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Benjamin S Abella, MD, MPhil

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

Leary M, Cinousis MJ, Mikkelsen ME, Gaieski DF, Abella BS, Fuchs BD. : The association of body mass index with time to target temperature and outcomes following post-arrest targeted temperature management. Resuscitation 85(2): 244-247, Feb 2014.

Nordseth T1, Edelson DP2, Bergum D3, Olasveengen TM4, Eftestøl T5, Wiseth R6, Kvaløy JT7, Abella BS8, Skogvoll E3. : Optimal loop duration during the provision of in-hospital advanced life support (ALS) to patients with an initial non-shockable rhythm. Resuscitation 85(1): 75-81, Jan 2014.

Salciccioli JD, Cocchi MN, Rittenberger JC, Peberdy MA, Ornato JP, Abella BS, Gaieski DF, Clore J, Gautam S, Giberson T, Callaway CW, Donnino MW: Continuous neuromuscular blockade is associated with decreased mortality in post-cardiac arrest patients. Resuscitation. Resuscitation, 85(1), Jan 2014 Notes: epub.

Bagai A1, McNally BF, Al-Khatib SM, Myers JB, Kim S, Karlsson L, Torp-Pedersen C, Wissenberg M, van Diepen S, Fosbol EL, Monk L, Abella BS, Granger CB, Jollis JG. : Temporal Differences in Out-Of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Incidence and Survival. Circulation 128(24): 2595-2602, Dec 2013.

Grossestreuer AV, Abella BS, Leary M, Perman SM, Fuchs BD, Kolansky DM, Beylin ME, Gaieski DF: Time to arousal and neurologic outcome in therapeutic hypothermia-treated cardiac arrest patients. Resuscitation 84(12): 1741-1746, Dec 2013 Notes: epub.

Grossestreuer AV1, Abella BS, Leary M, Perman SM, Fuchs BD, Kolansky DM, Beylin ME, Gaieski DF. : Time to awakening and neurologic outcome in therapeutic hypothermia-treated cardiac arrest patients. Resuscitation 84(12): 1741-1746, Dec 2013.

Beylin ME, Perman SM, Abella BS, Leary M, Shofer FS, Grossestreuer AV, Gaieski DF: Higher mean arterial pressure with or without vasoactive agents is associated with increased survival and better neurological outcomes in comatose survivors of cardiac arrest. Intensive Care Med. Intensive Care Medicine, 39(11): 1981-1988, Nov 2013 Notes: epub.

Nordseth T, Bergum D, Edelson DP, Olasveengen TM, Eftestøl T, Wiseth R, Abella BS, Skogvoll E: Clinical state transitions during advanced life support (ALS) in in-hospital cardiac arrest. Resuscitation 84(9): 1238-44, Sep 2013.

Leary M, Grossestreuer AV, Iannacone S, Gonzalez M, Shofer FS, Povey C, Wendell G, Archer SE, Gaieski DF, Abella BS. : Pyrexia and neurologic outcomes after therapeutic hypothermia for cardiac arrest. Resuscitation 84(8): 1056-1061, Aug 2013.

Blewer AL1, Delfin G, Leary M, Gaieski DF, Abella BS. : A structured educational intervention to improve targeted temperature management utilization after cardiac arrest. Journal of Critical Care 28(3): 259-264, Jun 2013.

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