Benji Mathews, MD, MBA, 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 11503F
St Paul, MN, 55101

Administrative Assistant Name
Rachel Stuart

Administrative Phone
651-254-5529

Administrative Fax Number
651-254-3048

Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine

Chief of Hospital Medicine, Regions Hospital

Division Head, Primary Care, Regions Hospital

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. 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), a fellowship in Diagnostic Safety through the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) and a Healthcare Masters of Business Administration (MBA). His work in diagnostic error and POCUS has been well recognized with multiple workshops, presentations and publications. His work with various societies are also notable for efforts to create educational platforms and spaces to address health equity and antiracism work.

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, Costa Rica and Haiti. He has trained physicians who work with refugees with the International Organization of Migration in Uganda, Thailand and Indonesia.

When COVID-19 hit, Dr. Mathews was tapped as the lead physicians on all operations related to the pandemic in the hospital medicine department, including determining staffing levels in the intensive care unit during the peak surges. He has been featured on local and national news publications to discuss the double pandemic with COVID-19, racism, health equity and strategies going forward.

Professional Associations

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

Research

Publications

  • Mathews, BK; Crichlow, R. COVID-19's growing toll reflects persistent health disparities. Minnesota Public Radio News with Kerri Miller. 2021. https://www.mprnews.org/episode/2021/01/15/covid19s-growing-death-toll-reflects-persistent-health-disparities.
  • Mehta A, Mathews BK. Webside Manner: Maskless Communication. Diagnosis. 2021. doi: 10.1515/dx-2020-0159.
  • Soni NJ, Mathews BK et al. Comparison of in-person versus tele-ultrasound point-of-care ultrasound training during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ultrasound Journal. 2021. doi: 10.1186/s13089-021-00242-6.
  • Maw AM, Mathews BK et al. Hospitalist Perceptions of Barrriers to Lung Ultrasound Adoption in Diverse Hospital Environments. Diagnostics. 2021. doi: 10.3390/diagnostics11081451
  • Mathews, BK, Malik M. Immigrant Physicians Fill a Critical Need in COVID-19 Response. J. Hosp Med. 2020. doi: 10.12788/jhm.3473.