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 provide consultation on ethical issues in clinical care and research, help frame national and international debates on a variety of bioethical issues, and provide education in ethical issues in health care and human subjects research.

2011 Highlights

  • Norman Fost, MD, MPH, was inducted into the Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars, a society of former Johns Hopkins faculty and postgraduate students who have gained marked distinction elsewhere in their field. He was recognized for his pioneering work in the creation of hospital ethics committees; the first national guidelines on human embryonic stem cell research; his influence on policies affecting access to human growth hormone; and his challenge to conventional views about use of performance-enhancing drugs by elite athletes. Dr. Fost was also named as a “Top Doctor” by US News and World Report and Madison Magazine.
  • Barbara Knox, MD, received the American Academy of Pediatrics' Special Achievement Award for her work as an advocate against child maltreatment. She also received the Dane County Sheriff’s Citizen Award for her outstanding service in the community.


Norman C. Fost, MD, MPH


Laura M. Houser, MD

Assistant Professor

Barbara L. Knox, MD

Assistant Professor

Francois M. Luyet, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Recent Publications

Knox BL, Petska HW, DeMuri GP, Feldman KW. Staphylococcal infection mimicking child abuse: what is the differential diagnosis and appropriate evaluation? Pediatr Emerg Care. 2011 Jun;27(6):547-9. PMID: 21642794.

Fost N. Futility. In: Diekema D. Clinical Ethics in Pediatrics: A Case-Based Textbook. New York: Cambridge University Press. 2011;106-111.

Fost N. Ethical Issues in Death and Dying. In: Fuhrman B, Zimmerman JZ. Pediatric Critical Care. 4th ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier; 2011: 110-114.

Knox BL, Fost N. Review/commentary of Keenan and Leventhal, "A Case-Control Study to Evaluate Utah's Shaken Baby Prevention Program.” Child Abuse Quarterly, 2011.

Fost N. Be careful what you wish for. Am J Bioeth Prim Res. 2011;2(2):37-38.

Fost N, Levine RJ. The dysregulation of human subjects research. JAMA 2007; 298: 2196-2198. Reprinted in Emanuel EJ, et al. Ethical and Regulatory Aspects of Clinical Research: Readings and Commentary, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press; 2011.

McCarty CA, Garber A, Reeser JC, Fost NC. Personalized Medicine Research Project Community Advisory Group and Ethics and Security Advisory Board. Study newsletters, community and ethics advisory boards, and focus group discussions provide ongoing feedback for a large biobank. Am J Med Genet A. 2011 Apr;155A(4):737-41. PMID: 21572889.

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