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Norman Fost Earns Prestigious National Award

A longtime UW School of Medicine and Public Health professor was recently awarded the 2016 MacLean Center Prize in Clinical Ethics and Health Outcomes.


Norman Fost, professor emeritus of pediatrics and medical history and bioethics, received the prize – which includes a $50,000 award – at the MacLean Center's 28th annual Dorothy J. MacLean Fellows Conference on Ethics in Medicine in early November at the University of Chicago Law School.


Norman Fost

"Dr. Norman Fost is a distinguished scholar, teacher, ethics program director, and clinical leader in the fields of bioethics and pediatrics," said Mark Siegler, Lindy Bergman Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Surgery, and director of the MacLean Center. "We are honored to recognize Dr. Norman Fost with this year's MacLean Center Prize."


Fost, who joined UW-Madison in 1973, was the founder and director of the bioethics program for 40 years. In addition, he chaired the Hospital Ethics Committee and Health Sciences Institutional Review Board for more than 30 years. He was also vice chair and residency director in the school's Department of Pediatrics for 21 years.


Fost has been a thought leader in a wide range of medical ethics issues, including end-of-life decisions for children with disabilities, the use of performance-enhancing drugs, genetic screening and the definition of death.


"Winning the MacLean Center Prize is an incredible and unexpected honor," Fost said. "Under the leadership of Dr. Mark Siegler, the MacLean Center has had a profound impact on the field of bioethics through its research, education and training programs. I am proud to have my name associated with the center and deeply grateful to Dr. Siegler and the MacLean family for this wonderful award."


The MacLean Center, which pioneered the formal study of clinical medical ethics in the early 1980s, has the world's largest clinical medical ethics program for health care providers, according to the center’s website.


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Date Published: 11/29/2016

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