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The Department of Medical History and Bioethics dates back to 1950, when the University of Wisconsin Medical School created a Department of the History of Medicine, the second department of its kind in the country. The Program in Medical Ethics has been an integral part of the department since its founding in 1973.   (More information --> About Us)

Welcome to Aaron G. Wightman

We welcome Aaron G. Wightman, MD, MA, Assistant Professor in the Medical History and Bioethics and the Department of Pediatrics. He is a pediatric nephrologist and has research interests in ethical issues around informed consent and related research ethics questions.

Professor Norm Fost Retirement

Congratulations to Professor Emeritus Norm Fost, who retired in May. One of the early champions of the field of bioethics, he served in the Department of Medical History and Bioethics and the Department of Pediatrics and developed an enormous body of work in clinical research ethics over the years.

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