Assistant: Tara Lee Oliver
Practice Areas: Accreditation/On-Site Government Investigations and Surveys · Adoption/Assisted Reproductive Issues · Child and Adult Abuse/Mandatory Reporting Requirements · Conservatorships/ELHF (Expedited Limited Healthcare Fiduciary)/Subpoenas · Custody/Parental Rights · Disposition of Bodies and Anatomical Remains · EMTALA/Patient Access and Transfer Issues · End of Life Issues/Withdrawal of Care · Health Records Management/Release of Information · Healthcare Decision-Making/Consent/Refusal of Care · Healthcare Operations and Policies · Law Enforcement Relationships and Issues · Medical Staff Bylaws · Medicare Conditions of Participation · Organ Donor and Transplant Issues · OSHA/Medical/Hazardous Waste · Scope of Clinical Practice/Licensure
Ms. Morris, Managing Counsel, joined the Vanderbilt University Office of General Counsel in August 1984, and served as Deputy General Counsel from 2000 until 2016. Since April, 2016 she has served as Managing Counsel in the VUMC Office of Legal Affairs for Healthcare Operations. Her healthcare practice focuses on a variety of issues including scope of practice and licensure for healthcare providers, medical staff, house staff, complex patient care issues including child abuse, patient and surrogate consent, informed consent, end of life and advance directives, EMTALA and other healthcare regulatory issues, accreditation, contracts, policies and procedures, and release of medical information and HIPAA. She provides numerous in-services throughout the medical center.
She holds JD, BSN, and MSN degrees from the University of Kentucky. Prior to coming to Vanderbilt University, she was Staff Counsel and Risk Manager at Mills Memorial Hospital in San Mateo, California, she was a member nursing faculty at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing and the University of San Francisco. Ms. Morris is a member of the Tennessee and Nashville Bar Associations and a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, has given numerous presentations at AHLA, the TBA Health Law Forum, and programs for a wide range of health care professionals.