MD, FACP, FAAP
Name: Shannon Sawyer
Dr. Benson currently serves as Chief Academic Officer for the MHealth-FV Academic Health System reporting to the Dean of the Medical School. He is a graduate of the Vanderbilt University Medical School and is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. He completed training in Med-Peds here at the University of Minnesota and subsequently served as Residency Program Director of his former program for the 10 years spanning 2002-2012. During that time he led the national Med-Peds Program Directors' Association as its President from 2008-9. Dr. Benson served as the Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine from 2009 to 2018, during which time the Division grew from 25 to 60 faculty members with major expansion of the research and scholarship portfolio. Additionally, in 2011, he started the Hospital Medicine Program and served as the Executive Medical Director here until 2018. Dr. Benson's interests include Hospital Medicine; Primary Care for adults and children; care of adolescent and adult survivors of childhood cancer; and Milestone based competency assessment across the continuum of medical education; and integration of clinical research into a Learning Health System framework.
Creative Activity Summary
1. Advisor for Leadership Strike Team and Volunteer Physician, Medical Reserve Corps, University of Minnesota
a. MN Lifeline – Katrina Deployment Wave 1 – 2005
b. 1-35 Bridge Collapse Response – 2007
c. Large Regional Full-Scale Exercise - test response capabilities following a structural collapse in downtown Minneapolis - 2013
2. Volunteer Preceptor, Phillips Neighborhood Clinic, Minneapolis, MN.
a. Precepted at student run clinic
b. About every 2-3 months between 2002-2009
3. Volunteer Disaster Relief Physician
a. Haiti Earthquake, 2010
Primary Care; Long-Term Follow-up Care After Childhood Cancer; Hospital Medicine; Evidence-Based Medicine; Medicine on the Internet