Pediatrician | Researcher
A Physician Leading
Through A Time of Change
Dr. Toluwalasé "Lasé" A. Ajayi (pronounce) is a pediatrician, a palliative care physician, and a researcher. She is a Trustee of the American Medical Association and is the first black woman to be President of the San Diego County Medical Society. In 2022, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors recognized Dr. Ajayi for her “outstanding leadership, service, and commitment to the citizens of San Diego County" and, in 2023, the California Legislative Women's Caucus recognized her as a Woman Making Herstory in the 39th Senate District.
Dr. Ajayi is a first-generation immigrant, mother of three, physician spouse, researcher, and Black woman physician who cares for patients at both ends of the life spectrum. She's a pediatrician who practices adult and pediatric medicine in the hospital, in the clinic, and in the home--in both an academic and community practice setting. Dr. Ajayi's clinical translational research is at the intersection of mobile health and maternal-fetal health disparities as well as in cutting edge techniques to reduce pain management inequities in palliative care.
Passionate About Her Work
Dr. Ajayi is a leader, teacher, researcher, & advocate. She is a Digital Health Equity leader at the UCSD Jacobs Center for Health Innovation, the program director of the UC San Diego & Scripps Health Palliative Medicine Fellowship, a home-based pediatric palliative care physician, and an inpatient adult palliative medicine consultant.
I wanted to be a doctor since I was seven. Before then, I wanted to be a superhero. My daughter tells me I am both!
HOW I WORK
Translating Bedside Expertise
Using her clinical expertise to enact change at the regional, state, and national levels through organized medicine advocacy and physician-led health care policy.
Teaching medical students, residents, & fellows; pharmacy students & residents; and research interns. She is a sought after speaker and mentor.
Designing studies which produce outcomes that translate directly into improved patient care, more equitable health care, and innovative tools that physicians want.
I would love it if the people who are conducting the research studies looked more like the people we are trying to recruit and create more funding opportunities for. I would also like us to really look at what barriers exist in enrolling Black women in medicine, trials, and research, because a lot of times you don't take into account transportation and childcare. We don't consider the things that make it hard to be a Black woman in general because those are not the people who are doing the studies.
Leading the Way Forward
Dr. Ajayi's clinical work, research, and life story are what drive her advocacy to improve the lives of her patients and her colleagues. She has been featured in local & national fora for her diverse skill set, her unique clinical perspective, and her groundbreaking research in digital health.
My professional experience in advocacy and clinical practice is augmented by my personal experiences: I am a mother of three young children, a researcher, a physician who cares for patients at both ends of the life spectrum, all while being a historically under-represented minority in medical practice.