Mitesh S. Patel, MD, MBA, MS

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Assistant Professor of Medicine
Department: Medicine

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14-176 South Pavilion, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, 3400 Civic Center Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-898-3367
Education:
B.S. (Biochemistry, Economics)
University of Michigan, 2004.
M.D. (Medicine)
University of Michigan, 2009.
M.B.A. (Health Care Management)
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 2009.
M.S. (Health Policy Research)
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, 2014.
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Description of Research Expertise

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.

Selected Publications

Patel MS, Asch DA, Volpp KG: Wearable Devices as Facilitators, Not Drivers, of Health Behavior Change. JAMA 313(5): 459-460, Feb 3 2015.

Case MA, Burwick HA, Volpp KG, Patel MS: Accuracy of Smartphone Applications and Wearable Devices for Tracking Physical Activity Data. JAMA 313(6): 625-626, Feb 10 2015.

Patel MS, Asch DA, Rosin R, Small DS, Bellamy SL, Heuer J, Sproat S, Hyson C, Haff N, Lee SM, Wesby L, Hoffer K, Shuttleworth D, Taylor D, Hilbert V, Zhu J, Yang L, Wang X, Volpp KG: Framing Financial Incentives to Increase Physical Activity Among Overweight and Obese Adults: A Randomized, Controlled Trial. Annals of Internal Medicine 164(6): 385-394, Mar 15 2016.

Patel MS, Asch DA, Rosin R, Small DS, Bellamy SL, Eberbach K, Walters KJ, Haff N, Lee SM, Wesby L, Hoffer K, Shuttleworth D, Taylor D, Hilbert V, Zhu J, Yang L, Wang X, Volpp KG: Individual Versus Team-Based Financial Incentives to Increase Physical Activity: A Randomized, Controlled Trial. Journal of General Internal Medicine 31(7): 746-754, July 2016.

Patel MS, Volpp KG, Rosin R, Bellamy SL, Small DS, Fletcher MA, Osman-Koss R, Brady JL, Haff N, Lee SM, Wesby L, Hoffer K, Shuttleworth D, Taylor DH, Hilbert V, Zhu J, Yang L, Wang X, Asch DA: A Randomized Trial of Social Comparison Feedback and Financial Incentives to Increase Physical Activity. American Journal of Health Promotion 30(6): 416-424, Jul 2016.

Sedrak MS, Myers JS, Small DS, Nachamkin I, Ziemba JB, Murray D, Kurtzman GW, Zhu J, Wang W, Mincarelli D, Danoski D, Wells BP, Berns JS, Brennan PJ, Hanson CW, Dine CJ, Patel MS: Effect of a price transparency intervention in the electronic health record on clinician ordering of inpatient laboratory tests: The PRICE randomized clinical trial. JAMA Internal Medicine 177(7): 939-945, Jul 2017.

Patel MS, Asch DA, Troxel AB, Fletcher MA, Osman-Koss R, Brady JL, Wesby L, Hilbert V, Zhu J, Wang W, Volpp KG: Premium-Based Financial Incentives Did Not Promote Workplace Weight Loss in a 2013-15 Study. Health Affairs (Millwood) 35(1): 71-79, Jan 2016.

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, Jun 1 2016.

Patel MS, Patel N, Small DS, Rosin R, Rohrbach JI, Stromberg N, Hanson CW, Asch DA: Change in Length of Stay and Readmissions Among Hospitalized Medical Patients After Inpatient Medicine Service Adoption of Mobile Secure Text Messaging. Journal of General Internal Medicine 31(8): 863-870, Aug 2016.

Patel MS, Volpp KG, Small DS, Wynne C, Zhu J, Yang L, Honeywell S, Day SC: Using active choice within the electronic health record to increase influenza vaccination rates. Journal of General Internal Medicine 32(7): 790-795, Jul 2017.

Patel MS, Volpp KG, Small DS, Wynn C, Zhu J, Yang L, Honeywell S, Day SC: Using Active Choice within the Electronic Health Record to Increase Physician Ordering and Patient Completion of High-Value Cancer Screening Tests. Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation(4), 340-345, Apr 2016.

Patel MS, Davis MM, Lypson ML: Advancing Medical Education by Teaching Health Policy. New England Journal of Medicine 364(8): 695-697, Feb 24 2011.

Patel MS, Volpp KG, Small DS, Hill AS, Even-Shoshan O, Rosenbaum L, Ross RN, Bellini L, Zhu J, Silber JH : Association of the 2011 ACGME Resident Duty Hour Reforms with Mortality and Readmissions among Hospitalized Medicare Patients. JAMA 312(22): 2364-2373, 2014.

Patel MS, Asch DA, Volpp KG: Paying Employees to Lose Weight. New York Times 3 2016.

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