Ed Iliff
(1947 - 2017)

Ed Iliff

April 6, 1947

December 11, 2017

Dr. Ed Iliff passed away on December 11th of natural causes in his home in La Jolla. He leaves a legacy of being the critical architect of the Emergency Department of Scripps Memorial Hospital – La Jolla as well as being a highly successful businessman and inventor of FirstOpinion - a product that automates diagnosing.

Ed was one of the early pioneers in emergency medicine before the specialty was really recognized. He joined Scripps in 1976 and was instrumental in creating the new “Department” of Emergency Medicine and then through his leadership over many years built that department. He put his soul into hiring the very best physicians and worked with the nurses and hospital to deliver the highest possible quality of care.

In addition to being the Director of the Emergency Department, he started a highly successful company. In the early 80’s when computers were just beginning, he become convinced that diagnosing was logical and therefore computable. His pursuit over 20 years resulted in personally creating over 50 patents and the development of a prototype program that returned diagnoses when fed symptoms. Hoping to leverage this product into a universally accessible product, he sold his prototype and patents to a public company. When the buyer failed to execute, he attempted to buy his product back so that it could be freely available to everyone.

Despite his stage-worthy sense of humor, he always preferred to remain in the background deflecting credit for his work to others. Even at the elaborate parties he would host for the department, he would often leave early to avoid the limelight. Though he remained single, preferring to dedicate his life to his profession, he leaves behind a family of emergency physicians, nurses and staff who look up to him as a Father. He will be missed.

Though his family has elected to have a small private service, all are encouraged to leave their thoughts and comments in the guest book or light a candle in his memory.

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Peace be with you Ed. Our connection will live beyond our bodies. I miss and love you.
Laurie Negro (Friend )
August 22nd, 2019
Peace be with you Ed. Our connection will live beyond our bodies. I miss and love you.
Laurie Negro (Friend )
August 22nd, 2019
Peace be with you Ed. Our connection will live beyond our bodies. I miss and love you.
Laurie Negro
August 22nd, 2019
Your earth birthday! Thinking of you with love, and wishing you peaceful rest. Ginevra .
Ginevra Blake (Friend)
April 6th, 2019
Eddie,I will always remember the fun times that we shared at work and outside of work.You were a very bright physician and light to others around you.I miss your laugh and imagination.I am so thankful that you came to know the Lord and are in heaven now.I look forward to seeing you again one day in heaven.John 3:16:For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Jodi Kronzer (Friend)
March 28th, 2019
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"Today is your earth birthday, Ed. Thinking of you with love and kindness."
Ginevra Blake
April 6th, 2019
"A friend, a colleague, caring, generous, fair, brilliant, humorous and witty. I so appreciate and miss you. You had a great impact on me, my family, my colleagues and your patients. My condolences to your family and friends."
Monte Mellon
January 25th, 2018
"Ed, I'll miss the talks, listening to each other, and those Gin and Tonics. We are better for having known you. Marty"
martin griglak
January 10th, 2018
"rest in peace Ed ! We all will be missing you Ed. Your kindness .you never forgotten Love you Ed Iliff."
January 9th, 2018
"Dear Cindy and Paul- Heartfelt condolences on the loss of Ed. As a member of his “work family” I join you in missing him and remembering the wonderful man he was. Sincerely, Linda Good"
Linda Good
January 8th, 2018
"Rest in Peace my good friend. Thanks for all you've done for me. Your wit, intelligence and kindness will never be forgotten."
Steve Gormican
January 8th, 2018


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