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.

2012 Highlights

  • Barbara Knox, MD, was an expert speaker at a national course, sponsored by the US Departments of Justice and Interior, that trained tribal and federal law enforcement on sexual assault investigation and prosecution on tribal lands.
  • Barbara Knox, MD, received the 2012 Rainbow Project Extra Mile Award for outstanding support of child maltreatment victims.
  • Paul Neary, MD, joined the American Family Children’s Hospital Child Protection Program.


Norman C. Fost, MD, MPH


Barbara L. Knox, MD

Associate Professor (CHS)

Paul J. Neary, MD

Clinical Associate Professor


Recent Publications

Albert DM, Blanchard JW, Knox BL. Ensuring appropriate expert testimony for cases involving the “shaken baby.” JAMA. 2012 Jul 4;308(1):39-40. PMID: 22760288.

Allen DB, Fost N. Obesity and neglect: it's about the child. J Pediatr. 2012 Jun;160(6):898-9. PMID: 22504101.

Knoche JW, LeBlanc KK, King TW, Knox BL. An infant with a unilateral mandibular fracture: when to consider nonaccidental trauma. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2012 Apr;51(4):404-7. PMID: 22456490.

Petska HW, Sheets LK, Knox BL. Facial bruising as a precursor to abusive head trauma. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2013 Jan;52(1):86-8. Epub 2012 Apr 17. PMID: 22511190.

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