Dr Abella is a Director at the Center for Resuscitation Science and a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He studies sudden cardiac arrest, specifically, projects within his clinical research team include the evaluation of CPR and resuscitation performance, testing new methods to teach CPR in the community, prognostication of neurologic outcomes after cardiac arrest, and methods to improve the application of therapeutic hypothermia. Dr Abella is also the developer and Medical Director of a novel training course for post-arrest care and targeted temperature management (TTM), the Penn TTM Academy.
Dr Abella has published over 200 scholarly works, reviews and monographs in numerous professional journals including NEJM, JAMA and Circulation, as well as textbook chapters on cardiac arrest and resuscitation. He is Co-Chair of the global Resuscitation Science Symposium and has participated in developing international CPR guidelines. He has won a number of honours 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 treatment. The investigative work of Dr Abella’s team is supported by funding from the NIH and PCORI, as well as industry sources.