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Mitesh Patel, MD, MBA, MS


Mitesh Patel, MD, MBA, MS
Core Investigator
Director, CHERP Advanced Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Services Research
VA HSR&D Career Development Awardee
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine
Assistant Professor of Healthcare Management, Wharton School
Director of the Nudge Unit
University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests:

Mitesh S. Patel, MD, MBA, MS is a Staff Physician at the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Health Care Management at the Perelman School of Medicine and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  He is the Director of CHERP's Advanced Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Services Research, which is funded by the VA Office of Academic Affiliations.
Dr. Patel’s research leverages concepts from behavioral economics to design connected health approaches to improve individual health behaviors.  He has led several randomized, controlled trials that used wearable devices, smartphone applications, and workplace weight scales to track health behaviors.  These studies evaluate interventions designed using financial and social incentives to change health behaviors.  His work also evaluates how information technology-based interventions can be designed to use concepts from behavioral economics change physician behaviors to reduce low-value services and increase the delivery of high-value care. 

Dr. Patel has received several national research awards including a Career Development Award from VA HSR&D, a Clinical Scientist Development Award from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, 2018 Outstanding Junior Investigator of the Year from SGIM, and the 2018 Alice Hersh New Investigator Award from AcademyHealth. Dr. Patel’s work has been published in leading medical journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine, and Health Affairs. His work has been featured in numerous media outlets including the New York Times, NBC Today Show, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Forbes, Bloomberg, Time, NPR and CNN.

He is Director of the Nudge Unit at the Unversity of Pennsylvania, and was July 2019 issue of Managed Care Magazine featured this profile and video about his accomplishments:

Select Recent Publications:

Patel MS, Volpp KG, Asch DA: Nudge units to improve the delivery of health care. New England Journal of Medicine 378(3): 214-216, 2018.

Patel MS, Day SC, Halpern SD, Hanson CW, Martinez JR, Honeywell S, Volpp KG: Generic medication prescription rates after health system-wide redesign of default options within the electronic health record. JAMA Internal Medicine 176(6): 847-848, 2016.

Patel MS, Kurtzman GW, Kannan S, Small DS, Morris A, Honeywell S, Leri D, Rareshide CLA, Day SC, Mahoney KB, Volpp KG, Asch DA: Effect of an automated patient dashboard using active choice and peer comparison performance feedback to physicians on statin prescribing rates: The PRESCRIBE cluster randomized clinical trial. JAMA Network Open 1(3): e180818, 2018.

Kim RH, Day SC, Small DS, Rareshide CLA, Snider CK, Patel MS: Variations in influenza vaccination by clinic appointment time and an active choice intervention in the electronic health record to increase influenza vaccination. JAMA Network Open 1(5): e181770, 2018.

Patel MS, Asch DA, Volpp KG: Wearable devices as facilitators, not drivers, of health behavior change. JAMA 313(5): 459-460, 2015.

Patel MS, Benjamin EJ, Volpp KG, Fox CS, Small DS, Massaro JM, Lee JJ, Hilbert V, Valentino M, Taylor DH, Manders ES, Mutalik K, Zhu J, Wang W, Murabito JM: Effect of a game-based intervention designed to enhance social incentives to increase physical activity among families: The BE FIT randomized clinical trial. JAMA Internal Medicine 117(11), 2017.

Chokshi NP, Adusumalli S, Small DS, Morris A, Feingold J, Ha Y, Lynch MD, Rareshide C, Hilbert V, Patel MS: Loss-framed financial incentives and personalized goal setting to increase physical activity among ischemic heart disease patients using wearable devices: The ACTIVE REWARD randomized trial. Journal of the American Heart Association 7(12): e009173, 2018.

Current VA-funded research

Evaluating Connected Health Approaches to Improving the Health of Veterans, VA HSR&D Career Development Award 

A Randomized Trial of Social and Financial Incentives to Increase Physical Activity among Overweight and Obese Veterans, VISN4 Competitive Career Development Project (CCDF)

Updated Sept. 2019