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

Partners HealthCare will outsource some expensive, back-office jobs to India

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Many of the employees have worked for Partners for several years, or even decades.

Use of placebos on children in study draws researcher’s ire

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An outside researcher raises ethical questions about using a dummy pill in an estimated half of subjects, instead of vitamin D.

Lowell psychiatric hospital with a history of citations will close

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Lowell Treatment Center becomes the second hospital owned by the Arbour Health System to shut down in six months.

How a crude photo from a Boston surgeon roiled the medical world

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During a conference speech, a prominent Brigham and Women’s surgeon showed a photo of a famous statue — with the surgeon and a colleague touching her breasts.