Christian Pettker, MD, graduated from Princeton University (Princeton, New Jersey) and subsequently gained 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 and completed his obstetrics/gynecology residency at New York–Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia University).
Following this, he joined Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut) as a fellow in Maternal–Fetal Medicine and is now on the faculty as an Associate Professor.
Dr. Pettker’s special areas of interest are labor and delivery and healthcare quality and safety. His work in these areas was featured in an October 2014 New York Times blog, “When doctors and nurses work together”. It discussed the findings of the study “A comprehensive obstetric patient safety program reduces liability claims and payments,” which was published online by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology in June 2014 and which was led by Dr. Pettker. His team found that an obstetric safety initiative can improve liability claims exposure and reduce liability payments.