Rena Falk, MD

Medical Co-Director, Clinical Cytogenetics Laboratory

Director, Prenatal Diagnosis Center
Professor Emeritus, Pediatrics

Rena E. Falk, MD is Medical Co-Director of the Clinical Cytogenetics Laboratory and Director of the  Prenatal Diagnosis Center at Cedars-Sinai. 

Dr. Falk supervises the staff of genetic counselors and personally provides counseling to couples with medically significant prenatal risk factors or abnormal results of prenatal diagnostic studies.

Dr. Falk is board certified in pediatrics, clinical genetics and clinical cytogenetics. She previously served at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, where she spent nearly 16 years focused in cytogenetics, prenatal diagnosis and dysmorphology.

Dr. Falk's research interests include the genetic aspects of hearing loss and deafness, delineation of chromosomal abnormalities and the clinical correlates of cytogenetic disorders, prenatal diagnosis and counseling, and delineation of clinical syndromes. She participated in two collaborative, multi-center studies dealing with improving prenatal screening for Down syndrome and other disorders.  Most recently, Dr. Falk has participated in a number of studies related to the medical, social and ethic issues involved in semen banking and artificial reproductive technology.

Dr. Falk earned her bachelor's and medical degrees at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She completed a residency in pediatrics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she received the Leo G. Rigler Award in Pediatrics. She also completed a fellowship in medical genetics at UCLA and spent two years as a National Institutes of Health (NIH) fellow in molecular biology.