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

Brigham kidnapping dramatization highlights security risks

By , Globe Staff

Shaken after a woman posing as a doctor snuck into operating rooms in December, Brigham and Women’s will train employees to be on the lookout for “tailgating.”

State delays decision on Arbour Health System licenses

By , Globe Staff

Three hospitals have been cited repeatedly by state regulators, a Globe review found.

Families sue health insurers to cover wilderness therapy for mental illness

By , Globe Staff

A Mass. family sued Harvard Pilgrim Health Care in May for refusing to pay for their son’s wilderness therapy in Utah.

Families trusted this hospital chain to care for their relatives. It systematically failed them

By , Globe Staff

Arbour Health System hospitals, which serve about 16,000 patients annually, were cited again and again in state documents reviewed by the Globe.