Tovino, Stacey

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Stacey Tovino

Adjunct/Senior Fellow


BA, Tulane University
JD, University of Houston Law Center
PhD, University of Texas Medical Branch, Institute for Medical Humanities


Stacey A. Tovino, JD, PhD, currently serves as director of the Health Law and Policy Center and associate professor of law at Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa. Her research and teaching interests lie in the areas of health law, bioethics, and medical humanities, with a particular emphasis on confidentiality and privacy, human subjects research ethics, neurolaw, neuroethics, and mental health law. Tovino is widely published and has authored articles in the Virginia Journal of Law and Technology, Florida State University Law Review, Santa Clara Law Review, Akron Law Review, American Journal of Bioethics-Neuroscience, Neuroethics, Journal of Medicine and Law, and American Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics.

Prior to her academic career, Tovino served as an attorney in the Health Industries Group of the Houston law firm Vinson and Elkins, where she represented physicians, scientists, allied health professionals, general and special hospitals, academic medical centers, organ procurement organizations, blood banks, HIV/AIDS clinics, and nonprofit health care organizations in civil and regulatory health care matters.

Tovino received her PhD in Medical Humanities with distinction from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Institute for Medical Humanities. Her doctoral dissertation, reportedly the first in the field of neuroethics, examined the confidentiality and privacy issues raised by advances in functional magnetic resonance imaging. Tovino earned her JD, magna cum laude, from the University of Houston Law Center, and her BA in Economics, magna cum laude, from Newcomb College of Tulane University.