Benji Mathews, MD, FACP, SFHM

Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine

Benji Mathews

Contact Info

benji@umn.edu

Mailing Address:
Regions Hospital
640 Jackson Street
Mail Stop 11109E
St Paul, MN, 55101

Administrative Assistant Name
Karen Lee

Administrative Phone
651-254-1886

Administrative Fax Number
651-254-9673

Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine

Chief of Hospital Medicine, Regions Hospital

Core Faculty, Internal Medicine Residency Program

Ultrasound Director, Hospital Medicine, HealthPartners


Summary

Dr. Benji Mathews graduated from the Institute of Technology at the University of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota Medical School. He completed his internal medicine residency and Chief Residency through the University of Minnesota. He joined HealthPartners and holds the titles of Chief of Hospital Medicine at Regions Hospital and Director of Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) for Hospital Medicine at HealthPartners. He is known as a master clinician with extensive expertise in diagnostic reasoning, diagnostic error, and point of care ultrasound.

Dr. Mathews has a passion for medical education, care delivery, and quality. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine and served as a core faculty of the University of Minnesota Internal Medicine Residency Program. He led the development of the Resident Assessment and Coaching Program (RAC) as part of the Clinical Competency Committee for the residency program. Dr. Mathews is active locally and nationally with the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) where he has served on many national committees. He is the course director for the 2020 SHM annual meeting and is a past President of the Minnesota Chapter. As the director of hospital medicine point of care ultrasound (POCUS), Dr. Mathews co-created and co-leads the HealthPartners training program that has since been nationally recognized as the standard for hospitalist training and assessment by the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) and the American College of Chest Physicians. He has completed the Certificate of Leadership in Hospital Medicine (CLHM) and has completed a fellowship in Diagnostic Safety through the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM). His work in diagnostic error and POCUS has been well recognized with multiple workshops, presentations and publications.

Dr. Mathews also has a passion for global health, rooted in his commitment to reducing health care disparities both locally and globally. He has worked with medical missions, NGOs, and orphanages in Nepal, India, Bolivia, Honduras, and Costa Rica. More recently, he has served with a longitudinal ultrasound training program in Haiti and training physicians who work with refugees with the International Organization of Migration in Uganda.

Professional Associations

  • Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM)
  • American College of Physicians (ACP)
  • Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM)

Research

Publications

1. Soni, N., Schnobrich, D, Mathews, B, Reierson K et al. Point of Care Ultrasound for Hospitalists: A Position Statement of the Society of Hospital Medicine. J Hosp Med 2019.
2. Mathews B, Reierson K, Vuong K, Mehta A, Miller P, Koenig S, Narasimhan M. The Design and Evaluation of the Comprehensive Hospitalist Assessment and Mentorship with Portfolios (CHAMP) Ultrasound Program. JHM 2018.
3. Meyer, A., Thompson, P, Khanna A, Desai S, Mathews B., Yousef, E., Kusnoor A., Singh, H. Evaluating a Mobile Application for Improving Clinical Laboratory Test Ordering and Diagnosis. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. April 2018. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocy026
4. Mathews, B., Miller, P., Olson, A. Point of Care Ultrasound Improves Shared Diagnostic Understanding Between Patients and Providers. Southern Medical Journal. 2018.
5. Schnobrich, D, Mathews, B., Muthyala, B., Trappey, B. Olson, A. Entrusting Internal Medicine Residents to Use Point of Care Ultrasound: Towards Improved Assessment and Supervision. Medical Teacher. 2018.
6. Diagnostic Cases in Hospital Medicine – Project Chair. A Collaboration between Society of Hospital Medicine and Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine. Online CME-MOC activity. 2018 https://www.shmlearningportal.org/content/diagnostic-cases-hospital-medicine
7. Mathews, B. Zwank, M. Hospital Medicine Point of Care Ultrasound Credentialing: An Example Protocol. JHM 2017.
8. Mathews, B. Ratcliffe, T., Sejhal, R., Abraham, J., Monash, B., Fecal occult blood testing in hospitalized patients with upper gastrointestinal bleeding. J Hosp Med. 2017;7;567-569.
9. Getting it Right: Cases to Improve Diagnosis. Co-Author of online CME-MOC activity, a collaboration of ACP and the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine. 2017. https://www.acponline.org/improvediagnosis
10. Ruedinger E, Mathews B, Olson A. Decision - diagnosis: an introduction to diagnostic error and medical decision-making. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2016;12:10378.
11. Mathews, B. Capsule Commentary on Gonzalo, Et Al., Impact of an Overnight Internal Medicine Academic Hospitalist Program on Patient Outcomes. Journal of General Internal Medicine 2015.
12. Mathews, B, Olson, A, Ruedinger, E. Teaching about Cognitive Error. Academic Internal Medicine Insight. 2014