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Dr. Ashima Lal

Dr. Ashima Lal, MD

Associate Medical Director, Grady Palliative Care Service

Dr. Ashima Lal is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Palliative Care & Hospice and completed her residency and fellowship at SUNY University at Buffalo, NY. She was happy to return home as an Atlanta Native and joined Grady in 2015. Her interests lie in caring for seriously ill patients in a resource-limited setting and as a clinician-educator, as she serves as the third-year medical student clerkship director.

In my short tenure, I have helped expand the inpatient and outpatient palliative care service at Grady. It is a privilege to work with our patient population. My interests as an educator lie primarily in promoting primary palliative care, basic skills that are required of all physicians and other health care professionals.




  • Internal Medicine

Board Certifications

  • ABMS Family Medicine


  • University of Buffalo


  • Emory

Education & Training

  • Residency: University of Buffalo

Honors & Awards

Scheig Palliative Care Education and Research Award, July 2014 (Honors the legacy of Robert Scheig, MD who created the first hospice in the US at Yale University)

Poster Award, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine 2018

Educator Appreciation Day, Emory School of Medicine Recognitions Committee, 2018

Selected for Palliative Care Education and Practice Course, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA, 2017-2018

Selected for National Cancer Institute-sponsored Inter-professional Education Exchange (iPEX) Project ( for 2020-2021


Feng Y, Lal Ashima, Li N, Xiao L. Subtypes of Cryptosporidium spp. in mice and other small mammals. Experimental Parasitology. 127:238-242, 2011.

Iriemenam NC, Shah M, Gatei W, van Eijk AM, Ayisi J, Kariuki S, Vanden Eng J, Owino SO, Lal Ashima, Omosun YO, Otieno K, Desai M, ter Kuile FO, Nahlen B, Moore J, Hamel MJ, Ouma P, Slutsker L, Shi YP. Temporal trends of sulphadoxine- pyrimethamine (SP) drug-resistance molecular markers in Plasmodium falciparum parasites from pregnant women in western Kenya. Malar J. 2012 ;11:134. doi: 10.1186/1475-2875-11-134.

Shah M, Omosun Y, Lal Ashima, Odero C, Gatei W, Otieno K, Gimnig J, Kuile F, Hawley W, Nahlen B, Kariuki S, Walker E, Slutsker L, Hamel M, Shi YP. Assessment of molecular markers for antimalarial drug resistance after the introduction and scale-up of malaria control interventions in western Kenya. Malar J 2015 14:75 doi:10.1186/s12936-015-0588-4

Kebbe J, Lal Ashima, El-Solh A, Jaoude P. Effects of PTSD on Patient Outcomes in the Intensive Care Unit. CHEST 148 (4): October 2015

Szekendi MK, Vaughn J, Lal Ashima, Ouchi K, Williams MV. The Prevalence of Inpatients at 33 U.S. Hospitals Appropriate for and Receiving Referral to Palliative Care. J Palliat Med. 2016 Apr;19(4):360-72. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2015.0236.

Jaoude P, Lal Ashima, Vermont L, Porhomayon J, El-Solh AA. Pain Intensity and Opioid Utilization in Response to CPAP Therapy in Veterans with Obstructive Sleep Apnea on Chronic Opioid Treatment. J Clin. Sleep Med. 2016 Aug 15;12(8):1105-11. doi: 10.5664/jcsm.6046.

Lal Ashima, Jaoude Phillippe, El-Solh Ali. Prolonged versus intermittent infusion of betal-lactams for the treatment of nosocomial pneumonia: A meta-analysis. Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy. 2016 Jun;48(2):81-90. doi: 10.3947/ic.2016.48.2.81. Epub 2016 Jun 30.

Tunsupon P, Lal Ashima, Abo Kamas M, Mador J. Comorbidities in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Outcomes. Journal of Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention. 2017 Jul;37(4):283-289. doi: 10.1097/HCR.0000000000000236.

Comino M, Beck T, Amzat R, Armstrong K, Lal Ashima, Quest T, Martin-Rosella M. Validation of the Diagnostic Tool for Complexity in Palliative Care – Criterion Validation Study (S738). Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 55(2):677. Feb 2018

Comino M, Beck T, Amzat R, Armstrong K, Lal Ashima, Quest T, Martin-Rosella M. Validation of the Diagnostic Tool for Complexity in Palliative Care – Pilot Study (S727). Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 55(2):670-1. Feb 2018

Lal Ashima, LaFollete J, Terrell C. Opioid prescribing upon discharge for patients with solid malignancies. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2018 36:34_suppl, 50-50

Lal Ashima, Basri D, Bing J, Yaeger K. Pharmacists perspectives on practice, availability, and barriers related to opioids in Georgia. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. AJHPM 2018-09-181.R1 Oct 2019

Lal Ashima, Curseen K, Kavalieratos D. Teaching Tele-Palliative Care – An elective rotation for medical students during the COVID19 Pandemic. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. Submitted

Lal Ashima, Case A. Palliation of COPD. Annals of Palliative Medicine. 3 (4): 276-285, 2014

Lal Ashima, DeSandre Paul, Quest Tammie. "Trapped in a Breathless Condition - A Case Report and Discussion of Malignant Pleural Effusion and Trapped Lung" Clinical Medical Reviews and Case Reports 2015, 2:8

Khanna I, Lal Ashima. Palliative Care - An Indian Perspective. ARC Journal of Public Health and Community Medicine. December 2016. Paper ID ARCJPHCM-161205

Lal Ashima, Nair R, Basri D. Curious Case of Vanishing Cocaine. BAOJ Pall Medicine. 2017, 3:23:03