Benjamin S. Abella


Benjamin S. Abella, MD, MPhil

Dr. Abella is currently Clinical Research Director for the Center for Resuscitation Science at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he is also an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine.
Projects within Dr. Abella’s 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 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 also lectured widely on the topics of cardiac arrest and post-arrest hypothermia treatment. His work has been featured on CNN with Sanjay Gupta, National Geographic, and Good Morning America. Dr. Abella is also the developer and Medical Director of a novel training course for therapeutic hypothermia use in the hospital setting.

Dr. Abella received a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Washington University and later graduated from Cambridge University with a Master’s in Genetics. He received his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and completed residencies in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine as well as a Fellowship in Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine at the University of Chicago Hospitals.
Dr. Abella holds certifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Neonatal Resuscitation, Advanced Trauma Life Support, and Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instruction. He has also been certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Emergency Medicine.