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Michael A. Vella, M.D., M.B.A.

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Appointment: (585) 275-3022

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Hospital Medicine, Surgery


I am an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Department of Surgery, Division of Acute Care Surgery and Trauma. I currently serve as the Trauma Medical Director at the Kessler Trauma Center.

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


MD | Perelman School Of Medicine At The University Of Pennsylvania (USA)

MBA | Vanderbilt University
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Post-doctoral Training & Residency

08/01/2017 - 07/31/2019
Fellowship at University of PA Medical Center Presbyterian

07/01/2011 - 06/30/2017
Residency in Surgery (General Surgery) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

07/01/2010 - 06/30/2011
Internship in Surgery (General Surgery) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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Seymour I. Schwartz, MD Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award
Sponsor: Department of Surgery


Journal Articles

Dumas RP, Cook C, Holena DN, Qi Y, Tabone N, Studwell SL, Miglani A, Vella MA. "Roll the Tape: Implementing and Harnessing the Power of Trauma Video Review." Journal of surgical education.. 2022 Sep 9; Epub 2022 Sep 09.

Rees JR, Maher Z, Dumas RP, Vella MA, Schroeder ME, Milia DJ, Zone AI, Cannon JW, Holena DN. "Trauma video review outperforms prospective real-time data collection for study of resuscitative thoracotomy." Surgery.. 2022 Aug 2; Epub 2022 Aug 02.

Burchard PR, Poleshuck EL, Yates EH, Cerulli C, Gestring ML, Vella MA. "A Different City's Experience with COVID-19 and Interpersonal Violence: Increased Support-Seeking but Decreased Service Use." Journal of the American College of Surgeons.. 2021 Mar 12; Epub 2021 Mar 12.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: What Is Abdominal Compartment Syndrome and How Should It Be Managed?
Book Title: Evidence-Based Practice of Critical Care
Author List: Michael A. Vella and Lewis J. Kaplan
Published By: Elsevier 2020

Chapter Title: Traumatic Brain Injury
Book Title: The Trauma Manual: Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Author List: Michael A. Vella, James M. Schuster, Jose L. Pascual
Published By: LWW 2020