Mitesh Patel, MD, MBA, MS
Director, Penn Medicine Nudge Unit
Assistant Professor, Perelman School of Medicine and Wharton School
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Health Care Management
Mitesh S. Patel, MD, MBA, MS is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Health Care Management at the Perelman School of Medicine and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and is the Director of the Penn Medicine Nudge Unit. He is a Primary Care Physician at the Crescenz Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Philadelphia and is on faculty at the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation and the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics. His research focuses on studying innovative ways to change health behaviors and improve health outcomes by combining digital health approaches that collect data using wireless and wearable devices with engagement strategies that leverage insights from behavioral economics. He has led more than 10 clinical trials that evaluated financial and social incentive designs within hospitals and in partnership with insurers, employers, and community organizations. As Director of the Penn Medicine Nudge Unit, he leads an initiative within the health care system to systematically test ways to apply insights from behavioral science to choice environments to improve health care value and outcomes. He is the Co-Director of the E-Health course for Wharton MBA students and the Health Care Systems course for Penn medical students. Dr. Patel has received a Career Development Award from the Department of Veterans Affairs and a Clinical Scientist Development Award from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. 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, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Forbes, Bloomberg, Time, NPR and CNN.