Toluwalase Ajayi, MD, FAAP
Director, Clinical Research and Diversity Initiatives, Scripps Research Translational Institute
Toluwalase “Lase” Ajayi is a pediatrician and fellowship-trained palliative care physician. She currently director of Clinical Research and Diversity Initiatives at Scripps Research Translational Institute as well as an assistant professor of Pediatrics at UC San Diego and Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego where she works as a community hospitalist and pediatric palliative medicine physician. She also serves the medical director of adult palliative medicine at Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego.
Dr. Ajayi is a member of the Pediatric Operations Task Force and on the Digital Health Technologies committee of the All of Us Research Program with the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Ajayi’s research focuses on opportunities at the intersection of novel digital medicine technologies and unmet needs in maternal fetal health as well as pain and palliative medicine. She hopes to increase participation of pregnant women and their newborn in clinical research and further investigate how mobile health can provide real time, patient reported outcomes that can be rapidly integrated into individualized clinical plans to improve health related quality of life. With these efforts, she hopes to diversify the standard of care provided to pregnant women and augment how we manage the symptoms prevalent in serious illness, with the goal of decreasing distress and associated hospital and emergency room utilization.