Liz Kowalczyk

Liz Kowalczyk reports on hospitals, doctors, and the patient perspective for the Globe, focusing on quality of care and medical errors, medical culture, and treatment trends, including for mental health issues. Her job includes exposing problems in the health care system that impact patients in ways both big and small.

Kowalczyk is a graduate of Cornell University, and has worked for the Globe since 2000. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 as part of a team for national reporting on a pharmacy whose contaminated products killed and injured dozens of people. She won first place in 2014 for beat reporting from the Association of Health Care Journalists. In 2015, she was a Scripps Howard Foundation finalist for investigative reporting as part of a team that wrote about concurrent surgery.

Latest stories

Teaching hospitals pledge to hire, treat more minorities

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Their efforts to highlight diversity are partly in response to a Boston Globe Spotlight series on race published in December.

‘Cool caps’ help chemo patients keep hair — for a high price

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Some hospitals that primarily serve low-income patients have decided not to even offer “scalp cooling” therapy, saying it’s beyond most patients’ reach.

In ICUs, a furry friend to comfort patients

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Mass. General finds that therapy dogs humanize and soften tremendous suffering, loneliness, and stress.

Judge dismisses Bermuda’s bribery lawsuit against Lahey Clinic

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The civil suit had accused the hospital and medical center of paying bribes to gain health care business on the island.