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 a practicing trauma center emergency physician. He 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) 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.

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 currently leads the Acute Pain Workgroup of the University Pennsylvania Health System Opioid Task Force.

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

Dr. Delgado's work is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality. 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 Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE), the Penn Injury Science Center (PISC), and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP). He currently serves on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Committee on Evidence-based Clinical Practice Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Acute Pain. He has previously served as a member of the NASEM Committee on Accelerating Progress to Reduce Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities. 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

Coupet Jr., E, Huang, Y, Delgado, MK: U.S. Emergency Department Encounters for Firearm Injury According to Trauma vs. Non-Trauma Center Presentation. 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, McDonald, CC, Winston, FK, Halpern, DC, Buttenheim, AM, Setubal, C, Huang, Y, Saulsgiver, KA, Lee, YC: Attitudes on Technological, Social, and Behavioral Economic Strategies to Reduce Cellphone Use While Driving in Teens. Traffic Injury Prevention 19(6): 569-76, April 2018.

Kaufman, EJ, Ertefaie, A, Small, D, Delgado, MK: Comparative Effectiveness of Initial Treatment at a Trauma Center vs. Neurosurgery-capable Non-Trauma Center for Patients with Severe, Isolated Head Injury. Journal of the American College of Surgeons 226(5): 741-751, May 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.

Delgado, MK, Yokell, MA, Staudenmayer, KL, Spain, DA, Hernandez-Boussard, Tina, Wang, NE: Factors associated with the disposition of severely injured patients initially seen at non–trauma center emergency departments: disparities by insurance status. JAMA Surgery 149(5): 422-30, May 2014.

Newgard, CD, Yang, Z, Nishijima, D, McConnell, KJ, Trent, SA, Holmes, JF, Daya, M, Mann, NC, Hsia, RY, Rea, TD, Wang, NE, Staudenmayer, K, Delgado, MK: Cost-effectiveness of field trauma triage among injured adults served by emergency medical services. Journal of the American College of Surgeons 222(6): 1125-37, June 2016.

Delgado, MK, Wang, NE, Owens, DK, Weir, SM, Goldhaber-Fiebert, JD: Cost-effectiveness of helicopter versus ground emergency medical services for trauma scene transport in the United States. Annals of Emergency Medicine 62(4): 351-364.e19, Apr 2013.

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