Michael A. Vella, M.D., M.B.A.View Contact & Scheduling
I grew up in Central Pennsylvania and graduated from Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA where I ran c...
I grew up in Central Pennsylvania and graduated from Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA where I ran cross-country and track and field. My interest in trauma care blossomed from my working as an emergency medical technician in my hometown during college and then from my experience as a medical student at University of Pennsylvania’s busy level one trauma center. I completed a seven-year general surgery residency at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, which included two years working on a variety of research projects and helping to oversee the Nashville Veterans Affairs Medical Center wound care clinic. During that time, I also obtained my MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt. I finished my training with a two year trauma/surgical critical care fellowship back at the University of Pennsylvania.
My areas of interest/expertise include:
• Management of a spectrum of traumatic injuries
• Emergency general surgery
• Surgical critical care
• Resuscitation of the critically ill and injured
• Trauma team education and simulation
• Trauma performance improvement
• The use of whole blood and resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta (REBOA)
I am particularly interested in the use of trauma video review (the video-recording of trauma resuscitations) for use in trauma team simulation, education, research, and performance improvement.
I am board certified in general surgery and surgical critical care and am a member of the American College of Surgeons, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Society of Critical Care Medicine, and American Association for the Surgery of Trauma.
Surgery (General Surgery) - American Board of Surgery
Surgical Critical Care - American Board of Surgery
Assistant Professor - Department of Surgery, Acute Care (SMD)
Assistant Professor - Department of Pediatrics (SMD) - Joint
Residency & Fellowship
Fellowship, Surgery, Surgical Critical Care, Presbyterian Medical Center/University of Pennsylvania. 2017 - 2019
Residency, Surgery (General Surgery), Vanderbilt University Medical Center. 2011 - 2017
Internship, Surgery (General Surgery), Vanderbilt University Medical Center. 2010 - 2011
MBA | Vanderbilt University. 2015
MD | Perelman School Of Medicine At The University Of Pennsylvania (USA). 2010
Seymour I. Schwartz, MD Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award.
Succar B, Vella MA, Holena DN, Dumas RP
Surgery.. 2023 November 16 Epub 11/16/2023.
Rogers EJ, Reidlinger T, Loria A, Oplinger A, Raza SS, Gestring ML, Vella MA
The Journal of surgical research.. 2023 July 26291 :313-320. Epub 07/26/2023.
Choron RL, Teichman AL, Bargoud CG, Sciarretta JD, Smith RN, Hanos DS, Afif IN, Beard JH, Dhillon NK, Zhang A, Ghneim M, Devasahayam RJ, Gunter OL, Smith AA, Sun BL, Cao CS, Reynolds JK, Hilt LA, Holena DN, Chang G, Jonikas M, Echeverria K, Fung NS, Anderson A, Fitzgerald CA, Dumas RP, Levin JH, Trankiem CT, Yoon JJ, Blank J, Hazelton J, McLaughlin CJ, Al-Aref R, Kirsch JM, Howard DS, Scantling DR, Dellonte K, Vella M, Hopkins B, Shell CH, Udekwu PO, Wong EG, Joseph BA, Lieberman H, Ramsey W, Stewart C, Alvarez C, Berne JD, Nahmias J, Puente I, Patton JH, Rakitin I, Perea LL, Pulido OR, Ahmed H, Keating J, Kodadek LM, Wade J, Henry R, Schreiber MA, Benjamin AJ, Khan A, Mann LK, Mentzer CJ, Mousafeiris V, Mulita F, Reid-Gruner S, Sais E, Marks J, Foote C, Palacio CH, Argandykov D, Kaafarani H, Coyle S, Macor M, Manderski MTB, Narayan M, Seamon MJ
The journal of trauma and acute care surgery.. 2023 July 195 (1):151-159. Epub 04/19/2023.
Niziolek G, Keating J, Bailey J, Klingensmith NJ, Moren AM, Skarupa DJ, Loria A, Vella MA, Maher Z, Moore SA, Smith MC, Leung A, Shuster KM, Seamon MJ
The journal of trauma and acute care surgery.. 2023 April 11 Epub 04/11/2023.
