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Jessica Illuzzi

Deputy Dean for Education and Harold W. Jockers Professor of Medical Education and Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

Contact Information

Jessica Illuzzi, MD, MS, FACOG

Mailing Address

  • Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences

    PO Box 208063

    New Haven, CT 06520-8063

    United States



Dr. Illuzzi is Chief of the Obstetric Specialties and Midwifery division as well as the Medical Director of the Vidone Birthing Center at the St. Raphael Campus of Yale-New Haven Hospital, the home of a collaborative faculty practice of obstetricians and certified nurse midwives who provide individualized care,supporting physiologic birth, vaginal birth after cesarean and family-centered cesarean. Dr. Illuzzi is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and completed her OB/GYN residency here at Yale-New Haven Hospital. In 2004, she was named a Women’s Reproductive Health Research Scholar supported by a career development grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Development. In 2006, she completed a Master of Science degree in Epidemiology at the Yale School of Graduate Studies. Dr. Illuzzi’s research examines the use of obstetric interventions and their impact on maternal and neonatal outcomes, especially among low risk women. Topics include prophylaxis to prevent vertical transmission of group B streptococcus, innovative models of maternity care, and safe prevention of primary cesarean delivery. In addition to her research, Dr. Illuzzi also serves as Director of Medical Studies in Obstetrics and Gynecology; she regularly lectures, leads seminars, and is actively involved in curriculum design with strong emphasis on evidence-based teaching in reproductive health.

Education & Training

  • MS
    Yale University (2006)
  • Resident
    Yale-New Haven Hospital (2002)
  • MD
    Harvard Medical School (1998)
  • AB
    Harvard University, Biochemical Sciences (1994)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Hellman AwardAmerican College of Nurse Midwives2017
Leah Lowenstein AwardYale School of Medicine2010
Roy M. Pitkin AwardAmerican College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists2010
Bohmfalk AwardYale School of Medicine2007
Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics Teaching AwardAssociation of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics2006
Peter A. Grannum Memorial AwardYale School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences2004

Professional Service

American Academy of PediatricsACOG Liaison to the Neonatal Rescucitation Program Committee2014 - Present
American Association of Birth CentersBoard of Directors, Chair, Standards Committee2009 - 2019
Yale School of MedicineEducation Policy and Curriculum Committee2007 - Present

Departments & Organizations