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.

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She was pregnant with twins and on a ventilator, and doctors faced a crucial decision

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Experimental treatments weren’t helping Lisseth Hernandez, so doctors had to make a crucial decision.

Major Boston hospital finds dramatic drop in stroke, heart attack, and cancer patients during coronavirus pandemic

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At Beth Israel Deaconess, the number of referrals to its breast cancer clinic dropped 65 percent in April.

Hospitals’ next phase: Recruiting back regular patients while allaying fears about mingling with the coronavirus

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As they develop plans for this next phase, several of the state’s large hospital systems said they will test for the coronavirus among all patients who they expect to admit to the hospital, even if they don’t have symptoms.

Medical workers return to work after recovering from COVID-19. But are they immune? No one knows for sure

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Recovered hospital staff generally protect themselves on the job as if they had no immunity.