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
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.
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.
Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider certification, 2002.
Pediatric Advanced 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 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

Warneford-Thomson R, Shah PP, Lundgren P, Lerner J, Morgan J, Davila A, Abella BS, Zaret K, Schug J, Jain R, Thaiss CA, Bonasio R.: A LAMP sequencing approach for high-throughput co-detection of SARS-CoV-2 and influenza virus in human saliva. Elife 11: e69949, May 2022.

Norvik A, Unneland E, Bergum D, Buckler DG, Bhardwaj A, Eftestøl T, Aramendi E, Nordseth T, Abella BS, Kvaløy JT, Skogvoll E.: Pulseless electrical activity in in-hospital cardiac arrest - A crossroad for decisions. Resuscitation Apr 2022.

Helfer DR, Helber AR, Ferko AR, Klein DD, Elchediak DS, Deaner TS, Slagle D, White WB, Buckler DG, Mitchell OJL, Fiorilli PN, Isenberg D, Nomura J, Murphy KA, Sigal A, Saif H, Reihart MJ, Vernon TM, Abella BS.: Clinical factors associated with significant coronary lesions following out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Acad Emerg Med 29: 456-464, Apr 2022.

Torres MDT, de Lima LF, Ferreira AL, de Araujo WR, Callahan P, Dávila A Jr, Abella BS, de la Fuente-Nunez C.: Detection of SARS-CoV-2 with RAPID: A prospective cohort study. iScience 25: 104055, Apr 2022.

Mitchell OJL, Dewan M, Wolfe HA, Roberts KJ, Neefe S, Lighthall G, Sands NA, Weissman G, Ginestra J, Shashaty MGS, Schweickert WD, Abella BS.: Defining Physiological Decompensation: An Expert Consensus and Retrospective Outcome Validation. Crit Care Explor 4: e0677, Apr 2022.

Huebinger R, Chavez S, Abella BS, Al-Araji R, Witkov R, Panczyk M, Villa N, Bobrow B.: Race and ethnicity disparities in post-arrest care in Texas. Resuscitation Apr 2022.

Huebinger R, Thomas J, Abella BS, Waller-Delarosa J, Al-Araji R, Witkov R, Villa N, Nikonowicz P, Renbarger T, Panczyk M, Bobrow B.: Impact of post-arrest care variation on hospital performance after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Resusc Plus 10: 100231, Apr 2022.

Huebinger R, Abella BS, Chavez S, Luber S, Al-Araji R, Panczyk M, Waller-Delarosa J, Villa N, Bobrow B.: Socioeconomic status and post-arrest care after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in Texas. Resuscitation Apr 2022.

Ramadan A, Abella BS, Mitchell OJL.: In-hospital cardiac arrest during the COVID-19 pandemic: Where do we go now? Resuscitation. 170: 371-372, Jan 2022.

Kirschen MP, Majmudar T, Diaz-Arrastia R, Berg R, Abella BS, Topjian A, Balu R.: Deviations from PRx-derived optimal blood pressure are associated with mortality after cardiac arrest. Resuscitation 2022.

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Last updated: 07/27/2022
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