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Katherine H. Campbell, MD MPH

Katherine Campbell is a graduate of Colby College, Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Her interest in and love for public health and maternal fetal medicine was discovered while working for a health care NGO in rural El Salvador. She currently is faculty at Yale Maternal Fetal Medicine and serves as Medical Director of Yale New Haven Hospital Labor & Birth and Maternal Special Care Units. In her free time, Katherine enjoys doing pretty much anything outdoors with her family.

Dena Goffman, MD, FACOG

Dr. Goffman is currently the Chief of Obstetrics and Associate Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Sloane Hospital for Women at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Irving Medical Center and the Associate Chief Quality Officer for Obstetrics for the New York-Presbyterian Hospital system.

She has a strong interest in improving patient safety and quality in obstetrics and decreasing severe maternal morbidity and mortality. Much of her work has focused on simulation, team training, clinical standardization through implementation of evidence based guidelines and many aspects of obstetric hemorrhage. In recent months much of her time has been spent on coordinating a standardized obstetric response to COVID-19.

Christian Pettker, MD

Dr. Pettker is a practicing MFM specialist who holds leadership positions as the Chief of Obstetrics and the Associate Chief Quality Officer at Yale. His administrative and research interests are in obstetric and healthcare safety and quality. As the COVID-19 pandemic hit the Northeast, Dr. Pettker helped implement a health system COVID-19 Call Center servicing Southern Connecticut and beyond that coordinated telehealth, testing management, occupational health, and public information that has handled over 130,000 calls to date. Additionally, with Dr. Campbell, he oversaw the coordination and implementation of policies and procedures for COVID-19 in the obstetric population across four health system hospitals.

Blair Wylie MD, MPH

Blair Wylie, MD MPH is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School and Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Beth Israel Lahey Health (BILH) system in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Wylie has been coordinating the obstetric response to the COVID-19 among the 7 hospitals within the BILH system responsible for providing care to approximately 20% of pregnant patients delivering in Massachusetts. Her background in epidemiology, which is typically applied toaddress infectious and environmental threats in international settings, has proved useful in 2020 to address the current pandemic.

Moderated By:

Mary Reich Cooper, MD, JD

Dr. Mary Cooper joined the faculty of the Jefferson College of Population Health (JCPH) at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA, where she is Associate Professor. Dr. Cooper also serves as Program Director of the Healthcare Quality & Safety and Operational Excellence degree programs. She is also the co-Lead for Health System Sciences in the redesign of the curriculum for Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University.

In addition to her work at Thomas Jefferson University, Dr. Cooper is also Chief Quality Officer for the Connecticut Hospital Association.


COVID-19 has added another layer of risk to pregnancy and childbirth. Women in the US already had the greatest risk of dying from pregnancy complications among 11 high-income countries (Commonwealth Fund, 2018). Black, American Indian, and Alaska Native (AI/AN) women are two to three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women (CDC, 2019). Join clinicians from the Northeast as they talk about the strategies they utilized to lower the risk for all pregnant women under their care.