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

Massachusetts will ask Medicaid patients about quality of care

By , Globe Staff

A first-of-its-kind survey will give officials a window into how well MassHealth providers are performing amid a significant restructuring of the program.

Urgent care centers proliferate in Mass., but fewer low-income patients have access

By and , Globe Staff

An explosion of the largely unregulated urgent care industry is reshaping the health care landscape in the state.

Unhealthy Divide

A double diagnosis — cancer while poor

By , Globe Staff

Cancer is a tremendous burden for anyone, but for a growing number of lower-income and even middle-class patients, an illness means an avalanche of trouble.

Aetna settles with state over ‘ghost networks’

By , Globe Staff

The health insurer has agreed to vastly improve information for consumers, after an investigation by the Massachusetts attorney general found that its provider directories are inaccurate and deceptive.