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

Center for Resuscitation Science CPR Training

The Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training team at the Center for Resuscitation Science provides a CPR certification program unlike any other in our area. Our team is composed of the leading experts in the field of sudden cardiac arrest that are dedicated to training individuals in high-quality CPR and improving suvival rates from a highly morbid disease. Our team includes physicians and nurses who actually write the national and international CPR guidelines that healthcare providers and members of the community learn every time they take a CPR training course.

Our CPR certification is a highly-specialized training which combines a short presentation by our leaders in the field, real life survivor stories, discussion & questions sessions with the experts, American Heart Association (AHA) teaching via video, and hands-on practice stations. Course content will include adult, child and infant CPR as well as hands-on demonstration of an AED. Personalized attention is very important to our staff to ensure that each participant is learning the proper technique to provide high-quality CPR.

Our Team:

Benjamin Abella, MD MPhil, is Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Vice Chair of Research with the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the Clinical Research Director of the Center for Resuscitation Science. He is an expert in the field of sudden cardiac arrest and 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 both national and international CPR guidelines. He has lectured widely on the topics of cardiac arrest and has won numerous honors for his research, clinical care and his teaching of residents and medical students.

Marion Leary MSN RN, is the Assistant Director of Clinical Research of the Center for Resuscitation Science and a critical care nurse. Ms. Leary has established herself as a nursing leader in the field of CPR quality and post-cardiac arrest, resuscitation care. She serves on the American Heart Association (AHA) Cardiovascular Nursing subcommittee and also the AHA Emergency Cardiac Care Basic Life Support subcommittee. She has participated in the 2010 resuscitation guidelines and will be participating in the upcoming 2015 resuscitation guidelines. Additionally, she is the co-director of the Hypothermia and Resuscitation Training Institute at Penn. Ms. Leary has been an author on over 20 peer-reviewed publications

Marisa Cinousis MHA, is a clinical research coordinator for the Center for Resuscitation Science. She is project coordinator for an in-hospital study looking to improve the quality of CPR of nurses throughout the hospital. She is also leading the CPR training initiative to increase the number of individuals certified in CPR. Marisa is co-author on several papers studying cardiac arrest and post-arrest care.

CPR Training

  • Specialized certification program taught by the experts
  • AHA CPR training certifications are good for 2 years
  • We also offer hands-only training (no certification)