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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 Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine Professor of Emergency Medicine Associate Professor of Medicine Professor of Medicine

Dr. Abella is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Emergency Medicine

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Emergency Medicine, 2006

Clinical Expertise:

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Resuscitation

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 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: 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 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:

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.

Bhardwaj A, Ikeda DJ, Grossestreuer AV, Sheak KR, Delfin G, Layden T, Abella BS, Leary M: Factors associated with re-arrest following initial resuscitation from cardiac arrest. Resuscitation 111 : 90-95,2017.

Balian S, Abella BS: Hospital volume and post-arrest care: A complex topic with more questions than answers. Resuscitation 110 : A5-A6,2017.

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.

Buckler DG, Burke RV, Naim MY, MacPherson A, Bradley RN, Abella BS, Rossano JW: Association of Mechanical Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Device Use With Cardiac Arrest Outcomes Circulation 134 (25): 2131-2133,2016.

Grossestreuer AV, Abella BS, Sheak KR, Cinousis MJ, Perman SM, Leary M, Wiebe DJ, Gaieski DF: Inter-rater reliability of post-arrest cerebral performance category (CPC) scores Resuscitation 109 : 21-24,2016.

HealthDay News: Fewer than 1 in 5 U.S. adults have CPR training (website) : 2016.

Ruby, Jeff: Your cold, cold heart Southwest Airlines magazine : 2016.

CBS news: Postal worker and rescuer honored local network news station : 2016.

Giberson B, Uber A, Gaieski DF, Miller JB, Wira C, Berg K, Giberson T, Cocchi MN, Abella BS, Donnino MW: When to Stop CPR and When to Perform Rhythm Analysis: Potential Confusion Among ACLS Providers. Journal of intensive care medicine 31 (8): 537-43,2016.

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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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