Mitesh Patel, MD, MBA, MS
Director, Penn Medicine Nudge Unit
Ralph Muller Presidential Assistant Professor of Medicine and Health Care Management at the Perelman School of Medicine and The Wharton School
CHIBE Steering Committee member
Staff Physician at the Crescenz VA Medical Center
Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics
Faculty, Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation
Mitesh Patel is the director of the Penn Medicine Nudge Unit, the world’s first behavioral design team embedded within a health system. He is the Ralph Muller Presidential 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 also on faculty at the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation and the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics, a staff physician at the Crescenz VA Medical Center in Philadelphia, and a senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.
Mitesh’s research focuses on combining insights from behavioral economics with scalable technology platforms to improve health and health care. He has led more than 25 clinical trials in partnership with health systems, insurers, employers, and community organizations that tested ways to design nudges, incentives, and gamification to change clinician and patient behavior. This work includes digital health interventions using wearable devices and smartphones and health system interventions using the electronic health record.
Mitesh currently serves as director of the VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Health Services Research and Development in Philadelphia and co-director of the Wharton MBA Course on E-Health. He has received several national research awards, including the 2018 Outstanding Junior Investigator of the Year from SGIM, the 2018 Alice Hersh Emerging Leader Award from AcademyHealth, and the 2019 Young Physician-Scientist Award from ASCI. His 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, Harvard Business Review, The Economist, Forbes, Time, NPR, and CNN.
- A Hybrid Type 1 Effectiveness-Implementation Study of Social Incentives Strategies to Increase Physical Activity
- Active vs. Passive Choice Framing to Increase Statin Prescribing Among Cardiologists
- The Be Active Trial
- Gamification and Goal-Setting to Increase Physical Activity Among Patients with Elevated Risk for Cardiovascular Disease
- REDUCE: A Randomized Trial of Behavioral Economic Approaches to Reduce Unnecessary Opioid Prescribing
- Pilot trial of gamification to treat apathy in Parkinson’s disease
- Behavioral Phenotyping Approaches for Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes
- Active vs. passive choice framing to increase statin prescribing among cardiologists