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Christian Pettker, MD

Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences; Chief Patient Safety Officer and Associate Chief Quality Officer, Yale Medicine and Yale New Haven Health; Chief of Obstetrics; Vice Chair of Quality, Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences

Contact Information

Christian Pettker, MD

Mailing Address

  • Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences

    PO Box 208063, 333 Cedar Street

    New Haven, CT 06520-8063

    United States

Research Summary

Dr. Pettker’s research interests relate to clinical and outcomes–based research, particularly in labor and delivery. His work continues to focus on patient safety and quality improvement in obstetrics and hospital care.

He is the site Principal Investigator for the NIH/NICHD sponsored Maternal-Fetal Medicine Unit (MFMU) Network.

Extensive Research Description

Maternal-Fetal Medicine Unit Network (MFMU)

COVID-19 in obstetrics; COVID-19 testing

Shoulder dystocia documentation and outcomes

Impact of patient safety on medical liability claims and payment

Maternal early warning systems

Ultrasound at periviability

Surgical site infection reduction


Research Interests

Cesarean Section; Fetal Membranes, Premature Rupture; Labor, Obstetric; Labor, Induced; Obstetrics; Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care; Quality Assurance, Health Care; Quality of Health Care; Safety; Epidemiologic Research Design; Randomized Controlled Trial; Evidence-Based Medicine; Delivery, Obstetric; Premature Birth

Public Health Interests

Health Care Quality, Efficiency; Health Care Management

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Selected Publications

Clinical Trials

ConditionsStudy Title
Pain Control; Pregnancy, Childbirth and the PuerperiumPrescription After Cesarean Trial (PACT)
Pregnancy, Childbirth and the PuerperiumA Trial of Pessary and Progesterone for Preterm Prevention in Twin Gestation With a Short Cervix (PROSPECT)
Pregnancy, Childbirth and the PuerperiumA Randomized Trial of Pessary in Singleton Pregnancies With a Short Cervix (TOPS)
Hypertension; Pregnancy, Childbirth and the PuerperiumChronic Hypertension and Pregnancy (CHAP) Project (CHAP)
COVID-19 Inpatient; COVID-19 OutpatientUnderstanding the Long-term Impact of COVID-19 in Adults (RECOVER)