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Stacey A. Tovino, J.D.

Adjunct Professor


Courses Taught

HIPAA Privacy Law

Research Interests

Professor Stacey A. Tovino is a leading expert in health law, bioethics, and the medical humanities. Educated as both a lawyer and a humanist, Professor Tovino publishes her interdisciplinary work in textbooks, casebooks, edited readers, law reviews, medical and science journals, and ethics and humanities journals. Recent law review publications include articles in the Penn State Law Review, Oregon Law Review, Houston Law Review, Harvard Journal on Legislation, Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, Florida State University Law Review, Santa Clara Law Review, Virginia Journal of Law and Technology, and Houston Journal of Health Law and Policy.

Professor Tovino’s first co-authored book, Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the Law, was published by Carolina Academic Press in 2010. Her 2013-2014 research projects relate to the law and ethics of grateful patient fundraising, the bi-directional relationship between tort law and health law, and the impact of advances in neuroscience on health insurance law, disability benefit law, and disability discrimination law.

Professor Tovino is a frequent speaker on the local, national, and international level. She has been invited to guest lecture and present papers on a range of health law, bioethics and medical humanities topics at schools of law, medicine, public health, pharmacy, life sciences, health sciences and public policy, as well as undergraduate and graduate departments of neuroscience, biology, psychology, sociology, philosophy, and humanities across the country.

Prior to joining the faculty at Boyd, Professor Tovino served as Director of the Health Law and Policy Center and Associate Professor of Law at Drake University Law School (2008-10); Assistant Professor of Law at Hamline University School of Law (2006-08); Visiting Assistant Professor, Research Professor, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston Law Center (2003-06); and attorney in the Health Industries Group of the Houston office of the international law firm Vinson & Elkins (1997-2003). During her practice, Professor Tovino represented physicians, scientists, allied health professionals, general and special hospitals, academic medical centers, organ procurement organizations, blood banks, AIDS clinics, and nonprofit health care organizations in civil and regulatory matters.