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Mitesh Patel, MD, MBA, MS

CHERP COIN Investigator

Director, CHERP Advanced Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Services Research

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine

Assistant Professor of Healthcare Management, Wharton School

Director of the Nudge Unit University of Pennsylvania


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.

Funded Research

Evaluating Connected Health Approaches to Improving the Health of Veterans (CDA 15-065) as Principal Investigator

Research Areas

  • Behavioral Technology