Dr. Leah Lamale-Smith, MD

Dr. Leah Lamale-Smith, MD

Maternal-Fetal MedicineFemaleAge 41

Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Dr. Leah Lamale-Smith, MD is a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist in La Jolla, CA and has over 15 years of experience in the medical field. She graduated from University of Iowa College of Medicine medical school in 2007. She is affiliated with medical facilities Palomar Medical Center Downtown Escondido and Palomar Medical Center Poway. Her office accepts new patients.

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UC San Diego Medical Center

UC San Diego Medical Center9444 Medical Center Dr Fl 2 La Jolla, CA 92037
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Dr. Lamale-Smith saved our baby. I was at risk for miscarriage and pre-term labor. And with her thoughtful care and expertise we made it all the way to 35 weeks! Such a win. She was incredibly knowledgeable, caring and professional. We are beyond thankful, our baby wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for her guidance and care.
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I did not feel like she took any of my concerns seriously. Every time I asked about delivery options she would tell me it was too soon to think about that. Refused to give me a referral to a different perinatologist because she wouldn't refer me to a 'competitor' when it was something she could handle. Acts differently when you go by yourself vs when someone comes with you. There is also no way to actually call and speak with her like most doctors.
What went well
  • Office environment
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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KC in La Jolla, CA – Aug 24, 2016
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She was awesome. Totally down to earth and made me feel comfortable from the start. Most importantly, she took all my medical concerns seriously and provided the care I needed to resolve them.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Patient in San Diego, CA – May 30, 2016
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We faced some difficult decisions, and we appreciated Dr Lamale-Smith's candid and open, yet very caring, discussions with us. She clearly and openly described the risks and all of our options.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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EZL in Ca – May 08, 2016
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She did not have great bedside manner and made us feel very scared of the finding. Our next doctor was realistic but put us at ease. As a new mom, you want to fee like you're in good hands with someone who cares about you, and unfortunately I did not have that experience with this doctor.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
5 people found this helpful
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Feb 19, 2016
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No malpractice claims found for California
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Lamale-Smith's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Breech Position
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Lamale-Smith treats Breech Position more than 98% of her peers

Dr. Lamale-Smith treats this condition more than 98% of her peers

High Risk Pregnancy
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Lamale-Smith treats High Risk Pregnancy more than 96% of her peers

Dr. Lamale-Smith treats this condition more than 96% of her peers

Pregnancy Ultrasound
high
high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Lamale-Smith performs Pregnancy Ultrasound more than 95% of her peers

Dr. Lamale-Smith performs this procedure more than 95% of her peers

Dr. Lamale-Smith's conditions and procedures:

  • Amniocentesis
  • Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS)
  • Blood Disorders in Pregnancy
  • Breech Position
  • C-Section
  • Coagulation Defects in Pregnancy and Postpartum
  • Coagulation Disorders (incl. Hemophilia)
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Encounters for Normal Pregnancies
  • Fetal Cardiac Monitoring
  • Fetal Cardiac Screening
  • First Trimester Screening
  • Gestational Diabetes
  • High Risk Pregnancy
  • HPV (Human Papillomavirus)
  • Hypercoagulable State
  • Hypertension Complicating Pregnancy, Childbirth and Postpartum
  • Intrauterine Growth Restriction
  • Lupus
  • Miscarriages
  • Multiple Gestation
  • Newborn Metabolic Screening
  • Nuchal Translucency Screening
  • Phenylketonuria Screening
  • Placenta Previa
  • Preeclampsia
  • Pregnancy Ultrasound
  • Primary Hypercoagulable State (incl. Factor V Leiden Disease)
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Sickle Cell Screening
  • Thalassemia
  • Vaginal Delivery and VBAC
  • Venous Thrombosis and Phlebitis in Pregnancy

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Dr. Lamale-Smith accepts the following insurance:

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Anthem
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Balanced (Prudent Buyer)-CA PPO
Blue Cross (CACare) - Individual-CA HMO
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Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer / Small Grp)-CA PPO
Gold EPO (Prudent Buyer EPO/ Small Grp)-CA
Gold Select (Select / Small Grp)-CA HMO
Lumenos Plans-CA PPO
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Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
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Choice Care PPO
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About Me

Biography

Leah Lamale-Smith, MD, is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist who specializes in high-risk pregnancies. As a provider of maternal-fetal medicine,...Read more

Specialties

  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Education

2015
University of Colorado Hospital Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion
Fellowship Hospital
2012
Medical University of South Carolina Medical Ctr
Residency Hospital
2007
University of Iowa College of Medicine
Medical School

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

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What are Dr. Leah Lamale-Smith, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Lamale-Smith frequently treats Breech Position, High Risk Pregnancy, and Pregnancy Ultrasound. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Lamale-Smith treats.

Where is Dr. Leah Lamale-Smith, MD's office located?

Dr. Lamale-Smith's office is located at 9444 Medical Center Dr Fl 2, La Jolla, CA 92037. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages does Dr. Leah Lamale-Smith, MD speak?

Dr. Lamale-Smith speaks Spanish and English. View profile to see all.

Does Dr. Leah Lamale-Smith, MD offer telehealth services?

Dr. Lamale-Smith has not yet indicated whether they offer telehealth services. Please contact the office to check for availability/eligibility.

Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Lamale-Smith is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

Learn more about how Healthgrades measuresHospital Quality.

Palomar Medical Center Downtown Escondido

Escondido, CA

17 Awards Received

Award Highlight: America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2021)

Palomar Medical Center Poway

Poway, CA

69% Patients that would definitely recommend, 1% lower than the national average

1 Award Received