Division Highlights - Child Abuse & Bioethics

The Division of Child Abuse and Bioethics works through the University of Wisconsin Child Protection Program to provide clinical services for suspected child maltreatment.

Education and research efforts aim to improve the recognition, diagnosis, and treatment of child abuse victims.

Our faculty also help frame national and international debates on a variety of bioethical issues.

2009 Highlights

  • The division launched a physician performance improvement project on recognizing, diagnosing, and treating child abuse.
  • Division faculty copiloted the Statewide Medical Peer Review for Wisconsin pediatricians.
  • Norman Fost, MD, MPH, won the School of Medicine and Public Health’s Dean’s Teaching Award.
  • Barbara Knox, MD, was honored as Outstanding Alumni by the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.


Norman C. Fost, MD, MPH

Professor, Bioethics

Barbara L. Knox, MD

Assistant Professor, Child Abuse


Recent Publications

Allen DB, Kappy M, Diekema D, Fost N. Growth attenuation therapy: Principles for practice. Pediatrics 2009 Jun; 123(6):1556-1561.

Fost N. Handling pro athletes who use steroids. Washington Times, Sunday, Oct 18, 2009.

Knox BL, Starling SP. Medical Evaluation of Burn Injuries: Part 1. Burn Investigations-A Medical Perspective: Part 2. National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse 2009; 22(2&3):1-8.

Varness T, Allen DB, Carrel AL, Fost N. Childhood Obesity and Medical Neglect. Pediatrics 2009;123;399-406.