Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

Visiting Faculty and Faculty in Residence

Stacey Tovino

Title/s: Visiting Professor of Law

Office #: Corboy 1315

Phone: 312.915.7897

E-mail: stovino@luc.edu


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 as well as treatments and services for opioid abuse.

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 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.


PhD, Medical Humanities, University of Texas Medical Branch (2006).
JD, University of Houston Law Center (1997).
BA, Economics, Tulane University (1994).

Courses Taught

Health Information Privacy and Technology

Selected Publications


Stacey A. Tovino, HIPAA Privacy Law: Theory, Policy, and Practice (Carolina Academic Press forthcoming).

Lucinda E. Jesson & Stacey A. Tovino, Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the Law (Carolina Academic Press 2010).

Lucinda E. Jesson & Stacey A. Tovino, Teacher's Manual to Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the Law(Carolina Academic Press 2010).

Book Contributions

Stacey A. Tovino, Health Care Finance, Religion, and Law: A Practitioner's Perspective, in Law, Religion, and Health in the U.S. (I. Glenn Cohen et al. eds., Cambridge University Press forthcoming 2016).

Stacey A. Tovino, Rights of Patients with Mental Health Conditionsin Mental Health Care Issues in America: An Encyclopedia, Vol. II, 690-97 (Michael Shally-Jensen ed., 2013).

Stacey A. Tovino, Insurance and Parity Lawsin Mental Health Care Issues in America: An Encyclopedia, Vol. I,350-57 (Michael Shally-Jensen ed., 2013).

Stacey A. Tovino, Medico-Legal Issues in Neuroimagingin Neuroethics in Practice 105-19 (Anjan Chatterjee & Martha Farah eds., Oxford Univ. Press 2012).

Stacey A. Tovino, Women’s Neuroethicsin Oxford Handbook of Neuroethics (Judy Illes & Barbara J. Sahakian eds., Oxford Univ. Press 2011).

Stacey A. Tovino, Medical Privacyin Governing America: Major Decisions of Federal, State, and Local Governments from 1789 to the Present (Paul Quirk & William Cunion eds., Facts on File Press 2011).


Stacey A. Tovino, On Health, Law, and Religion, 74 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2017).

Stacey A. Tovino, The EU GDPR and the HIPAA Privacy Rule: Illustrative Comparisons, 47 Seton Hall L. Rev.___ (forthcoming 2017).

Stacey A. Tovino, Teaching the HIPAA Privacy Rule, 61 St. Louis U. L. J. 469 (2017).

Stacey A. Tovino, Dying Fast: Suicide in Individuals with Gambling Disorder, 10 St. Louis U. J. Health L. & Pol'y 159 (2016).

Stacey A. Tovino, The House Edge: On Gambling and Professional Discipline, 91 Wash. L. Rev. 1253 (2016).  

Stacey A. Tovino, Of Mice and Men: On the Seclusion of Immigration Detainees and Hospital Patients, 100 Minn. L. Rev. 2381 (2016).

Stacey A. Tovino, The Grapes of Wrath: On the Health of Immigration Detainees, 57 B.C. L. Rev. 167 (2016).

Stacey A. Tovino, Gambling Disorder, Vulnerability, and the Law: Mapping the Field, 16 Hous. J. Health L. & Pol'y 102 (2016).

Stacey A. Tovino, Complying with the HIPAA Privacy Rule: Problems and Perspectives, 1 Loy. U. Chi. J. Reg. Compliance 23 (2016).

Stacey A. Tovino, The DSM-5: Implications for Health Law, 2015 Utah L. Rev. 767 (2015).

Stacey A. Tovino, Will Neuroscience Redefine Mental Injury? 12 Indiana Health L. Rev. 695 (2015).

Stacey A. Tovino, Introduction: Problem Gambling and the Law, 6 UNLV Gaming L.J. iii (2015).

Stacey A. Tovino, I Need a Doctor: A Critique of Medicare Financing of Graduate Medical Education, 71 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 2431 (2014).

Stacey A. Tovino, Lost in the Shuffle: How Health and Disability Laws Hurt Disordered Gamblers, 89 Tulane L. Rev. 191 (2014).

Stacey A. Tovino, Silence is Golden... Except in Health Care Philanthropy, 48 U. Rich. L. Rev. 1157 (2014).

Stacey A. Tovino, Giving Thanks: The Ethics of Grateful Patient Fundraising, 103 Ky. L. J. 1999 (2014).

Stacey A. Tovino, Introduction: Under the Knife: Health Law, Health Care Reform, and Beyond, 13 Nev. L. J. 641(2013).

Stacey A. Tovino, Conflicts of Interest in Medicine, Research, and Law: A Comparison, 117 Penn St. L. Rev. 1291 (2013).

Stacey A. Tovino, Gone Too Far: Federal Regulation of Health Care Attorneys, 91 Oregon L. Rev. 813 (2013).

Stacey A. Tovino, A "Common" Proposal, 50 Houston L. Rev. 787 (2013).

Stacey A. Tovino, HIPAA Privacy for Physicians, 17 Pathology Case Reviews 160 (2012).

