Dr. Benjamin Abella, the William G. Baxt Professor of Emergency Medicine, serves as Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Director of the Penn Center for Resuscitation Science, dedicated to cardiac arrest and CPR research, education and training. In the latter role, he has led numerous clinical studies on cardiac arrest and post-arrest care, having authored over 250 published works including in high impact journals such as Journal of the American Medical Association, New England Journal of Medicine, and Circulation. He was among the first investigators to establish the importance of CPR quality and developed methods to quantify CPR performance. His work has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health for nearly 20 years. Dr. Abella has served as Chair of the American Heart Association (AHA) national 3CPR Council and has served as an author of international guidelines for CPR training through his work with the AHA. He is the emergency care and CPR consultant to the National Basketball Association, and has worked with the United States Air Force in the development of post-arrest care protocols.