Toluwalase Ajayi, MD

Director, Diversity Initiatives and Clinical Researcher, Digital Medicine, Scripps Research Translational Institute
Director, Palliative Medicine, Scripps Mercy Hospital


Toluwalase "Lase" Ajayi is a palliative care physician and pediatrician. She is dedicated to expanding the benefits of palliative medicine across all ages, as well as improving communication with seriously ill patients. She has a strong interest in studying methods of improving communication between seriously ill patients and hospital teams, as well as investigating how palliative medicine can improve the quality of lives of patients with previously devastating pediatric disease who are now living well into adulthood. This group of patients includes, but is not limited to, those with congenital heart defects, cystic fibrosis, and hemoglobinopathies as well as survivors of pediatric cancers.

She currently serves as the medical director of palliative medicine at Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego and is well published in her work with patients with serious illnesses. She completed medical school and residency at the University of Kansas and moved to San Diego for a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.


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