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Benjamin S. Abella, MD, MPhil

Benjamin S. Abella, MD, MPhil Physician

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

  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Myocardial Perfusion
  • Therapeutic Hypothermia

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • 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
  • Oscar Health Plan of PA
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

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 Medical Association, National American Thoracic Society, 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: 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 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:

Perman SM, Siry BJ, Ginde AA, Grossestreuer AV, Abella BS, Daugherty SL, Havranek EP.: Sex Differences in "Do Not Attempt Resuscitation" Orders After Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest and the Relationship to Critical Hospital Interventions. Clinical Therapeutics : 2019.

Sigal AP, Sandel KM, Buckler DG, Wasser T, Abella BS.: Impact of adrenaline dose and timing on out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival and neurological outcomes. Resuscitation 139 : 182-188,2019.

Abella BS, Gaieski DF.: Coronary Angiography after Cardiac Arrest - The Right Timing or the Right Patients? NEJM : 2019.

Teran Felipe, Dean Anthony J, Centeno Claire, Panebianco Nova L, Zeidan Amy J, Chan Wilma, Abella Benjamin S: Evaluation of Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest using Transesophageal Echocardiography in the Emergency Department. Resuscitation : 2019.

Balian Steve, Buckler David G, Blewer Audrey L, Bhardwaj Abhishek, Abella Benjamin S: Variability in survival and post-cardiac arrest care following successful resuscitation from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Resuscitation : 2019.

Nordseth Trond, Niles Dana E, Eftestøl Trygve, Sutton Robert M, Irusta Unai, Abella Benjamin S, Berg Robert A, Nadkarni Vinay M, Skogvoll Eirik: Rhythm characteristics and patterns of change during cardiopulmonary resuscitation for in-hospital paediatric cardiac arrest. Resuscitation 135 : 45-50,2019.

Roberts Brian W, Kilgannon J Hope, Hunter Benton R, Puskarich Michael A, Shea Lisa, Donnino Michael, Jones Christopher, Fuller Brian M, Kline Jeffrey A, Jones Alan E, Shapiro Nathan I, Abella Benjamin S, Trzeciak Stephen: Association Between Elevated Mean Arterial Blood Pressure and Neurologic Outcome After Resuscitation From Cardiac Arrest: Results From a Multicenter Prospective Cohort Study. Critical care medicine 47 (1): 93-100,2019.

Hope Kilgannon J, Hunter Benton R, Puskarich Michael A, Shea Lisa, Fuller Brian M, Jones Christopher, Donnino Michael, Kline Jeffrey A, Jones Alan E, Shapiro Nathan I, Abella Benjamin S, Trzeciak Stephen, Roberts Brian W: Partial pressure of arterial carbon dioxide after resuscitation from cardiac arrest and neurological outcome: A prospective multi-center protocol-directed cohort study. Resuscitation : 2018.

Leary Marion, Almodovar Alfredo, Buckler David G, Bhardwaj Abhishek, Blewer Audrey L, Abella Benjamin S: Using an Immersive Virtual Reality System to Assess Lay Provider Response to an Unannounced Simulated Sudden Cardiac Arrest in the Out-of-Hospital Setting. Simulation in healthcare : journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare : 2018.

Heard Debra G, Andresen Kevin H, Guthmiller Katie M, Lucas Ryan, Heard Kennon J, Blewer Audrey L, Abella Benjamin S, Gent Lana M, Sasson Comilla: Hands-Only Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Education: A Comparison of On-Screen With Compression Feedback, Classroom, and Video Education. Annals of emergency medicine : 2018.

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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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