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Benjamin S Abella, MD MPhil

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Attending Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine
Associate Director, Center for Resuscitation Science
Associate Scholar, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Vice Chair of Research , Department of Emergency Medicine
Director, Center for Resuscitation Science
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
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.
Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider certification, 2002.
Neonatal Resuscitation Program 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

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.

Donoghue AJ, Abella BS, Merchant RM, Praestgaard A, Topjian A, Berg R, Nadkarni V: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation for in-hospital events in the emergency department: A comparison of adult and pediatric outcomes and care processes. Resuscitation 92: 94-100, Jul 2015.

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