M. Kit Delgado, MD, MS

Deputy Director

Kit Delgado is a deputy director at the Penn Medicine Nudge Unit, an assistant professor of emergency medicine and epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, an attending physician in the emergency department at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and an associate director of the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics.

He also co-chairs Penn Medicine's opioid task force and leads the Behavioral Science and Analytics for Injury Reduction (BeSAFIR) Lab, which leverages data science and behavioral economics to prevent injuries and overdoses and improve acute care. In his role at BeSAFIR, Kit facilitates three complementary lines of research.

1. Analyzing large health system, state, and national datasets of emergency department encounters to elucidate opportunities to improve acute care and prevent injuries and overdoses.
2. Developing and testing health system interventions to promote opioid stewardship for acute pain management and improve treatment for patients with opioid use disorder in the emergency department.
3. Developing and testing interventions to prevent motor vehicle crashes caused by distracted or alcohol-impaired driving.

Kit has published over 75 peer-reviewed papers. His research 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, a senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, and a faculty member in the Center for Emergency Care Policy and Research, the Penn Injury Science Center, and the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He has previously served as a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 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.

Kit earned his medical degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University and his master's degree in health services research from Stanford University.