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Benjamin S. Abella, MD, MPhil

Benjamin S. Abella, MD, MPhil Physician

Director, Center for Resuscitation Science Vice Chair of Research, Emergency Medicine Professor of Emergency Medicine Professor of Medicine

Dr. Abella is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Emergency Medicine

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Emergency Medicine, 2006

Clinical Expertise:

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Resuscitation

Description of Clinical Expertise

emergency care, cardiovascular emergencies, post-arrest critical care

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
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • 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 Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation, International Emergency Medicine Practice, National Emergency Medicine Residents Association , National Faculty of 1000 Medicine, Section of Emergency Medicine, web-based review journal abstracting recent literature in medical specialties , National HeartSine Technologies, International NIH-NHLBI, National Society of Academic Emergency Medicine , National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Abella is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: On the medical staff, but does not have privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: On the medical staff, but does not have privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: On the medical staff, but does not have 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 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.

Selected Publications:

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 : 12-18,2017.

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 : 2017.

Gaieski DF, Agarwal AK, Abella BS, Neumar RW, Mechem C, Cater SW, Shofer FS, Leary M, Pajerowski WP, Becker LB, Carr B, Merchant R, Band RA: Adult out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in philadelphia from 2008–2012: An epidemiological study Resuscitation 115 : 17-22,2017.

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

Blewer AL, Ibrahim SA, Leary M, Dutwin D, McNally B, Anderson ML, Morrison LJ, Aufderheide TP, Daya M, Idris AH, Callaway CW, Kudenchuk PJ, Vilke GM, Abella BS: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Training Disparities in the United States J Am Heart Assoc : 2017.

Grossestreuer AV, Gaieski DF, Donnino MW, Wiebe DJ, Abella BS: Magnitude of temperature elevation is associated with neurologic and survival outcomes in resuscitated cardiac arrest patients with postrewarming pyrexia J Crit Care 38 : 78-83,2017.

Wilson M, Grossestreuer AV, Gaieski DF, Abella BS, Frohna W, Goyal M: Incidence of coronary intervention in cardiac arrest survivors with non-shockable initial rhythms and no evidence of ST-elevation MI (STEMI). Resuscitation 13 : 83-86,2017.

Weinstein J, Mallela AN, Abella BS, Levine JM, Balu R: Excellent neurologic recovery after prolonged coma in a cardiac arrest patient with multiple poor prognostic indicators Resuscitation 113 : e11-e12,2017.

Donnino MW, Liu X, Andersen LW, Rittenberger JC, Abella BS, Gaieski DF, Ornato JP, Gazmuri RJ, Grossestreuer AV, Cocchi MN, Abbate A, Uber A, Clore J, Peberdy MA, Callaway CW; National Post Arrest Research Consortium (NPARC) Investigators: Characterization of mitochondrial injury after cardiac arrest (COMICA) Resuscitation 113 : 56-62,2017.

Coppler PJ, Sawyer KN, Youn CS, Choi SP, Park KN, Kim YM, Reynolds JC, Gaieski DF, Lee BK, Oh JS, Kim WY, Moon H, Abella BS, Elmer J, Callaway CW, Rittenberger JC: Variability of Post-Cardiac Arrest Care Practices Among Cardiac Arrest Centers: United States and South Korean Dual Network Survey of Emergency Physician Research Principal Investigators Therapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management 7 (1): 2017.

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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
Fax: 215-573-2701
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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