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

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Appointment: (585) 275-5100

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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.




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

    MBA | Vanderbilt University

    Post-doctoral Training & Residency

    08/01/2017 - 07/31/2019
    Fellowship in Surgery, Surgical Critical Care at Presbyterian Medical Center/University of Pennsylvania

    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

    Rogers EJ, Reidlinger T, Loria A, Oplinger A, Raza SS, Gestring ML, Vella MA. "Medical Information During Trauma Resuscitations: Are Smartphones the Contemporary Medical ID Bracelet?" The Journal of surgical research.. 2023 Jul 26; 291:313-320. Epub 2023 Jul 26.

    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. "Outcomes among trauma patients with duodenal leak following primary versus complex repair of duodenal injuries: An Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma multicenter trial." The journal of trauma and acute care surgery.. 2023 Jul 1; 95(1):151-159. Epub 2023 Apr 19.

    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. "Rethinking Protocolized Completion Angiography Following Extremity Vascular Trauma: A Prospective Observational Multicenter Trial Angiography Following Extremity Vascular Trauma." The journal of trauma and acute care surgery.. 2023 Apr 11; Epub 2023 Apr 11.

    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