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.

2013 Highlights

  • Norman Fost, MD, MPH, introduced the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health's Fifth Annual Bioethics Symposium and presented a featured talk, titled "Is Child Obesity Neglect?"
  • Barbara Knox, MD, was the keynote speaker for the U.S. Department of Justice/FBI/BIA/U.S. Department of the Interior national trainings in 2013. She was also the keynote speaker for the Delaware Children's Conference.


Norman C. Fost, MD, MPH


Barbara L. Knox, MD

Associate Professor (CHS)

Paul J. Neary, MD

Clinical Associate Professor


Recent Publications

Luyet, F, Feldman, KW, Wright, FD, Knox, BL. Patterned bruises on two infants. Contemp Pediatr. 2013;Feb 30(2):21-22.

Shoenbill K, Fost N, Tachinardi U, Mendonca EA. Genetic data and electronic health records: a discussion of ethical, logistical and technological considerations. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2014 Jan-Feb;21(1):171-80. Epub 2013 Jun 14. PMID: 23771953.

Wilfond BS, Magnus D, Antommaria AH, Appelbaum P, Aschner J, Barrington KJ, Beauchamp T, Boss RD, Burke W, Caplan AL, Capron AM, Cho M, Clayton EW, Cole FS, Darlow BA, Diekema D, Faden RR, Feudtner C, Fins JJ, Fost NC, Frader J, Hester DM, Janvier A, Joffe S, Kahn J, Kass NE, Kodish E, Lantos JD, McCullough L, McKinney R Jr, Meadow W, O'Rourke PP, Powderly KE, Pursley DM, Ross LF, Sayeed S, Sharp RR, Sugarman J, Tarnow-Mordi WO, Taylor H, Tomlinson T, Truog RD, Unguru YT, Weise KL, Woodrum D, Youngner S. The OHRP and SUPPORT. N Engl J Med. 2013 Jun 20;368(25):e36. Epub 2013 Jun 5. PMID: 23738513.

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