ApolloMD Names Matt Astin, MD, MPH, FAAEM Director of Ebola Preparedness
October 22, 2014 – As concerns regarding the Ebola virus continue to grow, ApolloMD is working proactively to support our physicians and client hospitals in this quickly evolving situation. In order to provide the best level of protection for our patients, clinical providers, hospital teams, and communities, we have appointed Matt Astin, MD, MPH, FAAEM as ApolloMD Director of Ebola Preparedness.
Dr. Astin currently serves as Regional Medical Director overseeing emergency services at Houston Healthcare in Warner Robins, Georgia and possesses an extensive background in leadership, clinical research, and education. As Director of Ebola Preparedness, Dr. Astin will work to assess and enhance ApolloMD clinical departments’ readiness to respond to potential Ebola cases. He will serve as an expert liaison between the CDC, the ApolloMD corporate team, our team of over 1,000 practicing physicians, and client hospital administrators to communicate updates and changes to Ebola-related protocols.
Dr. Astin attended Mercer University in Macon, Georgia where he earned both a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in History. He then continued at Mercer to earn an MPH and an MD. Following medical school, Dr. Astin completed a combined Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine residency at East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine in Greenville, North Carolina.
After completing his EM/IM training, Dr. Astin returned to Georgia to practice with Mercer University at Medical Center of Central Georgia. There, he served in numerous leadership roles including Associate Director of the Emergency Department, Medical Director of the Clinical Decision Unit, and Clinical Assistant Professor of both the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine. In addition, he served on the Critical Care and Code Blue Committees while also acting as the Emergency Medicine Department Trauma Liaison and Therapeutic Hypothermia Physician Champion. Along with physician education, Dr. Astin has played an integral role in nursing development at MCCG, presenting at the Annual Emergency Nursing Conference and Critical Care Nursing Academy.
“We are aware that concerns are growing regarding the Ebola virus, and we are working proactively to ensure that our teams are prepared if the need to provide care to an Ebola patient should arise,” said Mike Dolister, MD, CEO. “We are excited to have Dr. Astin leading this charge and look forward to continuing to give each patient our best.”
Please click here for the CDC’s latest guidelines for United States healthcare workers regarding the Ebola virus.