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

Long ER waits persist for children in mental health crises

By , Globe Staff

A backlog in emergency departments slows treatment for mentally ill patients and creates stress for doctors and nurses, who are generally not well-trained to manage patients who might be psychotic, violent, or suicidal.

At top hospitals, department chiefs still overwhelmingly white, male

By , Globe Staff

The lack of diversity is not just history inside Boston’s academic medical centers. It’s also very much the present inside Boston’s academic medical centers, a Globe survey finds.

‘How do you create an Amazon Prime for health care?’ and other challenges for head of effort to reinvent medical care

By , Globe Staff

The Globe asked several experts where Boston surgeon and prolific author Dr. Atul Gawande should start as he tries to help three financial titans try to reinvent health care.

State Medicaid program halts payments to Lawrence clinic over fraud allegations

By , Globe Staff

Arbour Counseling Services is accused of allowing unlicensed and unsupervised therapists to treat patients.