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Michael Lee Astion, MD, PhD

Michael Lee Astion, MD, PhD

Pathology

On staff since January 2011

Children's Title: Medical Director, Department of Laboratories

Academic Title: Professor

Recommendations

  • Paul Fort Atkinson, WI 07.18.12

    Heard him speak while at AACC Conference in LA (2012). Concepts presented regarding the human resource impact on lab quality were splendid.

  • Amy Seattle, WA 01.19.12

    fantastic in patholigy, I truly recomend him.

Overview

Board Certification(s)

Pathology - Clinical

Medical/Professional School

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia

Residency

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 Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
Outstanding Contributions to Laboratory Education Given to one recipient annually for contributions to education in clinical laboratory science. American Association for Clinical Chemistry 2014
Contributions to Management Science An 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 Safety An international award given annually for conributions to decreasing errors in laboratory testing. American Association for Clinical Chemistry 2005 - 2006

Publications

  • Heim JA, Huang H, Zabinsky ZB, Dickerson J, Wellner M, Astion M, Cruz D, Vincent J, Jack R
    Design and implementation of a combined influenza immunization and tuberculosis screening campaign with simulation modelling.
    26009843 Journal of evaluation in clinical practice , 2015 Aug. - 2015 Aug. : 21(4)727-34
  • Astion ML
    Humanizing Lean in the Clinical Lab
    Clinical Laboratory News , 2015 : 41(7)
  • Dickerson J and Astion M.
    Unnecessary and unintended 1,25 Dihydroxyvitamin D Order Patterns: A Metaphor for Life.
    Clinical Laboratory News , 2015 Jan. : 41(1)(1)22-23
  • Cole, B, Dickerson JA, Graber ML, Fantz CR, Laposata M, Henriksen K, Astion ML, and Epner P.
    A prospective tool for risk assessment of sendout testing.
    Clin Chem Acta. , 2014 Mar. 29 : 434C:1-5
  • Dickerson JA, Cole B, Conta JH, Wellner M, Wallace SA, Jack RM, Rutledge J, and Astion ML.
    Improving the value of costly genetic reference laboratory testing with active utilization management
    Arch Path Lab Med. , 2014 : 138110-113
  • Dickerson J, Cole B, Jack R, Astion M.
    Another laboratory test utilization program: our approach to reducing unnecessary 1,25 Vitamin D orders with a simple intervention.
    Am J Clin Pathol , 2014 : 138(1)110-113
  • Astion M
    Reducing Errors in Manual Processes
    Clinical Laboratory News , 2014 : 40(1)
    https://www.aacc.org/publications/cln/articles/2014/january/psf-errors
  • Dickerson J, Jack RM, Astion ML
    A Systematic Approach to Improve the Quality and Economics of Laboratory Send-outs in a Pediatric Reference Laboratory
    Modern Pathology , 2012 : 25342-343
  • Dickerson J, Cole, B and Astion ML
    Ten Ways to Improve the Quality of Send-out Testing
    Clinical Laboratory News , 2012 : 38(4)
  • Dintzis SM, Stetsenko GY, Sitlani CM, Gronowski AM, Astion ML, Gallagher TH
    Communicating pathology and laboratory errors: anatomic pathologists' and laboratory medical directors' attitudes and experiences.
    21502431 American journal of clinical pathology , 2011 May : 135(5)760-5
  • Astion ML
    Disruptive Behavior: How Labs Can Recognize and Ovecome its Negative Effects
    Clinical Laboratory News , 2011 : 37(7)13
  • Amukele TK, Hoofnagle AN, Astion ML
    Use of a resident on-call database to characterize failures in communicating critical laboratory results.
    19498048 Clinical chemistry , 2009 Aug. : 55(8)1590-1
  • Reed RC, Kim S, Farquharson K, Astion ML
    A 2-year study of patient safety competency assessment in 29 clinical laboratories.
    18480014 American journal of clinical pathology , 2008 June : 129(6)959-62
  • Edlefsen KL, Tait JF, Wener MH, Astion M
    Utilization and diagnostic yield of neurogenetic testing at a tertiary care facility.
    17446330 Clinical chemistry , 2007 June : 53(6)1016-22
  • Hoofnagle AN, Chou D, Astion ML
    Online database for documenting clinical pathology resident education.
    17040954 Clinical chemistry , 2007 Jan. : 53(1)134-7
  • Goodyear N, Kim S, Reeves M, Astion ML
    A 2-year study of Gram stain competency assessment in 40 clinical laboratories.
    16482988 American journal of clinical pathology , 2006 Jan. : 125(1)28-33
  • Yuan S, Astion ML, Schapiro J, Limaye AP
    Clinical impact associated with corrected results in clinical microbiology testing.
    15872240 Journal of clinical microbiology , 2005 May : 43(5)2188-93 PMCID: PMC1153769
  • Kim S, Reeves M, Astion ML
    Web-based method for establishing national competency benchmarks in fourteen areas of clinical laboratory services.
    15044332 Clinical chemistry , 2004 Apr, : 50(4)753-5
  • Astion ML, Shojania KG, Hamill TR, Kim S, Ng VL
    Classifying laboratory incident reports to identify problems that jeopardize patient safety.
    12866368 American journal of clinical pathology , 2003 July : 120(1)18-26

Presentations

Presentations Title Event Location Date
New Years Resolutions for Laboratory Management American Association for Clinical Chemistry and Roche Diagnostics Laboratory Leadership (L2) National Webinar Broadcast to National Audience of 120 Clinical Laboratories in 35 states. Jan. 6, 2016
Annual Carl and Susan Smith Endowed Lecture. "A Local and National Intervention to Improve the Utilization of Clinical Laboratory Tests Washington University, Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds St. Louis, MO March 20, 2015
Annual Carl and Susan Smith Endowed Lecture: "A Local and National Intervention to Improve the Utilization of Clinical Laboratory Tests". Washington University St. Louis, MO Jan. 20, 2015
"A Local and National Intervention to Improve the Utilization of Clinical Laboratory Tests". Johns Hopkins, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Grand Rounds Baltimore, MD Feb. 24, 2014
Laboratory Testing Could be Hazardous to Your Health: A Look at Test Utilization for Autoantibody Testing Autoimmune Congress Asia Singapore 2011
Impact of Neglected Human Resource Issues on Laboratory Quality POLQM Quality Symposium Vancouver, BC 2011
Putting Power into Patient Safety Interventions in the Clinical Laboratory Emory University Dept of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Grand Rounds Atlanta, GA 2010