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Gastroenterology Division

Our Gastroenterology physicians diagnose and treat a variety of GI issues, from reflux to ulcers and diseases of the liver.

Gastroenterology Division Faculty

Matlock Robert ContactRobert (Jake) Matlock, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School

Division Director, Gastroenterology Division, Hennepin Healthcare

Senior Medical Director, Clinic and Specialty Center (CSC), Hennepin Healthcare

Dr. Matlock specializes in general Gastroenterology with a focus on pancreatic and bile duct diseases, as well as advanced endoscopy and post-operative endoscopy.

Education and training

  • Gastroenterology Fellowship, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN
  • Internal Medicine Residency, Hennepin Healthcare, Minneapolis, MN
  • General Surgery Residency, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN
  • Graduate Research Fellowship, University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL
  • MD, University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, AL
  • BA, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Debes Jose Contact 2Jose Debes, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School

Dr. Debes specializes in caring for patients with liver diseases, particularly those with viral hepatitis, cirrhosis, liver cancer, and hepatic problems secondary to immune disorders. He divides his time between caring for clinic patients and advancing research in viral hepatitis and liver cancer globally.

Education and training

  • PhD, Immunology, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Gastroenterology Fellowship, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN
  • Internal Medicine Residency, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN
  • Internal Medicine Internship, MetroWest Medical Center, Framingham, MA
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  • MS, Mayo Graduate School, Rochester, MN
  • MD, Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Argentina

Jason Eckmann, MD

I joined the GI group at Hennepin Healthcare in September of 2023, with a focus on General Gastroenterology. I had the opportunity to spend time at Hennepin during my fellowship training and was drawn to the patient population as well as opportunities for education and engagement with trainees.

Education and training

  • Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN
  • Chief Resident, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
  • Internal Medicine Internship and Residency, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  • MD, Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, NE
  • BA, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN

Publications

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Teaching Activities

Teaching medical students, residents, and GI fellows in hospital consult service, in clinic, and in the endoscopy suite.

Hanada Yuri ContactYuri Hanada, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School 

Dr. Hanada is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology and joined Hennepin Healthcare after completing her advanced endoscopy fellowship at the University of Colorado Hospital. Her clinical practice focuses on the use of endoscopic ultrasound and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography for the diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant biliary and pancreatic disorders, as well as minimally invasive endoscopic resection of pre-malignant lesions throughout the gastrointestinal tract.

Education and training

  • Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship, University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora, CO
  • Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  • Certificate in Clinical and Translation Science, Mayo Clinic Graduate School for Medical, Rochester, MN
  • Internal Medicine Residency, Osler Medical Training Program, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
  • MD, Mayo Medical School, Rochester, MN
  • BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Malli Ahmad ContactAhmad Malli, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School

Dr. Malli treats a wide variety of general gastrointestinal disorders but has a special interest in pancreatic disorders.

Education and training

  • Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition Fellowship, Ohio State University, Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio
  • Internal Medicine Residency, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN
  • Internal Medicine Internship, American University of Beirut (AUB), Beirut, Lebanon
  • Research Fellowship, Gastroenterology Division, American University of Beirut Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon
  • MD, American University of Beirut (AUB), Beirut, Lebanon
  • BS, American University of Beirut (AUB), Beirut, Lebanon

Moscandrew Maria ContactMaria Moscandrew, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School

Dr. Moscandrew has a special interest in inflammatory bowel disease and women’s health.

Education and training

  • Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  • Internal Medicine Residency, Boston University, Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA
  • MD, Loyola University, Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, IL
  • BA/BM, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Mauricio Torrealbea, MD

Education and training

  • Gastroenterology Fellowship, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN
  • Internal Medicine Residency, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • Internal Medicine Internship, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • MD, Universidad de Ciencias Medicas, San Jose, Costa Rica

Gastroenterology Division Advanced Practice Providers

Marisa Baker, PA-C

I am a Physician Assistant who specializes in the treatment of digestive disorders. I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience at the University of St. Thomas.  I then received a Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies at St. Catherine’s University.

Education and training

  • MPAS, St. Catherine’s University, St. Paul, MN
  • BS, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN

Other Key Professional Activities

  • American Association of Physician Assistants Member
  • Minnesota Association of Physician Assistants Member

Powell Jesse ContactJesse Powell, PA-C

Lead APP, Department of Medicine, Hennepin Healthcare

Chelsea Shaw, PA-C

Residency Education Director, Gastroenterology Division

I have been a Physician Assistant in Gastroenterology since October 2016.  I joined Hennepin Healthcare in July 2021 to care for hospitalized patients with gastrointestinal conditions. I support the mission of Hennepin Healthcare and enjoy working with trainees at all levels.  I strongly believe in encouraging patients and their families to participate in decisions regarding their medical care. I am committed to providing the best care possible while honoring individual preferences, values, and goals.

Education & Training

  • Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, University of Wisconsin La Crosse, WI
  • Bachelor of Science- University of Wisconsin La Crosse, WI

Teaching Activities

  • Preceptor for Physician Assistant students

Other Key Professional Activities

  • Practice Standards Committee member