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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

Patient Care Location

Mailing Address

  • Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences

    PO Box 208063, 333 Cedar Street

    New Haven, CT 06520-8063

    United States



In addition to his role as professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Services, Dr. Pettker is Chief of Obstetrics at Yale-New Haven Hospital and 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. He was promoted to Professor in 2020.

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 also works across the Yale New Haven Health system on quality improvement and patient safety as the Associate Chief Quality Officer.

Dr. Pettker is the recipient of the 2018 Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO) Excellence in

Teaching Award, 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 (where he serves on the Board of Directors), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.

Education & Training

  • Fellow
    Yale University School of Medicine (2007)
  • Resident
    New York Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia University) (2004)
  • MD
    Columbia University (2000)
  • BA
    Princeton University, Architecture (1995)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Excellence in Health Care Award for Quality Improvement ChampionUnited Hospital Fund2019
APGO Excellence in Teaching AwardYale University Dept of Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Reproductive Sciences2018
David Nagey Foundation Award for Perinatal Outreach, Education, and ResearchACOG District IV and David Nagey Foundation2017
Leadership in Safety and Quality AwardYale Medical Group2015
Nathan Kase Faculty Teaching AwardDept of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences; Yale School of Medicine2013
CREOG National Faculty AwardAmerican College of Obstetrians and Gynecologists (ACOG)2011
Jose Asis Memorial Award for TeachingYale University Dept of Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Reproductive Sciences2005
Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching AwardNew York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University2003
Finalist, Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching AwardNew York-Presbyterian Hospital2002
Gate Pharmaceutical Prize for Excellence in Obstetrics and GynecologyColumbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons2000

Professional Service

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)Committee on Practice Bulletins-Obstetrics2016 - Present
MCIC Vermont, Inc.Obstetric Advisory Committee (OBAC)2016 - 2018
Contemporary Ob/GynEditorial Board, Contemporary Ob/Gyn2015 - Present
Yale New Haven Health SystemCo-Chair, YNHHS Obstetric Leadership Committee2015 - Present
Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM)Quality and Safety Committee2013 - 2020
MCIC Vermont, IncLoss Prevention and Patient Safety Committee (MCIC Vermont, Inc.)2013 - Present
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)Committee on Obstetrics Practice2012 - 2014
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)PROLOG: Obstetrics, 7th Edition Task Force (ACOG)2010 - 2012
Yale-New Haven HospitalPerioperative Patient Safety and Quality Committee2010 - Present
Yale-New Haven HospitalOB Patient Safety Committee2009 - Present
MCIC Vermont, Inc.OB Patient Safety Leadership Committee (MCIC Vermont, Inc.)2007 - Present

Departments & Organizations