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Elissa Passiment, Ed.M., MT(ASCP)

Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Health Professions at Rutgers University
Emeritus Executive Vice President, American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS)


Elissa Passiment is a clinical laboratory scientist with over forty years’ experience in medical laboratory science as staff scientist, director of a Medical Laboratory Science Program and manager of Chemistry and Immunology at an academic medical center. She currently teaches courses on the renal system and disease, the utilization of laboratory services and CLIA regulations at Rutgers in the School of Health Professions. Elissa has also spent twenty years in health care consulting and health care policy. During her consulting tenure, she and her staff conducted studies and redesigned the work and the facilities for hospitals in the United States and Canada.

She has been an active member of ASCLS, serving on numerous national committees, its Board of Directors and as President in 1988-89. Ms. Passiment uses her science background and experience to analyze policies and systems as they relate to the future of health care, its changing emphasis, reimbursement, patient safety, quality delivery and business potential. She has served on the congressionally mandated Negotiated Rulemaking Committee convened to standardize and simplify reimbursement for laboratory services under Medicare Part B; presented testimony to Institute of Medicine studies, and works on projects with the FDA, CMS, and CDC. She is on the Editorial Board of Lab Tests Online. She was a member of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee (CLIAC) and served as Chair from 2009-11.

Awards & Accolades

  • Recipient of the 2000 National Laboratory Public Service National Leadership Award
  • Mendelson Awards (3) from the Education & Research Fund of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Chair, Clinical Laboratory Advisory Committee, Federal Advisory Committee (2009-2011)
  • Founding member, Clinical Laboratory Integration into Healthcare Collaborative, a CDC initiative
  • Lead author: Decoding Laboratory Test Names: A Major Challenge to Appropriate Patient Care