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Benjamin S Abella, MD MPhil

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Attending Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine
Associate Scholar, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Vice Chair of Research , Department of Emergency Medicine
Director, Center for Resuscitation Science, University of Pennsylvania
Medical Director, Penn Acute Research Collaboration (PARC)
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.
Post-Graduate Training
Resident in Internal Medicine, University of Chicago Hospitals, 1998-2001.
Fellowship in Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine, University of Chicago Hospitals, 2001-2002.
Resident in Emergency Medicine, University of Chicago Hospitals, 2002-2004.
Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine, 2001.
Pediatric Advanced Life Support Provider Certification, 2002.
Neonatal Resuscitation Program Provider certification, 2002.
Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider certification, 2002.
Advanced Trauma Life Support certification, 2003.
Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor certification, 2004.
Diplomate, American Board of Emergency Medicine, 2006.
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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

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.

Bhardwaj A, Ikeda DJ, Grossestreuer AV, Sheak KR, Delfin G, Layden T, Abella BS, Leary M: Factors associated with re-arrest following initial resuscitation from cardiac arrest. Resuscitation 111: 90-95, Feb 2017.

Balian S, Abella BS: Hospital volume and post-arrest care: A complex topic with more questions than answers. Resuscitation 110: A5-A6, Jan 2017.

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, 2017.

Buckler DG, Burke RV, Naim MY, MacPherson A, Bradley RN, Abella BS, Rossano JW: Association of Mechanical Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Device Use With Cardiac Arrest Outcomes. Circulation 134(25): 2131-2133, Dec 2016.

Grossestreuer AV, Abella BS, Sheak KR, Cinousis MJ, Perman SM, Leary M, Wiebe DJ, Gaieski DF: Inter-rater reliability of post-arrest cerebral performance category (CPC) scores. Resuscitation 109: 21-24, Dec 2016.

HealthDay News: Fewer than 1 in 5 U.S. adults have CPR training. (website) Nov 2016.

Ruby, Jeff: Your cold, cold heart. Southwest Airlines magazine Nov 2016.

CBS news: Postal worker and rescuer honored. local network news station Sep 2016.

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.

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