dr. Abella has published scholarly work in numerous professional journals including JAMA and Circulation, and has authored review monographs and textbook chapters on cardiac arrest and resuscitation. He serves on the American Heart Association Emergency Cardiovascular Care task force and has participated in developing international CPR guidelines. He has won a number of honors for his research, clinical care in the Emergency Department and his teaching of residents and medical students, and has lectured widely on the topics of cardiac arrest and post-arrest hypothermia treatment. The investigative work of Dr. Abella’s team is supported by funding from the NIH and Medtronic Foundation, as well as industry sources.

Description of Clinical Expertise

emergency care, cardiovascular emergencies, post-arrest critical care

Selected Publications

McGovern SK, Blewer AL, Murray A, Leary M, Abella BS, Merchant RM: Characterizing barriers to CPR training attainment using Twitter. Resuscitation Mar 2018.

Leary M, Buckler DG, Ikeda DJ, Saraiva DA, Berg RA, Nadkarni VM, Blewer AL, Abella BS: The association of layperson characteristics with the quality of simulated cardiopulmonary resuscitation performance. World J Emerg Med Page: 12-18, Aug 2017.

Kragholm K, Malta Hansen C, Dupre ME, Xian Y, Strauss B, Tyson C, Monk L, Corbett C, Fordyce CB, Pearson DA, Fosbøl EL, Jollis JG, Abella BS, McNally B, Granger CB: Direct Transport to a Percutaneous Cardiac Intervention Center and Outcomes in Patients With Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes Jun 2017.

Gaieski DF, Agarwal AK, Abella BS, Neumar RW, Mechem C, Cater SW, Shofer FS, Leary M, Pajerowski WP, Becker LB, Carr B, Merchant R, Band RA: Adult out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in philadelphia from 2008–2012: An epidemiological study. Resuscitation 115: 17-22, Jun 2017.

Balu R, Weinstein J, Mallela A, Abella BS, Levine JM: Reply to: Accurate neuroprognostication in cardiac arrest survivors: Details matter! Resuscitation Jun 2017.

Blewer AL, Ibrahim SA, Leary M, Dutwin D, McNally B, Anderson ML, Morrison LJ, Aufderheide TP, Daya M, Idris AH, Callaway CW, Kudenchuk PJ, Vilke GM, Abella BS: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Training Disparities in the United States. J Am Heart Assoc May 2017.

Grossestreuer AV, Gaieski DF, Donnino MW, Wiebe DJ, Abella BS: Magnitude of temperature elevation is associated with neurologic and survival outcomes in resuscitated cardiac arrest patients with postrewarming pyrexia. J Crit Care 38: 78-83, April 2017.

Wilson M, Grossestreuer AV, Gaieski DF, Abella BS, Frohna W, Goyal M: Incidence of coronary intervention in cardiac arrest survivors with non-shockable initial rhythms and no evidence of ST-elevation MI (STEMI). Resuscitation 13: 83-86, Apr 2017.

Weinstein J, Mallela AN, Abella BS, Levine JM, Balu R: Excellent neurologic recovery after prolonged coma in a cardiac arrest patient with multiple poor prognostic indicators. Resuscitation 113: e11-e12, Apr 2017.

Donnino MW, Liu X, Andersen LW, Rittenberger JC, Abella BS, Gaieski DF, Ornato JP, Gazmuri RJ, Grossestreuer AV, Cocchi MN, Abbate A, Uber A, Clore J, Peberdy MA, Callaway CW; National Post Arrest Research Consortium (NPARC) Investigators: Characterization of mitochondrial injury after cardiac arrest (COMICA). Resuscitation 113: 56-62, Apr 2017.

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Last updated: 04/11/2018
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