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Michael Lee Astion, MD, PhD

Michael Lee Astion, MD, PhD


On staff since January 2011

Children's Title: Director, Laboratory Medicine

Academic Title: Professor


PaulFort Atkinson, WI07.18.12
Heard him speak while at AACC Conference in LA (2012). Concepts presented regarding the human resource impact on lab quality were splendid.
AmySeattle, WA01.19.12
fantastic in patholigy, I truly recomend him.
Recommend Dr. Michael Astion


Board Certification(s)
Pathology - Clinical
Medical/Professional School
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia
Pathology - Clinical, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Pathology - Clinical, University of Washington, Seattle
Clinical Interests

Laboratory Utilization, Continuous Performance Improvement, Laboratory Economics, Autoantibody testing, Patient Safety

Awards and Honors

Award NameAward DescriptionAwarded ByAward Date
Contributions to Management ScienceAn international award given annually for contributions to management science as it relates to the clinical laboratory industry.American Association for Clinical Chemistry 2006 - 2007
Outstanding Contributions to Patient SafetyAn international award given annually for conributions to decreasing errors in laboratory testing.American Association for Clinical Chemistry 2005 - 2006


Ten Ways to Improve the Quality of Send-out Testing
Clinical Laboratory News , 2012: 38(4)
A Systematic Approach to Improve the Quality and Economics of Laboratory Send-outs in a Pediatric Reference Laboratory
Modern Pathology , 2012: 25342-343
Communicating pathology and laboratory errors: anatomic pathologists' and laboratory medical directors' attitudes and experiences.
American journal of clinical pathology , 2011 May: 135(5)760-5
Disruptive Behavior: How Labs Can Recognize and Ovecome its Negative Effects
Clinical Laboratory News , 2011: 37(7)13
Use of a resident on-call database to characterize failures in communicating critical laboratory results.
Clinical chemistry , 2009 Aug: 55(8)1590-1
A 2-year study of patient safety competency assessment in 29 clinical laboratories.
American journal of clinical pathology , 2008 Jun: 129(6)959-62
Utilization and diagnostic yield of neurogenetic testing at a tertiary care facility.
Clinical chemistry , 2007 Jun: 53(6)1016-22
Online database for documenting clinical pathology resident education.
Clinical chemistry , 2007 Jan: 53(1)134-7
A 2-year study of Gram stain competency assessment in 40 clinical laboratories.
American journal of clinical pathology , 2006 Jan: 125(1)28-33
Clinical impact associated with corrected results in clinical microbiology testing.
Journal of clinical microbiology , 2005 May: 43(5)2188-93
Web-based method for establishing national competency benchmarks in fourteen areas of clinical laboratory services.
Clinical chemistry , 2004 Apr: 50(4)753-5
Classifying laboratory incident reports to identify problems that jeopardize patient safety.
American journal of clinical pathology , 2003 Jul: 120(1)18-26


Presentations TitleEventLocationDate
Laboratory Testing Could be Hazardous to Your Health: A Look at Test Utilization for Autoantibody TestingAutoimmune Congress AsiaSingapore 2011
Impact of Neglected Human Resource Issues on Laboratory QualityPOLQM Quality SymposiumVancouver, BC 2011
Putting Power into Patient Safety Interventions in the Clinical LaboratoryEmory University Dept of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Grand RoundsAtlanta, GA 2010

Primary Office

Seattle Children's
OC.8.720 - Pathology Lab
4800 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

Additional Offices

University of Washington
UW Box 357110 - Clinical Laboratory
1959 NE Pacific St
Seattle, WA 98195-7110

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