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M. Kit Delgado, MD, MS



M. Kit Delgado, MD, MS

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Delgado is an emergency physician-investigator committed to discovering innovative approaches that can improve acutely ill and injured patients’ outcomes —and that can make reduce the number of injuries by addressing the shortsighted behaviors that cause them.

He has two complementary lines of research. First, he analyzes large existing datasets and uses decision analytic modeling to guide policy for improving trauma and emergency care. His currently funded work includes: state dataset analyses to better understand the benefit of trauma-center triage for seriously injured older adults and children, insurance claims analyses to examine the impact of reducing excessive variation in opioid prescribing for acute injuries, and collaborative work to develop regional geographic units that measure and benchmark variation in population-level outcomes for emergency-care-sensitive conditions.

Second, he is developing a novel research program that leverages smartphones, connected devices, and insights from behavioral economics for injury prevention. He is currently leading pilot randomized trials testing interventions to reduce cellphone use and drinking and driving. Prior to joining the faculty, he completed a National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Career Development Award at Penn, with a focus on clinical epidemiology, and an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) post-doctoral fellowship in health-services research at Stanford.


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