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Benjamin S. Abella, MD, MPhil

Benjamin S. Abella, MD, MPhil Physician

Director, Center for Resuscitation
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Associate Professor of Medicine

Dr. Abella is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Clinical Specialties


  • Emergency Medicine

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Emergency Medicine, 2006

Clinical Expertise:

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Post-Resuscitation Injury

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Residency: University of Chicago Medical Center
Fellowship: University of Chicago Medical Center


American College of Emergency Physicians, National American Heart Association, National American Heart Association, National American Medical Association, National American Thoracic Society, National Society of Academic Emergency Medicine, National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Abella is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

Dr. Abella studies sudden cardiac arrest, a leading cause of death that claims over 200,000 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.

Selected Publications:

Blewer AL, Buckler DG, Li J, Leary M, Becker LB, Shea JA, Groeneveld PW, Putt ME, Abella BS: Impact of the 2010 resuscitation guidelines training on layperson chest compressions. World Journal of Emergency Medicine 6 (4): 270-6,2015.

Perman SM, Grossestreuer AV, Wiebe DJ, Carr BG, Abella BS, Gaieski DF: The Utility of Therapeutic Hypothermia for Post-Cardiac Arrest Syndrome Patients With an Initial Nonshockable Rhythm. Circulation 132 (22): 2146-51,2015.

Ioannides KLH, Mamtani M, Shofer FS, Small DS, Hennessy S, Abella BS, Scott KR: Medical Students in the Emergency Department and Patient Length of Stay. JAMA 314 (22): 2411-3,2015.

Ramjee V, Grossestreuer AV, Yao Y, Perman SM, Leary M, Kirkpatrick JN, Forfia PR, Kolansky DM, Abella BS, Gaieski DF: Right ventricular dysfunction after resuscitation predicts poor outcomes in cardiac arrest patients independent of left ventricular function. Resuscitation 96 : 186-91,2015.

Couper K, Kimani PK, Abella BS, Chilwan M, Cooke MW, Davies RP, Field RA, Gao F, Quinton S, Stallard N, Woolley S, Perkins GD: The System-Wide Effect of Real-Time Audiovisual Feedback and Postevent Debriefing for In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest: The Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Quality Improvement Initiative. Critical Care Medicine 43 (11): 2321-31,2015.

Abella BS, Varon J, Föedisch M, Tisherman S: Cooling Strategies Outside the Central Nervous System. Therapeutic hypothermia and temperature management 5 (3): 116-20,2015.

Yannopoulos D, Aufderheide TP, Abella BS, Duval S, Frascone RJ, Goodloe JM, Mahoney BD, Nadkarni VM, Halperin HR, O'Connor R, Idris AH, Becker LB, Pepe PE: Quality of CPR: An important effect modifier in cardiac arrest clinical outcomes and intervention effectiveness trials. Resuscitation 94 : 106-13,2015.

Katz AZ, Grossestreuer AV, Gaieski DF, Abella BS, Kumar V, Perrone J: Outcomes of patients resuscitated from cardiac arrest in the setting of drug overdose. Resuscitation 94 : 23-7,2015.

Gonzalez M, Leary M, Blewer AL, Cinousis M, Sheak KR, Ward M, Merchant RM, Becker LB, Abella BS: Public knowledge of automatic external defibrillators in a large U.S. urban community. Resuscitation 92 : 101-6,2015.

Donoghue AJ, Abella BS, Merchant RM, Praestgaard A, Topjian A, Berg R, Nadkarni V: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation for in-hospital events in the emergency department: A comparison of adult and pediatric outcomes and care processes. Resuscitation 92 : 94-100,2015.

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Academic Contact Info

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Emergency Department, Ground Ravdin
3400 Spruce Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 279-3452

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