On staff since January 2011
Children's Title: Medical Director, Department of Laboratories
Academic Title: Professor
Michael Astion, MD, PhD
Dr. Astion is a clinical pathologist who is Medical Director, Department of Laboratories at Seattle Childrens Hospital and Clinical Professor of Laboratory Medicine at the University of Washington. For almost two decades he worked at the University of Washington, Department of Laboratory Medicine where he was a Professor and Director of Reference Laboratory Services. His career is divided between clinical service, teaching, clinical service, and research and development. He has authored more than 20 software titles, 40 peer-reviewed papers, and 40 editorials. His software, which has been translated into several languages, includes both laboratory tutorials and competency assessment exams, and these materials are now used by more than 40,000 clinical laboratory workers annually in 1500 labs as part of the Medical Training Solutions laboratory training library. He is the editor-in-chief of Patient Safety Focus, which appears quarterly within AACCs Clinical Laboratory News. He is currently working actively, through grants and intellectual property held by the University of Washington, with the insurance industry in the United States to create utilization management rules for clinical laboratory testing. In addition, he is one of the founders of PLUGS, the Pediatric Laboratory Utilization Guidance Service, a unique service that helps pediatric hospitals and clinics actively increase the value of lab testing. Dr. Astion is a frequent speaker at professional meetings, where he lectures on issues related to laboratory test utilization; test interpretation; laboratory economics and outreach; and medical errors. His awards include:
American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science Theriot Award for Excellence in Media, which he received twice for his educational software.
AACC Annual Award for Outstanding Contributions to Patient Safety (2006)
AACC Annual Award for Contributions to Management Science (2007)
AACC Annual Award for Contributions to Education (2014)
Heard him speak while at AACC Conference in LA (2012). Concepts presented regarding the human resource impact on lab quality were splendid.
fantastic in patholigy, I truly recomend him.
Pathology - Clinical
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia
Pathology - Clinical, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Pathology - Clinical, University of Washington, Seattle
Laboratory Utilization, Continuous Performance Improvement, Laboratory Economics, Autoantibody testing, Patient Safety
OC.8.720 - Pathology Lab
4800 Sand Point Way NE
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