Elections will be held at the Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates on June 14, 2022.

Officers and four councils are elected by the American Medical Association House of Delegates (HOD) at the Annual Meeting. The elections are by secret ballot and are conducted under the supervision of the Committee on Rules and Credentials and the chief teller, who are appointed by the speaker and vice speaker, who are responsible for overall administration of the elections.

Toluwalase "Lase" Ajayi, MD




Dr. Ajayi knows that our patients deserve our best efforts to reform our health care system—shattering barriers to care and uplifting the quality of care we provide while allowing physicians to regain their joy in practicing medicine.  By working collaboratively, Lase will ensure that our AMA continues to transform health care to meet the diverse needs of her patients and physician colleagues. Her priorities include:

  • Expanding access to care by rooting out financial barriers to practice, removing impediments to equity, and revering erosions of physician-patient trust
  • Leveraging mobile & telehealth technologies to bring the practice of medicine into a post-pandemic future
  • Moving beyond talking about well-being by ensuring physician thriving, thereby bringing back the joy to the practice of medicine so that we can provide the best care for our patients

To learn more, please check out www.AjayiForBOT.com

Toluwalase "Lase" Ajayi, MD, moves medicine
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine
  • American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists
  • California Medical Association
  • AMA Young Physician Section
  • AMA PacWest Conference
  • AMA Section Council on Pediatrics
  • AMA Minority Affairs Section
Toluwalase A. Ajayi, MD

Dr. Ajayi is a leader, teacher, researcher and advocate. She is the director of clinical research & diversity initiatives at Scripps Research Translational Institute, the medical director of the Scripps Mercy Palliative Care team, a pediatric hospitalist, and a home-based pediatric palliative care physician. She is president-elect and a member of the Executive Committee of the San Diego County Medical Society and the CATCH grant facilitator for the American Academy of Pediatrics CA-3 Chapter, helping to connect community pediatricians to grants for research and quality improvement.

On the state level, she works for her patients and colleagues as the chair of the Council of Medical Services for California Medical Association. She collaborates across specialties and practice modalities to expand and modernize CMA policies on topics like the future of medical service in a post pandemic world, reducing administrative burdens, accelerating advances in telehealth for physician practice, and improved patient care access.

At the American Medical Association, Lasé has served in leadership positions throughout the Young Physician Section including currently as the Immediate-past Chair of that Section. She has been an American Academy of Pediatrics delegate since 2017 and has held other leadership roles throughout national organized medicine including at the American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine, the Center to Advance Palliative Care, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Lasé’s journey to medicine began when she was seven years old. That was when she and her family immigrated to the United States as political refugees. During that journey, she experienced a public health system and screening that left her feeling like she was “less than human.” Her mom says that it was then Lasé told her that she wanted to be a doctor for children, so no child would have to feel the way she did when they needed help.

Dr. Ajayi grew up in Lawrence, Kansas, and competed undergraduate, medical school and residency training at the University of Kansas before moving to San Diego to complete fellowship, which is where she met her partner, Dr. Kyle Edmonds, and where they live with their three children, Ayokárí, Tiwalọlá and Palmer.

Toluwalase "Lase" Ajayi, MD, and family

To learn more about Dr. Ajayi, check out www.LaseAjayi.com.

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