Mitesh S. Patel, MD, MBA
14-176 PCAM South Pavilion
3400 Civic Center Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19104
B.S. (Biochemistry, Economics)
University of Michigan, 2004.
M.B.A. (Health Care Management)
University of Pennsylvania, 2009.
University of Michigan, 2009.
M.S. (Health Policy Research)
University of Pennsylvania, 2014.
Description of Research ExpertiseMitesh S. Patel, MD, MBA is 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. Dr. Patel is on faculty at the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation and the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics, and a Staff Physician at the Crescenz VA Medical Center in Philadelphia, and a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. His 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.
Dr. Patel is 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. 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, Harvard Business Review, The Economist, Forbes, Time, NPR and CNN.
Selected PublicationsPatel MS, Volpp KG, Asch DA: Nudge units to improve the delivery of health care. New England Journal of Medicine 378(3): 214-216, 2018.
Patel MS, Asch DA, Volpp KG: Wearable devices as facilitators, not drivers, of health behavior change. JAMA 313(5): 459-460, 2015.
Patel MS, Chang S, Volpp KG: Improving Health Care by Gamifying It. Harvard Business Review(5), 2019.
Patel MS, Asch DA, Volpp KG: Paying employees to lose weight. New York Times(3), 2016.
Patel MS, Small DS, Harrison JD, Fortunato MP, Oon A, Rareside CAL, Reh G, Szwartz G, Guszcza J, Steier D, Kalra P, Hilbert V: Effectiveness of behaviorally designed gamification interventions with social incentives for increasing physical activity among overweight and obese adults across the United States: The STEP UP Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Internal Medicine 179(12): 1624-1632, 2019.
Patel MS, Benjamin EJ, Volpp KG, Fox CS, Small DS, Massaro JM, Lee JJ, Hilbert V, Valentino M, Taylor DH, Manders ES, Mutalik K, Zhu J, Wang W, Murabito JM: Effect of a game-based intervention designed to enhance social incentives to increase physical activity among families: The BE FIT randomized clinical trial. JAMA Internal Medicine 117(11), 2017.
Patel MS, Kurtzman GW, Kannan S, Small DS, Morris A, Honeywell S, Leri D, Rareshide CLA, Day SC, Mahoney KB, Volpp KG, Asch DA: Effect of an automated patient dashboard using active choice and peer comparison performance feedback to physicians on statin prescribing rates: The PRESCRIBE cluster randomized clinical trial. JAMA Network Open 1(3): e180818, 2018.
Chokshi NP, Adusumalli S, Small DS, Morris A, Feingold J, Ha Y, Lynch MD, Rareshide C, Hilbert V, Patel MS: Loss-framed financial incentives and personalized goal setting to increase physical activity among ischemic heart disease patients using wearable devices: The ACTIVE REWARD randomized trial. Journal of the American Heart Association 7(12): e009173, 2018.
Kim RH, Day SC, Small DS, Rareshide CLA, Snider CK, Patel MS: Variations in influenza vaccination by clinic appointment time and an active choice intervention in the electronic health record to increase influenza vaccination. JAMA Network Open 1(5): e181770, 2018.
Hsiang EY, Mehta SJ, Small DS, Rareshide CAL, Snider CK, Day SC, Patel MS: Association of Primary Care Clinic Appointment Time with Clinician Ordering and Patient Completion of Breast and Colorectal Cancer Screening. JAMA Network Open May 2019.
Patel MS: Nudging influenza vaccination. Nature Human Behaviour 2: 720-721, 2018.
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, 2016.
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, 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, 2016.
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, 2015.
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, 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, 2017.
Wong CA, Miller V, Murphy K, Small D, Ford C, Willi S, Feingold J, Morris A, Ha Y, Zhu J, Wang W, Patel MS: Effect of financial incentives on glucose monitoring adherence and glycemic control among adolescents and young adults with type 1 diabetes: The BE IN Control randomized clinical trial. JAMA Pediatrics 171(12): 1176-1183, 2017.
Patel MS, Foschini L, Kurtzman GW, Zhu J, Wang W, Rareshide CAL, Zbikowski SM: Using wearable devices and smartphones to track physical activity: Initial activation, sustained use, and step counts across sociodemographic characteristics in a national sample. Annals of Internal Medicine 167(10): 755-757, 2017.
Patel MS, Volpp KG, Rosin R, Bellamy SL, Small DS, Heuer J, Sproat S, Hyson C, Haff N, Lee SM, Wesby L, Hoffer K, Shuttleworth D, Taylor DH, Hilbert V, Zhu J, Yang L, Wang X, Asch DA: A randomized, controlled trial of lottery-based financial incentives to increase physical activity among overweight and obese adults. American Journal of Health Promotion 32(7): 1568-1575, 2018.