Christian M. Pettker, MD

After growing up in Los Angeles, Dr. Pettker moved east graduating magna cum laude from Princeton University (1995) and subsequently gaining experience in teaching at Eton College in England under an Annenberg Fellowship. He received his medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (2000) and completed his Ob/Gyn residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia University, 2004). Following this, he joined Yale as a fellow in Maternal-Fetal Medicine (2007) and is now on the faculty as an Assistant Professor and is Medical Director of Labor and Birth at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Dr. Pettker’s clinical interests include the management of labor and delivery as well as ultrasound, genetics and prenatal diagnosis.

Dr. Pettker’s research interests relate to clinical and outcomes-based research, particularly in labor and delivery. He has worked on developing and studying the comprehensive patient safety program at Yale, which has demonstrated significant improvements in obstetrical adverse outcome rates. His work continues to focus on patient safety efforts as well as risk/adverse outcome perception in obstetrics.

Dr. Pettker lives in New Haven with his wife, Hope Metcalf, Branford class of 1996 and a teacher at the Yale Law School.

Selected Publications:

Pettker CM, Thung ST, Raab CA, Donohue KP, Copel JA, Lockwood CJ, Funai EF. A comprehensive patient safety program improves safety climate and culture. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2011; 204: 216.e1-6.

Pettker CM, Funai EF. Getting it right when things go wrong. JAMA. 2010; 303(10): 977-978.

Pettker CM, Norwitz ER, Buhimschi CS, Raab CA, Thung SF, Copel JA, Kuczynski E, Lockwood CJ, Funai EF. Impact of a comprehensive patient safety strategy on obstetric adverse events. Am J Obstet Gynecol. In press.

Pettker, CM, Pocock SB, Smok DP, Lee SM, Devine PC. Transervical Foley Catheter With and Without Oxytocin for Cervical Ripening: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Obstet Gynecol 2008; 111:1320-6.

Pettker, CM, Buhimschi IA, Magloire LK, Sfakianaki AK, Hamar BD, Buhimschi CS. Value of placental microbial evaluation in diagnosing intra-amniotic infection. Obstet Gynecol 2007; 109 (2): 739-49.