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

Aetna settles with state over ‘ghost networks’

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The health insurer has agreed to vastly improve information for consumers, after an investigation by the Massachusetts attorney general found that its provider directories are inaccurate and deceptive.

Even with insurance, getting mental health treatment is a struggle in Mass., study says

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More than half of Massachusetts adults who sought mental health or addiction treatment in recent months had difficulty getting an appointment, according to a survey.

Involving patients in hospital ‘rounds’ can curb medical errors, researchers find

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Doctors, residents, nurses, and medical students often gather in front of computers in corridors to conduct the crucial daily meetings to determine treatment.

Here’s the story behind these anti-hot-dog billboards in Boston

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They may be a childhood mealtime staple, but a national physicians group says that hot dogs have no place on the menu at Boston Children’s Hospital.