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
Lab: twitter @benjaminabella
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.
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

Ramadan A, Abella BS, Mitchell OJL.: In-hospital cardiac arrest during the COVID-19 pandemic: Where do we go now? Resuscitation Dec 2021.

Nolan JP, Abella BS.: Postresuscitation care and prognostication. Curr Opin Crit Care 27: 649-655, Dec 2021.

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 Nov 2021.

Horowitz JM, Owyang C, Perman SM, Mitchell OJL, Yuriditsky E, Sawyer KN, Blewer AL, Rittenberger JC, Ciullo A, Hsu CH, Kotini-Shah P, Johnson N, Morgan RW, Moskowitz A, Dainty KN, Fleitman J, Uzendu AI, Abella BS, Teran F.: The Latest in Resuscitation Research: Highlights From the 2020 American Heart Association's Resuscitation Science Symposium. J Am Heart Assoc 10: e021575, Aug 2021.

Mion M, Case R, Smith K, Lilja G, Blennow Nordström E, Swindell P, Nikolopoulou E, Davis J, Farrell K, Gudde E, Karamasis GV, Davies JR, Toff WD, Abella BS, Keeble TR.: Follow-up care after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: A pilot study of survivors and families' experiences and recommendations. Resusc Plus 7: 100154, Jul 2021.

Steinberg A, Abella BS, Gilmore EJ, Hwang DY, Kennedy N, Lau W, Mullen I, Ravishankar N, Tisch CF, Waddell A, Wallace DJ, Zhang Q, Elmer J.: Frequency of Withdrawal of Life-Sustaining Therapy for Perceived Poor Neurologic Prognosis. Crit Care Explor 3: e0487, Jul 2021.

Sherrill-Mix S, Hwang Y, Roche AM, Glascock A, Weiss SR, Li Y, Haddad L, Deraska P, Monahan C, Kromer A, Graham-Wooten J, Taylor LJ, Abella BS, Ganguly A, Collman RG, Van Duyne GD, Bushman FD.: Detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA using RT-LAMP and molecular beacons. Genome Biol 22: 169, Jun 2021.

Teran F, Paradis NA, Dean AJ, Delgado MK, Linn KA, Kramer JA, Morgan RW, Sutton RM, Gaspari R, Weekes A, Adhikari S, Noble V, Nomura JT, Theodoro D, Woo MY, Panebianco NL, Chan W, Centeno C, Mitchell O, Peberdy MA, Abella BS.: Quantitative Characterization of Left Ventricular Function During Pulseless Electrical Activity Using Echocardiography During Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Resuscitation June 2021 Notes: epub ahead of print.

Mitchell OJL, Doran O, Yuriditsky E, Root C, Teran F, Ma K, Shashaty M, Moskowitz A, Horowitz J, Abella BS.: Rapid response system adaptations at 40 US hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Resusc Plus Page: online ahead of print, June 2021.

Sherrill-Mix S, Hwang Y, Roche AM, Glascock A, Weiss SR, Li Y, Haddad L, Deraska P, Monahan C, Kromer A, Graham-Wooten J, Taylor LJ, Abella BS, Ganguly A, Collman RG, Van Duyne GD, Bushman FD.: Detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA using RT-LAMP and molecular beacons. Genome Biol. 22(1), June 2021.

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