Benjamin S Abella, MD MPhil

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Professor of Emergency Medicine
Department: Emergency Medicine
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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 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 the application of therapeutic hypothermia. 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.

Description of Clinical Expertise

emergency care, cardiovascular emergencies, post-arrest critical care

Selected Publications

Starodub R, Abella BS, Hoyt-Brennan AM, Leary M, Mancini ME, Chittams J, Riegel B.: A comparative study of video lecture versus video lecture and high fidelity simulation for training nurses on the delivery of targeted temperature management after cardiac arrest. Int Emerg Nurs. Page: 100829, Feb 2020.

Blewer AL, Schmicker RH, Morrison LJ, Aufderheide TP, Daya M, Starks MA, May S, Idris AH, Callaway CW, Kudenchuk PJ, Vilke GM, Abella BS; Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium Investigators.: Variation in Bystander Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Delivery and Subsequent Survival From Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Based on Neighborhood-Level Ethnic Characteristics. Circulation. 141(1): 34-41, Jan 2020.

Agarwal S, Abella BS.: High-quality CPR training: Let's get smart! Resuscitation 144: 185-186. Nov 2019.

Perman SM, Siry BJ, Ginde AA, Grossestreuer AV, Abella BS, Daugherty SL, Havranek EP. : Sex Differences in "Do Not Attempt Resuscitation" Orders After Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest and the Relationship to Critical Hospital Interventions. Clinical Therapeutics april 2019.

Sigal AP, Sandel KM, Buckler DG, Wasser T, Abella BS.: Impact of adrenaline dose and timing on out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival and neurological outcomes. Resuscitation 139: 182-188, april 2019.

Abella BS, Gaieski DF.: Coronary Angiography after Cardiac Arrest - The Right Timing or the Right Patients? NEJM march 2019.

Teran Felipe, Dean Anthony J, Centeno Claire, Panebianco Nova L, Zeidan Amy J, Chan Wilma, Abella Benjamin S: Evaluation of Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest using Transesophageal Echocardiography in the Emergency Department. Resuscitation Feb 2019.

Balian Steve, Buckler David G, Blewer Audrey L, Bhardwaj Abhishek, Abella Benjamin S: Variability in survival and post-cardiac arrest care following successful resuscitation from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Resuscitation Feb 2019.

Nordseth Trond, Niles Dana E, Eftestøl Trygve, Sutton Robert M, Irusta Unai, Abella Benjamin S, Berg Robert A, Nadkarni Vinay M, Skogvoll Eirik: Rhythm characteristics and patterns of change during cardiopulmonary resuscitation for in-hospital paediatric cardiac arrest. Resuscitation 135: 45-50, Jan 2019.

Roberts Brian W, Kilgannon J Hope, Hunter Benton R, Puskarich Michael A, Shea Lisa, Donnino Michael, Jones Christopher, Fuller Brian M, Kline Jeffrey A, Jones Alan E, Shapiro Nathan I, Abella Benjamin S, Trzeciak Stephen: Association Between Elevated Mean Arterial Blood Pressure and Neurologic Outcome After Resuscitation From Cardiac Arrest: Results From a Multicenter Prospective Cohort Study. Critical care medicine 47(1): 93-100, Jan 2019.

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