Stacey A. Tovino, A Proposal for Comprehensive and Specific Essential Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits, 38 Am. J.L. & Med. 471 (2012).

Stacey A. Tovino, All Illnesses Are (Not) Created Equal: Reforming Federal Mental Health Insurance Law, 49Harv. J. on Legis. 1 (2012).

Stacey A. Tovino, Further Support for Mental Health Parity Law and Mandatory Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits, 21 Annals Health L. 147 (2012).

Stacey A. Tovino, Reforming State Mental Health Parity Law, 11 Hous. J. Health L. & Pol’y 455 (2011).

Stacey A. Tovino, Scientific Understandings of Postpartum Illness: Improving Health Law and Policy?, 33 Harv. J. L. & Gender 99 (2010).

Jennifer Bard et al., Three Ways of Looking at a Health Law and Literature Class, 1 Drexel L. Rev. 512 (2009).

Stacey A. Tovino, Remarks: Neuroscience, Gender, and the Law, 42 Akron L. Rev. 941 (2009), reprinted inWomen & The Law (Thomas H. Barnard & Jane Moriarty eds., West 2009).

Stacey A. Tovino, Neuroscience and Health Law: An Integrative Approach?, 42 Akron L. Rev. 469 (2009).

Stacey A. Tovino, Neuroimaging Research into Disorders of Consciousness: Moral Imperative or Ethical and Legal Failure?, 13 Va. J.L. & Tech. 2 (2008).

Stacey A. Tovino, The Impact of Neuroscience on Health Law, 1 Neuroethics 73 (2008).

Stacey A. Tovino, Incidental Findings: A Common Law Approach, 15 Accountability Res. 242 (2008).

Stacey A. Tovino, Functional Neuroimaging Information: A Case for Neuro Exceptionalism?, 34 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 415 (2007).

Stacey A. Tovino, Psychiatric Restraint and Seclusion: Resisting Legislative Solution, 47 Santa Clara L. Rev.511 (2007).

Stacey A. Tovino, Imaging Body Structure and Mapping Brain Function: A Historical Approach, 33 Am. J.L. & Med. 193 (2007), reprinted in Neuroethics: An Introduction With Readings (Martha Farah ed., MIT Press 2010).

Stacey A. Tovino, Functional Neuroimaging and the Law: Trends and Directions for Future Scholarship, 7 Am. J. Bioethics, Sept. 2007, at 44, reprinted in Neuroethics (Dayk Jang & Sungook Hong eds., Bada Publ’g forthcoming).

Stacey A. Tovino, The Visible Brain: Confidentiality and Privacy Implications of Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (May 2006) (unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, University of Texas Medical Branch, Institute for Medical Humanities).

Stacey A. Tovino, Incorporating Literature into a Health Law Curriculum, 9 J. Med. & L. 213 (2005).

Stacey A. Tovino, Hospital Chaplaincy under the HIPAA Privacy Rule: Health Care or “Just Visiting the Sick?”2Ind. Health L. Rev. 51 (2005).

Stacey A. Tovino & William J. Winslade, A Primer on the Law and Ethics of Treatment, Research, and Public Policy in the Context of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury, 14 Annals Health L. 1 (2005).

Stacey A. Tovino, Confidentiality and Privacy Implications of Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 33 J.L. Med. & Ethics 844 (2005).

Stacey A. Tovino & William J. Winslade, Research with Brain-Injured Subjects, 19 J. Head Trauma Rehabilitation513 (2004).

Stacey A. Tovino, American Midwifery Litigation and State Legislative Preferences for Physician-Controlled Childbirth, 11 Cardozo Women’s L.J. 61 (2004).

Stacey A. Tovino, The Use and Disclosure of Protected Health Information for Research under the HIPAA Privacy Rule: Unrealized Patient Autonomy and Burdensome Government Regulation, 49 S.D. L. Rev. 447 (2004).

Commentaries, Essays, and Reviews

Stacey A. Tovino, Book Review, 47 Jurimetrics 377 (2007) (reviewing Semir Zeki & Oliver Goodenough, Law and the Brain (Oxford Univ. Press 2006)).

Stacey A. Tovino, Book Review, 21 J.L. & Religion 205 (2005-2006) (reviewing Aaron L. Mackler, Introduction to Jewish and Catholic Bioethics: A Comparative Analysis (Georgetown Univ. Press 2003)).

Stacey A. Tovino, Book Review, 21 J.L. & Religion 247 (2005-2006) (reviewing Daniel B. Sinclair, Jewish Biomedical Law: Legal and Extra-Legal Dimensions (Oxford Univ. Press 2005)).

Stacey A. Tovino, Book Review, 21 J.L. & Religion 255 (2005-2006) (reviewing D. Kelly Weisberg, The Birth of Surrogacy in Israel (Univ. Press of Fla. 2005)).

Stacey A. Tovino, Book Review, 21 J.L. & Religion 475 (2005-2006) (reviewing Laurence Tancredi, Hardwired Behavior: What Neuroscience Reveals About Morality (Cambridge Univ. Press 2005)).