Marinica AL, Nagaraj MB, Elson M, Vella MA, Holena DN, Dumas RP
Surgery.. 2023 February 3 Epub 02/03/2023.
McLauchlan NR, Igra NM, Fisher LT, Byrne JP, Beyer CA, Geng Z, Schmulevich D, Brinson MM, Dumas RP, Holena DN, Hynes AM, Rosen CB, Shah AN, Vella MA, Cannon JW
Trauma surgery & acute care open.. 2023 8 (1):e001050. Epub 03/20/2023.
Scrushy MG, Nagaraj M, Burke K, Kuhlenschmidt K, Jeter S, Johnson D, Brown K, Edwards C, Marinica A, Vella MA, Holena DN, Park C, Dumas RP
Journal of trauma nursing : the official journal of the Society of Trauma Nurses.. 2023 30 (3):171-176. Epub 1900 01 01.
Dumas RP, Cook C, Holena DN, Qi Y, Tabone N, Studwell SL, Miglani A, Vella MA
Journal of surgical education.. 2022 September 9 Epub 09/09/2022.
Rees JR, Maher Z, Dumas RP, Vella MA, Schroeder ME, Milia DJ, Zone AI, Cannon JW, Holena DN
Surgery.. 2022 August 2 Epub 08/02/2022.
Burchard PR, Poleshuck EL, Yates EH, Cerulli C, Gestring ML, Vella MA
Journal of the American College of Surgeons.. 2021 March 12 Epub 03/12/2021.
Taghavi S, Maher Z, Goldberg AJ, Chang G, Mendioloa M, Anderson C, Ninokawa S, Tatebe LC, Maluso P, Raza S, Keating JJ, Burruss S, Reeves M, Coleman LE, Shatz DV, Goldenberg-Sandau A, Bhupathi A, Spalding MC, LaRiccia A, Bird E, Noorbakhsh MR, Babowice J, Nelson MC, Jacobson LE, Williams J, Vella M, Dellonte K, Hayward TZ, Holler E, Lieser MJ, Berne JD, Mederos DR, Askari R, Okafor B, Haut ER, Etchill E, Fang R, Roche SL, Whittenburg L, Bernard AC, Haan JM, Lightwine KL, Norwood SH, Murry J, Gamber MA, Carrick MM, Bugaev N, Tatar A, Duchesne J, Tatum D
The journal of trauma and acute care surgery.. 2021 March 5 Epub 03/05/2021.
Rivas L, Vella M, Ju T, Fernandez-Moure JS, Sparks A, Seamon MJ, Sarani B
The American surgeon.. 2021 January 27 :3134820983171. Epub 01/27/2021.
Rivas L, Estroff J, Sparks A, Nahmias J, Allen R, Smith SR, Kutcher M, Carter K, Grigorian A, Albertson S, Turay D, Quispe JC, Luo-Owen X, Vella M, Pascual J, Tororello G, Quattrone M, Bernard A, Ratnasekera A, Lee A, Tamburrini D, Rodriguez C, Harrell K, Jeyamurugan K, Bugaev N, Warner A, Weinberger J, Hazelton JP, Selevany M, Wright F, Kovar A, Urban S, Hamrick A, Mount M, Carrick M, Cullinane DC, Chang G, Jain G, Spalding C, Sarani B
Blood coagulation & fibrinolysis : an international journal in haemostasis and thrombosis.. 2020 December 2 Epub 12/02/2020.
Hatchimonji JS, Sikoutris J, Smith BP, Vella MA, Dumas RP, Qasim ZA, Gallagher JJ, Reilly PM, Raza SS, Cannon JW
Journal of surgical education.. 2020 July 30 Epub 07/30/2020.
Vella MA, Li H, Reilly PM, Raza SS
Surgery open science.. 2020 July 2 (3):122-126. Epub 04/12/2020.
Vella MA, Dumas RP, Chreiman K, Wasser T, Smith BP, Reilly PM, Seamon MJ, Shiroff A
Journal of thrombosis and thrombolysis.. 2020 January 3 Epub 01/03/2020.
