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

For emergency departments, incredible crowding can be normal

By , Globe Staff

The emergency department at Brigham and Women’s Hospital is so congested that doctors treat patients in hallways. Delays can last hours. Some frustrated patients simply walk out.

Face transplant patients endure a long and painful journey — and it’s even worse for black patients

By , Globe Staff

A California man disfigured in a fiery car crash has been on the waiting list for the surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital for nine months — twice as long as average.

Doctors prevail in liver donor malpractice case

By , Globe Staff

A 12-member jury ultimately rejected the wrongful death claim brought by the donor’s widow against well-known transplant surgeon Elizabeth Pomfret and two other physicians.

New England Baptist Hospital to launch campaign to attract more low-income patients

By , Globe Staff

The renowned institution where Boston Celtics and amateur athletes alike go sits amid two of Boston’s neediest neighborhoods. Yet just a tiny fraction of its patients are poor.