Deirdre Astin, MS, MT(ASCP)
Health Program Administrator, New York State Department of Health
Deirdre Astin, MS, MT (ASCP), is a Health Program Director with the New York State Department of Health. She joined the Department in 1994 as Deputy Director, then Director of the Clinical Laboratory Evaluation Program and as Director of Regulatory Affairs for the State’s laboratory oversight programs. From 2011 to 2015 Deirdre worked with the State’s Division of Financial Policy and Planning on projects related to the implementation of health care reform. In 2015 she joined the State’s Office of Primary Care and Health Systems Management as the Deputy Director for the Division of Hospitals and Diagnostic and Treatment Centers, which oversees state and federal certification and surveillance activities for hospitals and outpatient services in New York state. Deirdre obtained a BS in Medical Technology from Stony Brook University and a Masters in Human Resources from the New School. She spent 20 years practicing as a generalist technologist, hematology and blood bank supervisor, and laboratory manager. Deirdre serves as a member of the CLSI Finance Committee. Her interests include quality management systems, global health, and laboratory performance improvement. She actively participates in document development projects for CLSI and in 2009 she spent three months as a CLSI laboratory mentor in Tanzania.