Benjamin S Abella, MD MPhil

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Professor of 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
Fax: 215-573-2701
Graduate Group Affiliations
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.
Pediatric Advanced Life Support Provider Certification, 2002.
Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider certification, 2002.
Neonatal Resuscitation Program Provider certification, 2002.
Advanced Trauma Life Support certification, 2003.
Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor certification, 2004.
Diplomate, American Board of Emergency Medicine, 2016.
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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

Awad A, Taccone FS, Jonsson M, Forsberg S, Hollenberg J, Truhlar A, Ringh M, Abella BS, Becker LB, Vincent JL, Svensson L, Nordberg P: Time to intra-arrest therapeutic hypothermia in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients and its association with neurologic outcome: a propensity matched sub-analysis of the PRINCESS trial. Intensive Care Med Page: online ahead of print, June 2020.

Skogvoll E, Nordseth T, Sutton RM, Eftestøl T, Irusta U, Aramendi E, Niles D, Nadkarni V, Berg RA, Abella BS, Kvaløy JT.: Factors affecting the course of resuscitation from cardiac arrest with pulseless electrical activity in children and adolescents. Resuscitation Page: online ahead of print, May 2020.

Blewer AL, Putt ME, McGovern SK, Murray AD, Leary M, Riegel B, Shea JA, Berg RA, Asch DA, Viera AJ, Merchant RM, Nadkarni VM, Abella BS; CHIP Study Group.: A pragmatic randomized trial of cardiopulmonary resuscitation training for families of cardiac patients before hospital discharge using a mobile application. Resuscitation Page: online ahead of print, May 2020.

Greenwood JC, Jang DH, Hallisey SD, Gutsche JT, Horak J, Acker MA, Bermudez CA, Zhou VL, Chatterjee S, Shofer FS, Kilbaugh TJ, Augoustides JGT, Meyer NJ, Bakker J, Abella BS.: Severe Impairment of Microcirculatory Perfused Vessel Density Is Associated With Postoperative Lactate and Acute Organ Injury After Cardiac Surgery. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. Page: online ahead of print, May 2020.

Teran F, Perman SM, Mitchell OJL, Sawyer KN, Blewer AL, Rittenberger JC, Del Rios Rivera M, Horowitz JM, Tonna JE, Hsu CH, Kotini-Shah P, McGovern SK, Abella BS.: Highlights From the American Heart Association's 2019 Resuscitation Science Symposium. J Am Heart Assoc 9(10), May 2020.

Sawyer KN, Camp-Rogers TR, Kotini-Shah P, Del Rios M, Gossip MR, Moitra VK, Haywood KL, Dougherty CM, Lubitz SA, Rabinstein AA, Rittenberger JC, Callaway CW, Abella BS, Geocadin RG, Kurz MC; American Heart Association Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee; Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing; Council on Genomic and Precision Medicine; Council on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research; and Stroke Council.: Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survivorship: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association. Circulation 141(12): e654-e685, Mar 2020.

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.

Tan A, Durbin M, Chung FR, Rubin AL, Cuthel AM, McQuilkin JA, Modrek AS, Jamin C, Gavin N, Mann D, Swartz JL, Austrian JS, Testa PA, Hill JD, Grudzen CR; Group Authorship: Corita R. Grudzen on behalf of the PRIM-ER Clinical Informatics Advisory Board.: Design and implementation of a clinical decision support tool for primary palliative Care for Emergency Medicine (PRIM-ER). BMC Med Inform Decis Mak Jan 2020.

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

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