Norm Fost, MD, MPH, professor of pediatrics and bioethics and director of the Program in Bioethics, has received the 2007 Patricia Price Browne Prize in Biomedical Ethics from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Now in its founding year, the award recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of biomedical ethics. Peer-nominated recipients demonstrate leadership in medical ethics through serving on appropriate committees or commissions, through advocacy of policies, provision, or organizations of services, serving as a role model in the field, and demonstration of innovation, creativity and commitment to addressing ethical issues in healthcare.
Fost is being honored for his extensive experience in ethical and legal issues in healthcare. He has been chair of the UW Health Sciences Human Subjects Committee and the UW Hospital and Clinics Ethics Committee for 29 years. He has published numerous articles in the field and has taught courses on human subjects research ethics at the FDA Staff College. He has served on numerous federal committees and commissions on a variety of ethical and regulatory issues. He currently serves on the Food and Drug Administrations Pediatric Subcommittee and as chair of its Pediatrics Ethics Committee. He was a member of the National Academy of Science Committee on Guidelines for Stem Cell Research, which published a report in 2005.