Mucio Kit Delgado, MD, MS

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Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Department: Emergency Medicine
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Department of Emergency Medicine
933 Blockley Hall, 423 Guardian Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-746-8256
Fax: 215-573-2265
B.A. (Public/International Affairs)
Princeton University, 2001.
M.D. (Doctor of Medicine)
Columbia University, 2006.
M.S. (Health Services Research)
Stanford University School of Medicine, 2012.
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Description of Research Expertise

M. Kit Delgado, MD, MS, is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Epidemiology and an attending physician in the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center emergency department, the Level I trauma center for West Philadelphia. He serves as an Associate Director of the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) and is the Deputy Director of the Penn Medicine Nudge Unit. He also leads the Behavioral Science & Analytics For Injury Reduction (BeSAFIR) lab, which applies data science and behavioral economics for preventing injuries and for improving acute care. BeSAFIR has three complementary lines of research:

1) Analysis of large health system, state, and national datasets of emergency department encounters to elucidate opportunities to improve emergency and trauma care and to prevent injuries.

2) Development and testing of health system interventions for promoting opioid stewardship for acute pain management and for facilitating the treatment of patients with opioid use disorder in the emergency department. Dr. Delgado is Co-Chair of the University Pennsylvania Health System Opioid Task Force.

3) Development and testing of interventions for preventing motor vehicle crashes from distracted and alcohol-impaired driving by leveraging smartphone technology and insights from behavioral economics. This work includes partnerships with large U.S. auto-insurers.

Dr. Delgado's work is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. He is a Senior Scholar in the Center Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB), a Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) Senior Fellow, and a faculty member in the Center for Emergency Care Policy and Research (CECPR), the Penn Injury Science Center (PISC), and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP). He has previously served as a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Committee on Accelerating Progress to Reduce Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities and the Committee on Evidence-based Clinical Practice Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Acute Pain. His achievements have been recognized with the Marjorie A. Bowman New Investigator Research Award. He received his M.D. from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and his M.S. in Health Services Research from Stanford University.

Selected Publications

Kaufman, EJ, Wiebe, DJ , Xiong, RA, Morrison, CN, Seamon, MJ, Delgado, MK: Epidemiologic Trends in Fatal and Nonfatal Firearm Injuries in the US, 2009-2017. JAMA Internal Medicine Online ahead of print., December 2020 Notes: doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2020.6696.

Kilaru, AS, Lee, K, MD, Snider, CK, Meisel, ZF, Asch, DA, Mitra, N, Delgado, MK: Return Hospital Admissions Among 1419 Covid‐19 Patients Discharged from Five US Emergency Departments. Academic Emergency Medicine 10.1111/acem.14117, Aug 2020.

Anesi GL, Halpern SD, Delgado MK : Covid-19 related hospital admissions in the United States: needs and outcomes. BMJ May 2020 Notes: doi:10.1136/bmj.m2082.

Kilaru AS, Xiong A, Lowenstein M, Meisel ZF, Perrone J, Khatri U, Mitra N, Delgado MK: Incidence of Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder Following Nonfatal Overdose in Commercially Insured Patients. JAMA Network Open 3(5), May 2020 Notes: doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.5852.

Lowenstein M, Hossain E, Yang W, Grande D, Perrone J, Neuman MD, Ashburn M, Delgado MK: Impact of a State Opioid Prescribing Limit and Electronic Medical Record Alert on Opioid Prescriptions: a Difference-in-Differences Analysis. Journal of General Internal Medicine [Epub ahead of print], October 2019.

Coupet Jr., E, Huang, Y, Delgado, MK: US Emergency Department Encounters for Firearm Injuries According to Presentation at Trauma vs Nontrauma Centers. JAMA Surgery (e-pub ahead of print), January 2019.

Lowenstein, M, Grande, D, Delgado, MK: Opioid Prescribing Limits for Acute Pain - Striking the Right Balance. New England Journal of Medicine 379(6): 504-506, August 2018.

Delgado MK, Huang Y, Meisel ZF, Hennessy S, Yokell M, Polsky D, Perrone J: National Variation in Opioid Prescribing and Risk of Prolonged Use for Opioid-Naive Patients Treated in the Emergency Department for Ankle Sprains. Annals of Emergency Medicine 72(4): 389-400, Oct 2018.

McDonald, CC, Ward, K, Huang, Y, Wiebe, DJ, Delgado, MK: Novel smartphone-based measures of cell phone use while driving in a sample of newly licensed adolescent drivers. Health Education & Behavior 46(1): 10-14, July 2018.

Delgado, MK, Shofer, FS, Patel, MS, Halpern, SD, Edwards, C, Meisel, ZF, Perrone, J: Association between electronic medical record implementation of default opioid prescription quantities on prescribing behavior in two emergency departments. Journal of General Internal Medicine 33(4): 409-411, Apr 2018.

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