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

Lowell hospital plans to shutter clinic for malnourished children

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Administrators say the 22-year-old clinic at Lowell General is losing money. It served nearly 450 children in the past year, many with undiagnosed medical issues.

3 Boston hospitals reach $1 million settlement over patient privacy in ABC series

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Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Boston Medical Center were cited for allowing crews to film without first obtaining authorization from patients.

Mental health clinic sues state, says it will close if Medicaid payments aren’t restored

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Arbour Counseling Services, which treats more than 1,200 poor patients, threatens to close “imminently’’ if Massachusetts does not restore funding.

Surgeon who operated on shark attack victim says it was a ‘miracle’ injuries weren’t more serious

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“I thought there was a pretty good chance of major blood vessel or nerve damage,’’ said Dr. Scott Ryan, chief of orthopedic trauma surgery at Tufts Medical Center.