Christian M Pettker, MD

Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences; Chief of Obstetrics, Yale School of Medicine and Yale-New Haven Hospital; Medical Director, Labor & Birth Unit and Maternal Special Care Unit, Yale-New Haven Hospital

Departments & Organizations

Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences: Maternal-Fetal Medicine: Clinicians; High-Risk Pregnancy Program; Maternal Special Care Unit; Prenatal Diagnostic Service

Office of Student Research

Yale Medical Group

Biography

In addition to his role as associate professor and chief of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Services, Dr. Pettker oversees Yale’s comprehensive obstetric patient safety program. The program aims to improve patient care by standardizing treatment methods and encouraging communication and collaboration between physicians and departments.

“A safety and teamwork culture is not something you can just implement, then walk away from and expect to continue,” Dr. Pettker says. “The really hard thing is the daily work you need to do to keep it going.”

After graduating magna cum laude from Princeton University in 1995, Dr. Pettker taught at Eton College in England on an Annenberg Fellowship. He received his MD from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed his Ob/Gyn residency at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Pettker then completed a three-year fellowship at Yale in Maternal-Fetal Medicine and joined the faculty.

Dr. Pettker primarily treats high-risk pregnancies. He notes that maternal-fetal medicine is the only branch of medicine where doctors much consider the needs of two patients at one time. “Something I do for a fetus may put the mother at risk, or something I do for the mother may put the fetus at risk,” he explains. “It’s intellectually challenging to balance the two, and it’s emotionally satisfying to help the family through a difficult time.”

Dr. Pettker is the recipient of the 2013 Nathan Kase Faculty Teaching Award with the department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Yale School of Medicine, and the 2011 National Faculty Award sponsored by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is a member of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine and the ACOG.

Education & Training

MD Columbia University (2000)
BA Princeton University, Architecture (1995)
Fellow Yale University School of Medicine
Resident New York Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia University)
Board Certification AB of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Obstetrics & Gynecology (2008)
Board Certification AB of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Maternal-Fetal Medicine (2010)

Honors & Recognition

  • Leadership in Safety and Quality AwardYale Medical Group (2015)

  • Nathan Kase Faculty Teaching AwardDept of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences; Yale School of Medicine (2013)

  • CREOG National Faculty AwardAmerican College of Obstetrians and Gynecologists (ACOG) (2011)

  • Jose Asis Memorial Award for TeachingYale University Dept of Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Reproductive Sciences (2005)

  • Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching AwardNew York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University (2003)

  • Finalist, Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching AwardNew York-Presbyterian Hospital (2002)

  • Gate Pharmaceutical Prize for Excellence in Obstetrics and GynecologyColumbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (2000)

Professional Service

  • Committee on Practice Bulletins-Obstetrics American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) (2016)

  • Co-Chair, Obstetric Advisory Committee (OBAC) MCIC Vermont, Inc. (2016)

  • Quality Work Group, Yale Medical Group Yale Medical Group (2016)

  • Member, Clinical Advisory Board (YNHH/YMG) Yale-New Haven Hospital and Yale Medical Group (2015)

  • Co-Chair, YNHHS Obstetric Leadership Committee Yale New Haven Health System (2015)

  • Editorial Board, Contemporary Ob/Gyn Contemporary Ob/Gyn (2015)

  • Quality and Safety Committee Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) (2013)

  • Loss Prevention and Patient Safety Committee (MCIC Vermont, Inc.) MCIC Vermont, Inc (2013)

  • Committee on Obstetrics Practice American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) (2012 - 2014)

  • Medical Directors Leadership Council Yale-New Haven Hospital (2012 - 2015)

  • Epic Clinical Leadership Committee Yale Medical Group (2011)

  • PROLOG: Obstetrics, 7th Edition Task Force (ACOG) American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) (2010 - 2012)

  • Perioperative Patient Safety and Quality Committee Yale-New Haven Hospital (2010)

  • Epic Provider Advisory Group Yale-New Haven Health System (2010)

  • Co-Chair, OB Patient Safety Committee Yale-New Haven Hospital (2009)

  • OB Patient Safety Leadership Committee (MCIC Vermont, Inc.) MCIC Vermont, Inc. (2007)

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Christian M Pettker, MD
Patient Care Locations
Yale Maternal-Fetal Medicine at St. Raphael's CampusYale-New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus
1450 Chapel Street

New Haven, CT 06511
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Yale Maternal-Fetal Medicine Center1 Long Wharf Drive, Ste 2nd Floor
New Haven, CT 06511
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Yale Maternal - Fetal Medicine Center at Westport 125A Kings Highway North
Westport, CT 06880
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Yale Maternal - Fetal Medicine Center at Belden Avenue, Norwalk747 Belden Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06850
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Yale Maternal - Fetal Medicine at Waterbury HospitalWaterbury Hospital
64 Robbins Street

Waterbury, CT 06708
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Yale Maternal-Fetal Medicine CenterLawrence & Memorial Hospital
365 Montauk Avenue

New London, CT 06320
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Mailing Address
PO Box 208063
New Haven, CT 06520-8063

Curriculum Vitae

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Reduced OB Adverse Outcomes Index at YNHH

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Improved safety climate and culture with a comprehensive OB patient safety program

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Reduced liability claims related to a comprehensive OB patient safety program