Dr. Thomas Mayo
Tom Mayo is Associate Professor at SMU’s Dedman School of Law; Adjunct Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Texas – Southwestern Medical School; and Of Counsel to Haynes and Boone, all in Dallas. He teaches courses in health care law, election law, torts, nonprofit organizations, and bioethics, as well as a literature course for medical students and law students together (titled, unsurprisingly, “Law, Literature & Medicine”). He currently serves on two hospital ethics committees and is co-chair of the ethics committees at Parkland Hospital and Children’s Medical Center. He is a co-founder of the Dallas Legal Hospice, Texas’ first pro bono legal clinic for persons with HIV disease and persons with terminal illnesses. In 2002 he received the Dallas County Medical Society’s Heath Award for outstanding leadership and service to medicine and to the community of Dallas and has twice received the law school’s outstanding teacher award. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the Program in Ethics in Science and Medicine at the University of Texas – Southwestern Medical Center and a founding Fellow of the American Health Lawyers Association. From 2005 to 2010 he served as the third director of the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at Southern Methodist University. He was also the editor of the Medical Humanities Series of the SMU Press and the poetry columnist for the Dallas Morning News.