Benjamin S Abella, MD MPhil

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William G. Baxt, M.D. Professor in Emergency Medicine
Attending Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine
Associate Scholar, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Vice Chair for Research , Department of Emergency Medicine
Director, Center for Resuscitation Science
Medical Director, Penn Acute Research Collaboration (PARC)
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
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 250 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

Hong H, Friedland A, Hu M, Anstrom KJ, Halabi S, McKinnon JE, Amaravadi R, Rojas-Serrano J, Abella BS, Portillo-Vázquez AM, Woods CW, Hernandez AF, Boulware DR, Naggie S, Rajasingham R.: Safety and efficacy of hydroxychloroquine as prophylactic against COVID-19 in healthcare workers: a meta-analysis of randomised clinical trials. BMJ Open 13: e065305, Jun 2023.

Adeyemi OJ, Siman N, Goldfeld KS, Cuthel AM, Bouillon-Minois JB, Grudzen CR; PRIM-ER Investigators.: Emergency Providers' Knowledge and Attitudes Toward Hospice and Palliative Care: A Cross-Sectional Analysis Across 35 Emergency Departments in the United States. J Palliat Med Jun 2023.

Miao B, Skaar JR, O'Hara M, Post A, Kelly T, Abella BS.: A Systematic Literature Review to Assess Fever Management and the Quality of Targeted Temperature Management in Critically Ill Patients. Ther Hypothermia Temp Manag May 2023.

Mitchell OJL, Shi X, Abella BS, Girotra S.: Mechanical Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation During In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest. J Am Heart Assoc 12: e027726, Apr 2023.

Ehntholt MS, Young BC, Yellapantula S, Abella BS.: Analysis of continuous arterial blood pressure using LUCAS-assisted CPR during in-hospital cardiac arrest. Resusc Plus 14: 100376, Mar 2023.

Crespo-Cajigas J, Gokool VA, Ramírez Torres A, Forsythe L, Abella BS, Holness HK, Johnson ATC, Postrel R, Furton KG.: Investigating the Use of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Odor Expression as a Non-Invasive Diagnostic Tool-Pilot Study. Diagnostics (Basel) 13: 707, Feb 2023.

Norvik A, Kvaløy JT, Skjeflo GW, Bergum D, Nordseth T, Loennechen JP, Unneland E, Buckler DG, Bhardwaj A, Eftestøl T, Aramendi E, Abella BS, Skogvoll E.: Heart rate and QRS duration as biomarkers predict the immediate outcome from pulseless electrical activity. Resuscitation 2023.

Helber AR, Helfer DR, Ferko AR, Klein DD, Elchediak D, Deaner TS, Slagle D, White WB, Buckler DG, Mitchell OJL, Fiorilli PN, Isenberg DL, Nomura JT, Murphy KA, Sigal A, Saif H, Reihart MJ, Vernon TM, Abella BS.: Timing and Outcomes After Coronary Angiography Following Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Without Signs of ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction. J Emerg Med 2023.

Gokool VA, Crespo-Cajigas J, Mallikarjun A, Collins A, Kane SA, Plymouth V, Nguyen E, Abella BS, Holness HK, Furton KG, Johnson ATC, Otto CM.: The Use of Biological Sensors and Instrumental Analysis to Discriminate COVID-19 Odor Signatures. Biosensors (Basel) 12: 1003, Nov 2022.

Mitchell OJL, Neefe S, Ginestra JC, Schweickert WD, Falk S, Weissman GE, Covin D, Shults J, Abella BS, Shashaty MGS.: Association of Time to Rapid Response Team Activation With Patient Outcomes Using a Range of Physiologic Deterioration Thresholds. Crit Care Explor 4: e0786, Nov 2022.

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Last updated: 06/22/2023
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