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
Lab: twitter @benjaminabella
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 350,000 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 post-arrest care and outcomes. Dr. Abella is also the developer and Medical Director of a novel training course for post-arrest care and targeted temperature management (TTM), the Penn TTM Academy.

Dr. Abella has published over 200 scholarly works, reviews and monographs in numerous professional journals including NEJM, JAMA and Circulation, as well as textbook chapters on cardiac arrest and resuscitation. He is Co-Chair of the global Resuscitation Science Symposium 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 treatment. The investigative work of Dr. Abella’s team is supported by funding from the NIH and PCORI, as well as industry sources.

Dr. Abella can be found on twitter @benjaminabella
The Penn TTM Academy program can be found on twitter @pennttm

Description of Clinical Expertise

emergency care, cardiovascular emergencies, post-arrest critical care

Selected Publications

Mitchell OJL, Doran O, Yuriditsky E, Root C, Teran F, Ma K, Shashaty M, Moskowitz A, Horowitz J, Abella BS.: Rapid response system adaptations at 40 US hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Resusc Plus Page: online ahead of print, June 2021.

Teran F, Paradis NA, Dean AJ, Delgado MK, Linn KA, Kramer JA, Morgan RW, Sutton RM, Gaspari R, Weekes A, Adhikari S, Noble V, Nomura JT, Theodoro D, Woo MY, Panebianco NL, Chan W, Centeno C, Mitchell O, Peberdy MA, Abella BS.: Quantitative Characterization of Left Ventricular Function During Pulseless Electrical Activity Using Echocardiography During Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Resuscitation June 2021 Notes: epub ahead of print.

Sherrill-Mix S, Hwang Y, Roche AM, Glascock A, Weiss SR, Li Y, Haddad L, Deraska P, Monahan C, Kromer A, Graham-Wooten J, Taylor LJ, Abella BS, Ganguly A, Collman RG, Van Duyne GD, Bushman FD.: Detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA using RT-LAMP and molecular beacons. Genome Biol. 22(1), June 2021.

Annoni F, Peluso L, Fiore M, Nordberg P, Svensson L, Abella B, Calabro L, Scolletta S, Vincent JL, Creteur J, Taccone FS.: Impact of therapeutic hypothermia during cardiopulmonary resuscitation on neurologic outcome: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Resuscitation Page: online ahead of print, May 2021.

Bhardwaj A, Alwakeel M, Saleem T, Afzal S, Alqaisi S, Saand AR, Najjar HA, Griffiths L, Han X, Wang X, Perez-Protto S, Abella BS, Gaieski DF, Duggal A, Abi Fadel F.: A Multicenter Evaluation of Survival After In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest in Coronavirus Disease 2019 Patients. Crit Care Explor. Page: e0425, May 2021.

Hynes AM, Geng Z, Schmulevich D, Fox EE, Meador C, Scantling DR, Holena DN, Abella BS, Young AJ, Holland S, Cacchione PZ, Wade CE, Cannon JW; PROMMTT Study Group.: Staying on Target: Maintaining a Balanced Resuscitation During Damage Control Resuscitation Improves Survival. J Trauma Acute Care Surg Page: online ahead of print, April 2021.

Axfors C, Schmitt AM, Janiaud P, Van't Hooft J, Abd-Elsalam S, Abdo EF, Abella BS, Akram J, Amaravadi RK, Angus DC, Arabi YM, Azhar S, Baden LR, Baker AW, Belkhir L, Benfield T, Berrevoets MAH, Chen CP, Chen TC, Cheng SH, Cheng CY, Chung WS, Cohen YZ, Cowan LN, Dalgard O, de Almeida E Val FF, de Lacerda MVG, de Melo GC, Derde L, Dubee V, Elfakir A, Gordon AC, Hernandez-Cardenas CM, Hills T, Hoepelman AIM, Huang YW, Igau B, Jin R, Jurado-Camacho F, Khan KS, Kremsner PG, Kreuels B, Kuo CY, Le T, Lin YC, Lin WP, Lin TH, Lyngbakken MN, McArthur C, McVerry BJ, Meza-Meneses P, Monteiro WM, Morpeth SC, Mourad A, Mulligan MJ, Murthy S, Naggie S, Narayanasamy S, Nichol A, Novack LA, O'Brien SM, Okeke NL, Perez L, Perez-Padilla R, Perrin L, Remigio-Luna A, Rivera-Martinez NE, Rockhold FW, Rodriguez-Llamazares S, Rolfe R, Rosa R, Røsjø H, Sampaio VS, Seto TB, Shahzad M, Soliman S, Stout JE, Thirion-Romero I, Troxel AB, Tseng TY, Turner NA, Ulrich RJ, Walsh SR, Webb SA, Weehuizen JM, Velinova M, Wong HL, Wrenn R, Zampieri FG, Zhong W, Moher D, Goodman SN, Ioannidis JPA, Hemkens LG.: Mortality outcomes with hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine in COVID-19 from an international collaborative meta-analysis of randomized trials. Nat Commun Page: online ahead of print, April 2021.

Badjatia N, Abella BS, Polderman KH, Geocadin RG, Silbergleit R.: Studies Utilizing Therapeutic Hypothermia and Targeted Temperature Management. Ther Hypothermia Temp Manag Page: online ahead of print, April 2021.

Balu R, Rajagopalan S, Baghshomali S, Kirschen M, Amurthur A, Kofke WA, Abella BS.: Cerebrovascular pressure reactivity and intracranial pressure are associated with neurologic outcome after hypoxic-ischemic brain injury. Resuscitation Page: S0300-9572(21)00166-0, April 2021.

Schmulevich D, Cacchione PZ, Holland S, Quinlan K, Hinkle A, Meador C, Abella BS, Cannon JW. : Optimizing a decision support system for damage control resuscitation using mixed methods human factors analysis. J Trauma Acute Care Surg April 2021.

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