American Association for Clinical Chemistry
Better health through laboratory medicine
Michael L. Astion, MD, PhD
2006 Award for Outstanding Clinical Laboratory Contributions to Patient Safety

Dr. Astion is a clinical pathologist who is an associate professor and director of reference laboratory services in the University of Washington, Department of Laboratory Medicine in Seattle, WA. His career is equally divided between teaching, clinical service, and research and development.

He has authored more than 20 software titles and more than 30 papers. His software includes both laboratory tutorials and competency assessment exams, and these materials are now used by more than 15,000 clinical laboratory workers each year.

He is the editor-in-chief of Laboratory Errors and Patient Safety, a newsletter dedicated to improving laboratory quality.

Dr. Astion is a frequent speaker at professional meetings, where he lectures on issues related to laboratory test interpretation, autoantibody testing, medical errors, medical informatics, and competency assessment. His previous awards include the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science’s Theriot Award for Excellence in Media, which he received twice for his educational software.

A frequent winner of the AACC outstanding speaker award, Dr. Astion has been active in the AACC, including as a symposium organizer on the 2005 Annual Meeting Organizing Committee. He currently heads the AACC patient safety task force.