Faculty Teaching Awards

Dr. Pettker 2018

Christian Pettker, MD, Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences

APGO Excellence in Teaching Award, 2018

This award honors an outstanding academic faculty member for outstanding teaching in women’s health.  The 2018 recipient was Dr. Christian Pettker.  

A native Californian, he came east for college at Princeton University, followed by medical school and residency at Columbia University in New York. He moved to Yale for his Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship and has been on faculty there since. For over a decade he has overseen Yale’s comprehensive obstetric patient safety program, which aims to improve patient care by standardizing treatment methods, creating a high reliability culture, and encouraging communication and collaboration between clinicians and departments. In addition to his role as Associate Professor and Chief of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Services, he is a practicing clinician with a focus on labor and birth and high risk pregnancies.  A gap year before medical school to teach high school students at Eton College in England convinced Dr. Pettker that teaching would be a part of his lifetime work in medicine.  His teaching activities reach undergraduates, medical students, residents, and fellows and Dr. Pettker also teaches courses on obstetrics and quality/safety across the country.  

Lee Buxton Award, 2018

This award honors a community physician for his or her dedication to teaching students. The 2018 recipient of this award was Dr. Vincent Lynch. Dr. Lynch graduated from Penn and received his MD from New York Medical College. He completed a medical internship at Chicago Wesley Memorial hospital, a division of Northwestern University School of Medicine, and did his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. After residency Dr. Lynch spent two years in the U. S. Navy stationed at Balboa Naval Center, San Diego, California. He was Director of the Obstetrical Service and started their first High Risk Obstetrics Service. He then returned to New Haven and entered practice with the Greater New Haven Ob/Gyn Group.

Currently Dr. Lynch is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. He has received several teaching awards because of his involvement with residents, medical students and nurses. U. S. News and World Report named Dr. Lynch among the top 10% of gynecologists in the country in their Best Doctor’s Edition.


Past Faculty Awardees

APGO Excellence in Teaching Award, 2017

This award honors one outstanding academic faculty member for his or her dedication to teaching students about women’s health. The 2017 recipient was Dr. France Galerneau. Dr Galerneau was born and raised in Canada where she completed her medical education including a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. After practicing perinatology for 12 years at University of British Columbia in Canada, she joined the MFM team at Yale University.

Dr. Galerneau’s scholarly interests include: undergraduate medical education in the field of reproduction, graduate education in maternal-fetal-medicine, particularly OB/GYN ultrasound, obstetrical and pelvic ultrasound, prenatal diagnosis, fetal assessment and maternal complications of pregnancy.  She organizes all medical education aspects for her section, Maternal Fetal Medicine consistently offering thoughtful learning opportunities for students, residents, fellows and visiting scholars.  She directs the OB/GYN preclinical education for the YSM medical students as well as the physician associate students.  For the last four years, she worked with YSM's Strategic Curriculum Rebuild Committee to create a new curriculum, herself directing our new "Across the Lifespan" Module. The first run-through of the new curriculum met with unprecedented approval from students. She is a favorite lecturer among students and residents. She has published and presented internationally with Dr. Janet Hafler on clinical reasoning. Dr. Galerneau is  highly deserving of recognition for her dedication to teaching.

Lee Buxton Award, 2017

This award honors a community physician for his or her dedication to teaching students. The 2017 recipient of this award was Maria C. Asis, MD, FACOG. Dr. Asis graduated from Tufts University and Tufts University Medical School. She went on to do her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. Upon completion, she joined her father, Dr. Jose Asis who was at that time a solo practitioner. As the practice evolved into the seven-member group practice, Generations, Dr. Asis maintained an interest in reproductive endocrinology and menopause. When her practice moved to the 20 York Street campus, her dedication to students became apparent as she led clinical workshops, and mentored students both in the hospital and the office. 

Dr. Asis is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is a member of the North American Menopause Society and she recently became a certified menopause specialist. She is a reviewer for Maturitas, an international journal of midlife health, and is now involved in a clinical research project in osteoporosis screening.  

APGO Excellence in Teaching Award, 2016

This award honors one outstanding academic faculty member for his or her dedication to teaching students about women’s health. The 2016 recipient was Nancy Stanwood, MD, MPH. Nancy L. Stanwood, MD, MPH joined Yale in 2011 as an Associate Professor and Section Chief of Family Planning. Born and raised in Connecticut, she graduated magna cum laude from Brown University and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at University of Michigan and the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program fellowship at the University of North Carolina, where she also earned her MPH.

Before coming to Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Stanwood was at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry. During her ten years there, she successfully built and directed the Family Planning service including securing the Kenneth J. Ryan Residency Training Program grant. She is an enthusiastic teacher and among her awards is the prestigious National Faculty Award from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Stanwood’s research interests include the underuse of intrauterine devices and prevention of teen pregnancies. She is a dedicated advocate for her patients and serves on the Board of Physicians for Reproductive Health, a national organization dedicated to sound science in reproductive health policy.

Lee Buxton Award, 2016

This award honors one outstanding academic community member for his or her dedication to teaching students. The 2016 recipient of this award was Sean M. Flaherty, MD, Ph.D., F.A.C.O.G. Dr. Flaherty graduated from Tufts University and pursued his graduate education at the University of Vermont, where a Ph.D was conferred upon him in 1997 from the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. He simultaneously acquired his M.D in 1999 from the University of Vermont’s School of Medicine.

Dr. Flaherty has been affiliated with Yale School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, in New Haven, Connecticut since 2002 where he did his residency, and then as a community physician since completing his residency at Yale in 2006. 

Dr. Flaherty received a number of awards and honors, such as: Yale University School of Medicine excellence in teaching award in 2007; Yale University School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology Top Ten Resident Educators and Top Ten Medical School Educators, both in 2006. He received the AAGL Laparoscopic Award in 2003, as well as, the SLS Outstanding Laparoendoscopic Resident Surgeon Award in 2003, among many others.

Dr. Flaherty has Professional Memberships in the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopy, American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine, Connecticut State Medical Society, New Haven Obstetrics and Gynecology Society as Secretary and Treasurer, and now President. He also holds current positions at Yale New Haven Hospital Department of Women and Children, and is on the Clinical Quality Assurance Review Board, along with many other hospital committees. Dr. Flaherty is also diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

He has publications in the National Academy of Sciences and has spoken at the Minimally Invasive Robotic Association Conference, among many others.