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 improving trauma and emergency care. He has developed a novel line of research leveraging smartphone technology and behavioral economic interventions for injury prevention with a focus on reducing motor vehicle crashes due to distracted and alcohol-impaired driving. Second, he is testing behavioral economic interventions to promote opioid stewardship for acute and post-operative pain management. Finally, he conducts health services research to optimize trauma and emergency care systems. His work is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality.

He is 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 is also a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on Accelerating Progress to Reduce Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities.

Selected Publications

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 July 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 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 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 March 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 January 2018.

Kaufman, E, Karp, DN, Delgado, MK: U.S. emergency department encounters for law enforcement-associated injury, 2006-12. JAMA Surgery Apr 2017.

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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