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, including physical abuse, child torture, sexual abuse, child neglect and medical child abuse.

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.

2016 Highlights

  • Norman Fost, MD, received the 2016 MacLean Center Prize in Clinical Ethics and Health Outcomes, the largest prize in bioethics and clinical ethics.
  • Barbara Knox, MD, was selected to participate on the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys’ (APA) National Child Abuse Prosecution Project Advisory Board, a training initiative operated in conjunction with the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

    In addition, she co-directed the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children’s Pre-Conference Institute on Advanced Issues in Child Sexual Abuse. This advanced training institute discusses important current and emerging issues in child sexual abuse for medical providers across the country and internationally.

    Finally, she was instrumental in UW Health’s ‘Hitting Hurts' campaign, which aims to educate the public about the risks of using corporal punishment on children. As part of the campaign, UW Health will create "No Hit Zones" in all of its facilities, starting with American Family Children's Hospital.



  • Barbara L. Knox, MD

    Associate Professor (CHS)

  • Norman C. Fost, MD, MPH

    Norman C. Fost, MD, MPH

    Professor Emeritus

  • Amanda L. Palm, PA-C, LCSW

    Amanda L. Palm, PA-C, LCSW

    Physician Assistant

  • Jessica A. Wipperfurth, SW

    Jessica A. Wipperfurth, SW

    Clinical Social Worker

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