Dr. Abbrescia was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Annapolis, Maryland in a family of four. His wife is an Emergency Medicine Physician and he has three children. His education began with a Bachelor of Science Degree from Loyola College in Maryland where he graduated with honors. He then attended a Non-Thesis Graduate program in Anatomy and Physiology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He completed his medical school education at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and pursued postgraduate training in Internal Medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine Internship as Chief Intern, followed by a three-year Internal Medicine Residency Program at Delaware Valley Medical Center in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. During his senior year of residency he served as the Chief Medical Resident. His 3-year Cardiology Fellowship training was completed at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Abbrescia initially practiced in San Antonio, Texas from 1999 to 2003, where he served as the Chairman of the Department of Cardiology, and Director of the Invasive and Noninvasive Cardiology Laboratories. He then returned to the East coast where he ultimately started his own practice, Delaware Heart and Vascular, PA, with his partner Dr. Judith Rippert. The practice now includes Interventional Cardiologist, Dr. Sanjeev Patel, Electrophysiologist, Dr. Laura Gravelin and PA’s Lyndsey Miller and Kristen McLaughlin. He has served as the Managing Partner of his practice since its inception.
Dr. Abbrescia was board certified in Internal Medicine in 1997, Cardiovascular Disease in 1999 with recertification in 2009 by the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine. He was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology in 2001. He is an active member of the American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Internists, and American College of Physicians, American Society of Echocardiography and the American Heart Association. Dr. Abbrescia is extensively published and has presented numerous “Grand Rounds” lectures on various topics in the field of Cardiology. He is actively involved in many community support programs and fundraising efforts for the American Heart Association and is actively involved in a multitude of committees and focus groups at Bayhealth Medical Center.
Over the course of his career, Dr. Abbrescia has won numerous awards including the Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society Award, the Raymond J. Harris Scholarship Award, The Dean Arthur Flack and Belle Flack Memorial Award for outstanding achievement in the field of Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease, Intern of the Year Award, Resident of the Year Award and Fellow of The Year Award. He has been chosen by his medical peers as Delaware’s “Top Doctor” in Cardiology on multiple occasions, most recently in 2014.
His cardiovascular skills include diagnostic cardiac catheterization, transesophageal echocardiography, as well as all forms of stress testing. His office utilizes a state of the art electronic medical record system and provides a full spectrum of nationally accredited Nuclear Cardiology, Echocardiography and Vascular laboratories. As an Osteopathic Physician, Dr. Abbrescia maintains a holistic approach to cardiovascular disease and places a special emphasis on preventative cardiovascular medicine. He has a special interest in Lipid and Cholesterol Disorders. [www.deheartandvascular.com]