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

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Appointment: (585) 275-3022

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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, the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, and the Society of Critical Care Medicine.



  • Surgical Critical Care - American Board of Surgery
  • Surgery - American Board of Surgery


MD | University of Pennsylvania - Perelman School of Medicine

MBA | Vanderbilt University
HealthCare Management

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

08/01/2017 - 07/31/2019
Fellowship in Trauma & Surgical Critical Care at University of Pennsylvania - Perelman School of Medicine

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

07/01/2010 - 06/30/2011
Internship in 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

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.

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. "An Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma Multicenter Trial Examining Prehospital Procedures in Penetrating Trauma Patients." The journal of trauma and acute care surgery.. 2021 Mar 5; Epub 2021 Mar 05.

Rivas L, Vella M, Ju T, Fernandez-Moure JS, Sparks A, Seamon MJ, Sarani B. "Early Chemoprophylaxis Against Venous Thromboembolism in Patients With Traumatic Brain Injury." The American surgeon.. 2021 Jan 27; :3134820983171. Epub 2021 Jan 27.

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