Laila Rhee, M.S.

Laila Rhee, M.S.


Genetic Counseling


  • Licensed, Certified Genetic Counselor


To see if Laila Rhee is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).

Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

4860 Y St., Suite 0500
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Additional Phone Numbers

Clinic Phone: 916-734-6124
Clinic Fax: 916-703-5279
Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

I respect the autonomy and rights of the patient. I want to provide genetic information and support so that patients make informed decisions about their medical care and make the best possible adjustment for their family.

Clinical Interests

Ms. Rhee is a genetic counselor specializing in prenatal counseling primarily to women and families with high risk pregnancies. She has a special interest in fetal congenital heart disorders, neuromuscular disorders and infertility. 

Research/Academic Interests

Ms. Rhee's research interests include how patients interpret risk assessment information and arrive at decisions.  She is an active participant in the University of California Fetal Consortium, a research group across the 5 UC medical center campuses, which is studying rare fetal conditions, outcomes and treatments in an attempt to inform better medical care for babies born with these conditions.


Maternal Fetal Medicine

Center/Program Affiliation

Women's Center for Health


M.S., Human Genetics, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville NY 1992

B.S., Fairfield University, Fairfield CT 1988

Board Certifications

American Board of Genetic Counseling, 2017

Professional Memberships

National Society of Genetic Counselors

Honors and Awards

UC Davis School of Medicine Team Recognition Award, 1997

Select Recent Publications

Peyvandi S, Nguyen TA, Almeida-Jones M, Boe N, Rhee L, Anton T, Sklansky M, Tarsa M, Satou G, Moon-Grady AJ; University of California Fetal Consortium (UCfC). Timing and Mode of Delivery in Prenatally Diagnosed Congenital Heart Disease- an Analysis of Practices within the University of California Fetal Consortium (UCfC). Pediatr Cardiol. 2017 Mar;38(3):588-595.

Grinshpun-Cohen J; Miron-Shatz; Rhee-Morris L; Briscoe B; Pras; Towner D. A-priori attitudes predict amniocentesis uptake in women of advanced maternal age - a pilot study Journal of Health Communication. 2015 May.

Kneitel AW, Rhee-Morris L, Obadia R, Towner D. Increased False Positive Down Syndrome Screening in Women with Sickle Cell Anemia. Prenat Diagn. 2015 May 12.

Gerscovich EO, Towner D, Sanchez T, Stein-Wexler R, Rhee-Morris L. Fetal gallbladder duplication. J Ultrasound Med. 2011 Sep;30(9):1310-2.

Towner D, Gerscovich EO, Chiong BB, Rhee-Morris L, McGahan JP. Comparison of single versus multiple echogenic foci in the fetal heart regarding risk of aneuploidy. J Ultrasound Med. 2010 Jul;29(7):1061-7.

Boe NM, Towner DT, Rhee-Morris L, Moon-Grady AJ. Prenatal diagnosis of omphalocele and left atrial isomerism (polysplenia) including complex congenital heart disease with ventricular noncompaction cardiomyopathy: a unique case. J Ultrasound Med. 2008 Jul;27(7):1117-21.

McGahan JP, Moon-Grady AJ, Pahwa A, Towner D, Rhee-Morris L, Gerscovich EO, Fogata M. Potential pitfalls and methods of improving in utero diagnosis of transposition of the great arteries, including the baby bird's beak image. J Ultrasound Med. 2007 Nov;26(11):1499-510.

Towner D, McGahan JP, Rhee-Morris L, Gerscovich E. The dynamic fetal brain. J Clin Ultrasound. 2007 Jun;35(5):238-44.

El Kady D, Gerscovich EO, Moon-Grady A, Towner D, McGahan JP, Rhee-Morris L, Naderi S. Congenital cardiac left ventricular aneurysm with pericardial effusion: early prenatal diagnosis and intervention. J Ultrasound Med. 2005 Jul;24(7):1011-5.

Ueki Y, Tiziani V, Santanna C, Fukai N, Maulik C, Garfinkle J, Ninomiya C, doAmaral C, Peters H, Habal M, Rhee-Morris L, Doss JB, Kreiborg S, Olsen BR, Reichenberger E. Mutations in the gene encoding c-Abl-binding protein SH3BP2 cause cherubism. Nat Genet. 2001; 28(2):125-6.