Stacey A. Tovino

Stacey A. Tovino

Founding Director, UNLV Health Law Program

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 civil, regulatory, operational, and financial aspects of health law, and she frequently explores issues that lie at the intersection of health law and other fields, such as gaming law, insurance law, and immigration law. 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 Minnesota Law Review, Washington Law Review, Boston College Law Review, Washington and Lee Law Review, Tulane Law Review, Utah Law Review, Florida State University Law Review, Houston Law Review, University of Richmond Law Review, Kentucky Law Journal, Penn State Law Review, Harvard Journal on Legislation, and Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, among many other general and specialty journals.

Professor Tovino's 2017-2018 research and community service projects relate to the law and ethics of grateful patient fundraising, the regulatory obligations of intermediate care facilities vis-a-vis patients with intellectual disabilities, public and private insurance coverage of acute and post-acute brain rehabilitation, the lack of access to physical and mental health care by immigration detainees, and the legal treatment of individuals with gambling disorder.

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). 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 operational, civil, regulatory, and transactional matters as well as patients and families in pro bono and patient advocacy matters.

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