Division Highlights - Child Abuse & Bioethics

The Division of Child Abuse and Bioethics works through the University of Wisconsin American Family Children’s Hospital Child Protection Program to provide clinical services for suspected cases of child maltreatment and neglect.

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

Our faculty also provides consultation on ethical issues in clinical care and research, and helps frame national and international debates on a variety of bioethical issues.

2010 Highlights

  • Norman Fost, MD, was interviewed as a distinguished faculty member for the UW-Madison Oral History Project.
  • Barbara Knox, MD, was elected chair of the State of Wisconsin Children’s Trust Fund. She also coauthored a chapter, “Abusive Burns,” that was published in Child Abuse and Neglect: Diagnosis, Treatment and Evidence.
  • Francois Luyet, MD, and Laura Houser, MD, joined the American Family Children’s Hospital Child Protection Program.
  • Division faculty coordinated a statewide child abuse medical peer review for Wisconsin physicians.


Norman C. Fost, MD, MPH


Laura M. Houser, MD


Barbara L. Knox, MD

Assistant Professor

Francois M. Luyet, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Recent Publications

Wilfond BS, Miller PS, Korfiatis C, Diekema DS, Dudzinski DM, Goering S, Allen DB, Fost N, et al; Seattle Growth Attenuation and Ethics Working Group. Navigating growth attenuation in children with profound disabilities. Children's interests, family decision-making, and community concerns. Hastings Cent Rep. 2010 Nov-Dec;40(6):27-40.

Grant Support

Principal Investigator Funding Agency Title
Fost, Norman Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation Genome-Wide Study of Cataract and Low HDL in the Personalized Medicine

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