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

Doctors prevail in liver donor malpractice case

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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

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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.

Malpractice case involving death of liver donor goes to trial

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Paul Hawks, who agreed to donate most of his liver to his sick brother-in-law, died on the operating room table. Did surgeons adequately inform him of the risks?

Federal judge: State fails to provide prompt mental health care to poor children

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US District Court Judge Michael Ponsor said that constant delays can lead to violent physical outbursts, removal from homes, and traumatizing and unnecessary hospital stays.