Vella MA, Warshauer A, Tortorello G, Fernandez-Moure J, Giacolone J, Chen B, Cabulong A, Chreiman K, Sims C, Schwab CW, Reilly PM, Lane-Fall M, Seamon MJ
JAMA surgery.. 2019 November 20 Epub 11/20/2019.
Dumas RP, Vella MA, Chreiman KC, Smith BP, Subramanian M, Maher Z, Seamon MJ, Holena DN
The Journal of surgical research.. 2019 October 18 Epub 10/18/2019.
Dumas RP, Vella MA, Hatchimonji JS, Ma L, Maher Z, Holena DN
American journal of surgery.. 2019 September 10 Epub 09/10/2019.
Vella MA, Vasquez CR, Buckler D, Root S, Abella BS, Sims C
Resuscitation.. 2019 July 140 :29-30. Epub 05/08/2019.
Herbst DA, Vella MA, Cannon JW
The journal of trauma and acute care surgery.. 2019 June 20 Epub 06/20/2019.
Fernandez-Moure JS, Mydlowska A, Shin C, Vella M, Kaplan LJ
Surgical infections.. 2019 April 20 (3):167-173. Epub 01/31/2019.
Vella MA, Dumas RP, Holena DN
JAMA surgery.. 2019 March 1154 (3):257-258. Epub 1900 01 01.
Vella MA, Dumas RP, DuBose J, Morrison J, Scalea T, Moore L, Podbielski J, Inaba K, Piccinini A, Kauvar DS, Baggenstoss VL, Spalding C, Fox C, Moore EE, Cannon JW
Trauma surgery & acute care open.. 2019 4 (1):e000340. Epub 11/11/2019.
Vella MA, Pascual-Lopez J, Kaplan LJ
JAMA surgery.. 2018 September 1153 (9):854-855. Epub 1900 01 01.
Vella MA, Crandall ML, Patel MB
The Surgical clinics of North America.. 2017 October 97 (5):1015-1030. Epub 1900 01 01.
Dennis BM, Vella MA, Gunter OL, Smith MD, Wilson CS, Patel MB, Nunez TC, Guillamondegui OD
The journal of trauma and acute care surgery.. 2016 October 81 (4):632-7. Epub 1900 01 01.
Kummerow Broman K, Vella MA, Tarpley JL, Dittus RS, Roumie CL
Surgery.. 2016 August 160 (2):264-71. Epub 04/05/2016.
Iams W, Heck J, Kapp M, Leverenz D, Vella M, Szentirmai E, Valerio-Navarrete I, Theobald C, Goggins K, Flemmons K, Sponsler K, Penrod C, Kleinholz P, Brady D, Kripalani S
Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges.. 2016 June 91 (6):813-20. Epub 1900 01 01.
Harvin JA, Taub EA, Cotton BA, Brocker J, Stein DM, Dilektasli E, Inaba K, Vella MA, Guillamondegui O, Kodadek LM, Haut ER, Evans CR, Weinberg JA, Goodman MD, Robinson BR, Holcomb JB
The journal of trauma and acute care surgery.. 2016 March 80 (3):366-70; discussion 370-1. Epub 1900 01 01.
Vella MA, Kummerow Broman K, Tarpley JL, Dittus RS, Roumie CL
JAMA surgery.. 2015 December 150 (12):1197-9. Epub 1900 01 01.
Kensinger CD, McMaster WG, Vella MA, Sexton KW, Snyder RA, Terhune KP
Journal of surgical education.. 2015 72 (5):949-56. Epub 07/02/2015.
Pascual JL, Holena DN, Vella MA, Palmieri J, Sicoutris C, Selvan B, Fox AD, Sarani B, Sims C, Williams NN, Schwab CW
The Journal of trauma.. 2011 August 71 (2):330-7; discussion 337-8. Epub 1900 01 01.
Evidence-Based Practice of Critical Care (2020)
Chapter: What Is Abdominal Compartment Syndrome and How Should It Be Managed?
Authors: Michael A. Vella and Lewis J. Kaplan
Publisher: Elsevier 2020
The Trauma Manual: Trauma and Acute Care Surgery (2020)
Chapter: Traumatic Brain Injury
Authors: Michael A. Vella, James M. Schuster, Jose L. Pascual
Publisher: LWW 2020
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