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

Boston hospitals warn doctors to disclose industry ties

By , Globe Staff

The actions were triggered by a series of lapses at New York City’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Stabbed, punched, bitten: ER doctors face rising violence

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Nearly half of ER doctors say they have been physically assaulted on the job by patients and family members.

Unhealthy Divide | part one

At elegant McLean psychiatric outpost, $2,150 a day, and insurance is not welcome

By , Globe Staff

The well-known psychiatric hospital is steadily expanding in the world of “private-pay” treatment, boosting options for the upper middle class and wealthy at a time when many other patients say they can’t get their insurers to pay for adequate treatment.

Lowell hospital plans to shutter clinic for malnourished children

By , Globe Staff

Administrators say the 22-year-old clinic at Lowell General is losing money. It served nearly 450 children in the past year, many with undiagnosed medical issues.