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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 approach each patient with the understanding that, in many cases, I am meeting them at one of the worst points of their life. In these situations, patients often do not get to choose who takes care of them, but they expect and deserve compassionate and high- quality care.”

Areas of Expertise

• Traumatic injuries
• Emergency general surgery
• Surgical critical care
• Resuscitation of the critically ill and injured
• Trauma education and simulation
• Performance improvement
• Resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta (REBOA)

First and foremost, I am a “clinical guy” – my main job is to take care of my patients. But I also recognize the importance of scientific advancement. My main research interest focuses on how to utilize video review technology to improve trauma resuscitation and trauma team dynamics. I am also interested in rural trauma education and the use of simulation.



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


MD | University of Pennsylvania - Perelman School of Medicine

MS | Vanderbilt University

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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Journal Articles

Hatchimonji JS, Sikoutris J, Smith BP, Vella MA, Dumas RP, Qasim ZA, Gallagher JJ, Reilly PM, Raza SS, Cannon JW. "The REBOA Dissipation Curve: Training Starts to Wane at 6 Months in the Absence of Clinical REBOA Cases." Journal of surgical education.. 2020 Jul 30; Epub 2020 Jul 30.

Vella MA, Li H, Reilly PM, Raza SS. "Unlocked yet untapped: The ubiquitous smartphone and utilization of emergency medical identification technology in the care of the injured patient." . 2020 Jul 0; 2(3):122-126. Epub 2020 Apr 12.

Vella MA, Dumas RP, Chreiman K, Wasser T, Smith BP, Reilly PM, Seamon MJ, Shiroff A. "Epidural catheters are associated with an increased risk of venous thromboembolism in trauma." Journal of thrombosis and thrombolysis.. 2020 Jan 3; Epub 2020 Jan 03.

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