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

Her face transplant is failing after 6 years. Now this patient awaits an uncertain future

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Carmen Blandin Tarleton’s situation is a reminder that despite successes in the field, face transplantation is experimental and there are many unanswered questions about benefits versus long-term risks.

Saudi prince denies he owes Boston Children’s Hospital $3.5 million

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Court documents detail how Children’s allegedly set the price for the care of a 2-year-old girl, who suffers from a rare genetic disease that requires treatment with an expensive new drug.

These are the most frequent medical errors in Massachusetts

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1. Pressure ulcer (14,369 claims in 2013)

Medical errors prevalent and costly, new survey of Massachusetts residents shows

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Researchers calculated that errors in the state totaled 61,982 in one single year.