Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Center for Resuscitation Science

Benjamin S Abella

Benjamin S Abella, MD MPhil

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Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Department: Emergency Medicine

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 200,000 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.

Selected Publications

Giberson B, Uber A, Gaieski DF, Miller JB, Wira C, Berg K, Giberson T, Cocchi MN, Abella BS, Donnino MW: When to Stop CPR and When to Perform Rhythm Analysis: Potential Confusion Among ACLS Providers. Journal of intensive care medicine 31(8): 537-43, Sep 2016 Notes: doi: 10.1177/0885066614561589.

Blewer AL, Buckler DG, Li J, Leary M, Becker LB, Shea JA, Groeneveld PW, Putt ME, Abella BS: Impact of the 2010 resuscitation guidelines training on layperson chest compressions. World Journal of Emergency Medicine 6(4): 270-6, Dec 2015.

Perman SM, Grossestreuer AV, Wiebe DJ, Carr BG, Abella BS, Gaieski DF: The Utility of Therapeutic Hypothermia for Post-Cardiac Arrest Syndrome Patients With an Initial Nonshockable Rhythm. Circulation 132(22): 2146-51, Dec 2015.

Ioannides KLH, Mamtani M, Shofer FS, Small DS, Hennessy S, Abella BS, Scott KR: Medical Students in the Emergency Department and Patient Length of Stay. JAMA 314(22): 2411-3, Dec 2015.

Ramjee V, Grossestreuer AV, Yao Y, Perman SM, Leary M, Kirkpatrick JN, Forfia PR, Kolansky DM, Abella BS, Gaieski DF: Right ventricular dysfunction after resuscitation predicts poor outcomes in cardiac arrest patients independent of left ventricular function. Resuscitation 96: 186-91, Nov 2015.

Couper K, Kimani PK, Abella BS, Chilwan M, Cooke MW, Davies RP, Field RA, Gao F, Quinton S, Stallard N, Woolley S, Perkins GD: The System-Wide Effect of Real-Time Audiovisual Feedback and Postevent Debriefing for In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest: The Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Quality Improvement Initiative. Critical Care Medicine 43(11): 2321-31, Nov 2015.

Abella BS, Varon J, Föedisch M, Tisherman S: Cooling Strategies Outside the Central Nervous System. Therapeutic hypothermia and temperature management 5(3): 116-20, Sep 2015.

Yannopoulos D, Aufderheide TP, Abella BS, Duval S, Frascone RJ, Goodloe JM, Mahoney BD, Nadkarni VM, Halperin HR, O'Connor R, Idris AH, Becker LB, Pepe PE: Quality of CPR: An important effect modifier in cardiac arrest clinical outcomes and intervention effectiveness trials. Resuscitation 94: 106-13, Sep 2015.

Katz AZ, Grossestreuer AV, Gaieski DF, Abella BS, Kumar V, Perrone J: Outcomes of patients resuscitated from cardiac arrest in the setting of drug overdose. Resuscitation 94: 23-7, Sep 2015.

Gonzalez M, Leary M, Blewer AL, Cinousis M, Sheak KR, Ward M, Merchant RM, Becker LB, Abella BS: Public knowledge of automatic external defibrillators in a large U.S. urban community. Resuscitation 92: 101-6, Jul 2015.

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Last updated: 11/07/2016
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