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About Leah Lamale-Smith, MD

Leah Lamale-Smith, MD, is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist and perinatologist who specializes in high-risk pregnancies. As a provider of maternal-fetal medicine, she cares for pregnant women who have an increased chance that they or their babies will have health concerns.

Dr. Lamale-Smith's expertise is in performing invasive fetal procedures for prenatal screening and diagnosis, including chorionic villus sampling (CVS), amniocentesis, and fetal blood sampling and intrauterine transfusion. She is also experienced in caring for women with higher-order multiples, women with complex medical conditions such as autoimmune disorders and cardiac disease, and critically ill women who require intensive care during their pregnancy or postpartum period.

As an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, Dr. Lamale-Smith educates medical students, residents and fellows at UC San Diego School of Medicine. Her research interests include preeclampsia and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy and ultrasound in pregnancy.

Dr. Lamale-Smith has published numerous abstracts and peer-reviewed articles, and her work has appeared in Obstetrics & Gynecology, The Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine and Reproductive Sciences, among others.

She completed a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at University of Colorado School of Medicine and a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Lamale-Smith earned her medical degree from University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. She is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and maternal-fetal medicine.

Dr. Lamale-Smith is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and member of numerous professional societies, including the American Medical Association, the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.

Outside of work, Dr. Lamale-Smith enjoys spending time with her family and two dogs. She enjoys camping, the outdoors and stays active through hiking and soccer.

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For more information on care for complicated pregnancies, see Maternal-Fetal Care.

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UC San Diego Health accepts most major health insurance plans, but you should verify that your plan covers this provider and all services and locations. The information in the link below does not apply to affiliate providers, who are not employed by UC San Diego Health.
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Medical Degree

  • University of Iowa, College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA

Fellowship

  • University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO

Residency

  • Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

Gender

  • Female

Languages

  • Spanish

Date Joined Staff

  • 2015-08-01

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Conditions and Treatments

  • Maternal Medical Disorders
  • Prenatal Diagnosis and Imaging
  • Invasive Fetal Procedures for Prenatal Screening and Diagnosis
  • Women With Complex Medical Conditions
  • Multiple Birth
  • Amniocentesis
  • Fetal Blood Sampling and Intrauterine Transfusion
  • Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS)
  • Maternal Cardiac Disease
  • Maternal Autoimmune Disease
  • Obstetric Critical Care
  • High Risk Pregnancy
Insurance Information
UC San Diego Health accepts most major health insurance plans, but you should verify that your plan covers this provider and all services and locations. The information in the link below does not apply to affiliate providers, who are not employed by UC San Diego Health.
Health Insurance Plans Accepted