Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Kit Delgado, MD, MS

Kit Delgado, MD, MS CIRP
CIRP Associate Fellow

Kit Delgado, MD, MS, is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Epidemiology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, a Practicing Trauma Center Emergency Physician at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and an Associate Fellow at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He also leads the Behavioral Science and Analytics For Injury Reduction (BeSAFIR) lab, which applies data science and behavioral economics for preventing injuries and for improving acute care, 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), and the Penn Injury Science Center (PISC)

Dr. Delgado's clinical research is focused on developing and testing 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.  He currently leads the Acute Pain Workgroup of the University Pennsylvania Health System Opioid Task Force. His public health research is focused on preventing motor vehicle crashes from distracted and alcohol-impaired driving by leveraging smartphone technology and insights from behavioral economics. Dr. Delgado also serves as a collaborator and mentor on outcomes research involving acutely injured and ill patients.

His 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 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 MD from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and his MS in Health Services Research from Stanford University.

Research Interests

promoting opioid stewardship for acute pain management; using smartphone technology/behavioral economics to prevent distracted and alcohol-impaired driving


Way to Safety; Using Behavioral Economics Strategies to Curb Cell Phone Use While Driving