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Pettker and Siner Take on Two New Physician-leadership Roles in the Office of the Chief Quality Officer

October 11, 2021

Christian Pettker, MD, and Jonathan Siner, MD, will serve as chief patient safety officer and associate chief safety officer for Yale New Haven Health.

Pettker and Siner will be the medical leadership responsible for overseeing, across the health system and with the collaboration of Yale School of Medicine (YSM), patient safety programs aiming to take high reliability, error prevention, and harm reduction to the next level. Siner will report to Pettker in this new role, and Pettker will continue to report to Steven J. Choi, MD, in this role, along with his role as Associate Chief Quality Officer.

Pettker, professor of medicine (obstetrics, gynecology, & reproductive sciences) at YSM, is well-known to the health system as a leader in quality and safety. He has served as chief of obstetrics for Yale New Haven Hospital since 2014. Pettker was promoted to associate chief quality officer in January 2019 and has been a leader for various quality and safety initiatives such as the YNHH Significant Event Review Committee (SERC), the mortality improvement project, chaperone policy implementation, the surgical site infection reduction performance improvement team and most recently the COVID-19 Call Center as well as the COVID-19 testing and vaccine enterprises.

Jonathan Siner, MD, associate professor of medicine (pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine) in the Department of Internal Medicine, is also an accomplished quality and safety leader. Siner has served as the clinical section chief for Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine since 2018. Recently, Siner completed his term as director of the Medical ICU at Yale New Haven Hospital, serving in this role from 2010- 2021. Through his roles as chair of the system ICU committee and medical director of YNHHS tele-ICU programs, Siner has successfully developed crucial data analytics and decision-support tools to facilitate quality and safety improvements in the intensive care units across the health system. His leadership across these multiple programs was, and continues to be, a critical success factor in the health system’s overall COVID-19 response.

“It would be impossible for me to do justice in this communication to the long list of accomplishments and contributions that Drs. Pettker and Siner have provided our colleagues, patients, and families across our health system and medical school. Please join me in congratulating them on their new leadership roles and acknowledging their service towards our quality and safety mission,” said Chief Quality Officer and Associate Dean for Clinical Steven J. Choi, MD, FAAP.

Submitted by Amy Anderson on October 18, 2021