Department of Emergency Medicine

Department of Emergency Medicine Leadership & Faculty

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 of 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.
Neonatal Resuscitation Program Provider certification, 2002.
Advanced Cardiac Life Support 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 300,000 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.

Description of Clinical Expertise

emergency care, cardiovascular emergencies, post-arrest critical care

Selected Publications

Teran F, Abella BS: Oxygen delivery after cardiac arrest: Adding fuel to the fire? Resuscitation 128: A1-A6, July 2018.

Coppler PJ, Abella BS, Callaway CW, Chae MK, Choi SP, Elmer J, Kim WY, Kim YM, Kurz M, Oh JS, Reynolds JC, Rittenberger JC, Sawyer KN, Youn CS, Lee BK, Gaieski DF; Korean Hypothermia Network Investigators and the National Post-Arrest Research Consortium.: Variability of extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation utilization for refractory adult out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: an international survey study. Clin Exp Emerg Med. 5(2): 100-106, June 2018.

Owen DD, McGovern SK, Murray A, Leary M, Del Rios M, Merchant RM, Abella BS, Dutwin D, Blewer AL.: Association of race and socioeconomic status with automatic external defibrillator training prevalence in the United States. Resuscitation 127: 100-104, June 2018.

Roberts BW, Kilgannon JH, Hunter BR, Puskarich MA, Pierce L, Donnino M, Leary M, Kline JA, Jones AE, Shapiro NI, Abella BS, Trzeciak S.: Association Between Early Hyperoxia Exposure After Resuscitation From Cardiac Arrest and Neurological Disability: Prospective Multicenter Protocol-Directed Cohort Study. Circulation 137(20): 2114-2124, May 2018.

McGovern SK, Blewer AL, Murray A, Leary M, Abella BS, Merchant RM: Characterizing barriers to CPR training attainment using Twitter. Resuscitation Mar 2018.

Blewer AL, Abella BS: Unmeasured Interface in Emergency Cardiovascular Care: How Do Dispatch-Assisted Telephone Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Bystander Training Interact? Circulation 137(10): 996-998, March 2018.

Greenwood JC, Bhardwaj A, Abella BS.: Temperature and duration targets during post-arrest care: choosing the right prescription for the right patient. J Thorac Dis. 10(1): 10-14, January 2018.

Leary M, Buckler DG, Ikeda DJ, Saraiva DA, Berg RA, Nadkarni VM, Blewer AL, Abella BS: The association of layperson characteristics with the quality of simulated cardiopulmonary resuscitation performance. World J Emerg Med Page: 12-18, Aug 2017.

Kragholm K, Malta Hansen C, Dupre ME, Xian Y, Strauss B, Tyson C, Monk L, Corbett C, Fordyce CB, Pearson DA, Fosbøl EL, Jollis JG, Abella BS, McNally B, Granger CB: Direct Transport to a Percutaneous Cardiac Intervention Center and Outcomes in Patients With Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes Jun 2017.

Balu R, Weinstein J, Mallela A, Abella BS, Levine JM: Reply to: Accurate neuroprognostication in cardiac arrest survivors: Details matter! Resuscitation Jun 2017.

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Last updated: 12/18/2018
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