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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Norman Fost, MD, MPH, earned his medical degree from Yale University and completed his residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He founded the Bioethics Program and the Child Protection Team at the University of Wisconsin in 1973. He has been Chair of the Hospital Ethics Committee since 1984, and chaired the Health Sciences Institutional Review Board for 31 years.


Dr. Fost is the recipient of lifetime achievement awards from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Office of Human Subjects Protection, and was the first recipient of the Patricia Price Browne Prize in Bioethics. He serves on the FDA Pediatric Advisory Committee and is a member of the NIH Recombinant Advisory Committee. He is available for consultation on ethical issues in health care and human subjects research and child protection issues.


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Hospital Affiliation(s)

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (primary)
Meriter Hospital (secondary)

Languages Spoken

Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Pediatrics

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Pediatrics
Fellowship Harvard University
Residency Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
Internship Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
Medical School Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

PubMed Articles
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
[PubMed ID: 23771953]
Allen DB Fost N . Obesity and neglect: it's about the child. J Pediatr. 2012 Jun;160(6):898-9
[PubMed ID: 22504101]
Allen DB Kappy M Diekema D Fost N . Growth-attenuation therapy: principles for practice. Pediatrics. 2009 Jun;123(6):1556-61
[PubMed ID: 19482768]
Varness T Allen DB Carrel AL Fost N . Childhood obesity and medical neglect. Pediatrics. 2009 Jan;123(1):399-406
[PubMed ID: 19117907]
Fost N . The great stem cell debate: where are we now? Cloning, chimeras, and cash. WMJ. 2006 Jun;105(4):16-7
[PubMed ID: 16878653]
DeMets DL Fost N Powers M . An Institutional Review Board dilemma: responsible for safety monitoring but not in control. Clin Trials. 2006;3(2):142-8
[PubMed ID: 16773956]
Fost N . Steroid hysteria: unpacking the claims. Virtual Mentor. 2005 Nov 1;7(11)
[PubMed ID: 23256963]
Varness TS Fost N . Drug testing in adolescents. Virtual Mentor. 2005 Mar 1;7(3)
[PubMed ID: 23249486]
Fost N . America's Gulag Archipelago. N Engl J Med. 2004 Dec 2;351(23):2369-70
[PubMed ID: 15575051]
Fost N . Reconsidering the dead donor rule: is it important that organ donors be dead? Kennedy Inst Ethics J. 2004 Sep;14(3):249-60
[PubMed ID: 15495382]
O'Herrin JK Fost N Kudsk KA . Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations: effect on medical record research. Ann Surg. 2004 Jun;239(6):772-6; discussion 776-8
[PubMed ID: 15166956]
Allen DB Fost N . hGH for short stature: ethical issues raised by expanded access. J Pediatr. 2004 May;144(5):648-52
[PubMed ID: 15127004]
Love RR Fost N . A pilot seminar on ethical issues in clinical trials for cancer researchers in Vietnam. IRB. 2003 Nov-Dec;25(6):8-10
[PubMed ID: 15035249]
Farrell PM Fost N . Prenatal screening for cystic fibrosis: where are we now? J Pediatr. 2002 Dec;141(6):758-63
[PubMed ID: 12461490]