Stacey A. Tovino

Stacey A. Tovino

Judge Jack and Lulu Lehman Professor of Law

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Areas of expertise:

Health Law, Medical Humanities, Bioethics, Tort Law


Professor Stacey A. Tovino is a leading expert in health law, bioethics, and the medical humanities. She has particular expertise in the regulatory, operational, and financial aspects of health law, and she frequently explores issues that lie at the intersection of health law and information law, including those involving the HIPAA Privacy Rule, the EU GDPR, and state privacy, security, and breach notification laws. Educated as both an attorney and a medical 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 Iowa Law Review (2019), Alabama Law Review (2018), Washington and Lee Law Review (2017), Minnesota Law Review (2016), Boston College Law Review (2016), Washington Law Review (2016), Washington and Lee Law Review (2015), and Tulane Law Review (2014). Professor Tovino founded the UNLV Health Law Program and served as its director from 2013 to 2018.

Professor Tovino's 2018-2019 research projects involve state innovation in data privacy, security, and breach notification; the privacy and security issues raised by mobile research applications; federal enforcement of the HIPAA Administrative Simplification Rules; public and private health insurance coverage of skilled care and cognitive rehabilitation; and the legal and ethical issues raised by grateful patient fundraising.

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 Founding 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); attorney at the Law Office of Stacey Toivino (2003-06); and attorney in the Health Industries Group of the Houston office of the international law firm Vinson & Elkins (1997-2003). She has more than two decades of law practice experience representing 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 regulatory, civil, operational, financial matters. She also represents patients and families in pro bono and advocacy matters.

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