Ben Trappey, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics (Joint Appointment), Division of General Internal Medicine

Ben Trappey

Contact Info

Office Address:
Medicine/General Medicine
420 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Mailing Address:
Division of General Internal Medicine
420 Delaware Street SE
MMC 741
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Administrative Assistant Name
Madison Stangl

Administrative Phone

Administrative Email

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics (Joint Appointment), Division of General Internal Medicine

Department of Pediatrics

MD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN

Residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN

BS, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA


Dr. Trappey graduated from medical school at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 2008 and completed his residency training in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics in 2012. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatric where he works as a hospitalist. His clinical interests include hospital medicine and medical education, and he is a core-faculty member for the combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency program. His educational and research focus are on narrative medicine, resident and medicals student resilience, and the use of point of care ultrasound in the hospital setting. He also has an interest in global health and serves as the faculty adviser for the Pediatric Global Health Track site at St. Damien Hospital in Port Au Prince, Haiti.


  • Hospital Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pediatrics

Awards & Recognition

  • Minneapolis - St. Paul "Top Doctors: Rising Star Edition" (2019)
  • Educational Excellence Award, University of Minnesota Department of Medicine (2018)
  • Faculty Teacher of the Year, University of Minnesota Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency Program (2015)
  • Dean’s Award, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (2006)
  • University Medalist, LSU (2004)
  • National Merit Scholarship (2000)

Professional Associations

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American College of Physicians
  • Med-Peds Program Directors Association
  • Society of Hospital Medicine
  • Society of General Internal Medicine
  • Phi Beta Kappa (2004)
  • Alliance of Academic Internal Medicine (2015-present)



  • Trappey BE (2018). Moral Dilemmas for Physicians Treating Terminal Patients—Reply. JAMA. 320(1):95–96.
  • Schnobrich DJ, Mathews BK, Trappey BE, Muthyala BKM, Olson APJ. (2018) Entrusting Internal Medicine Residents to Use Point of Care Ultrasound: Towards Improved Assessment and Supervision. Medical Teacher. 23, 1-6
  • Trappey BE (2018). Please, Doc, Take It All This Time. The Journal of the American Medical Association,. 2018;319(8):769–770
  • Trappey BE, Olson APJ. (2017). Running Out of Options: Rhabdomyolysis Associated with Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 32: 1407-8
  • Koster M, Williams JH, Gautier J, Alce R, Trappey BE. (2017). A Sustained Partnership Between a Haitian Children’s Hospital and US Academic Medical Centers. Frontiers in Public Health Education and Promotion, 5(May), 1-5
  • Olson, A. P., Trappey, B., Wagner, M., Newman, M., Nixon, L. J., & Schnobrich, D.(2015). Point-of-care ultrasonography improves the diagnosis of splenomegaly in hospitalized patients. Critical ultrasound journal, 7(1), 1-4.
  • Lemkin, A. B., Noska, A., Graham, K., Trappey, B., McQuilkin, P., Kempf, J., ... & Koster, M. (2014). Creating collaborative connections across a continent: Seven children's hospitals striving for a sustainable global health partnership. Annals of Global Health, 80(3), 168.



University of Minnesota Medical Center

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics 
  • American Board of Internal Medicine 

Clinical Interests

Medical reflective writing; Medical education; Global health education