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Marshall Allen is a reporter for ProPublica. His "Do No Harm: Hospital Care in Las Vegas," written in collaboration with Alex Richards for the Las Vegas Sun, was honored with several journalism awards, including winning the Harvard Kennedy School's 2011 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting and coming in as a Pulitzer Prize finalist for local reporting. His health-care coverage was recognized as the best in the country in 2009 by the Association of Healthcare Journalists (AHCJ). In 2007, he won second place for his beat reporting for the Sun where he spent five years before coming to ProPublica in 2011. Before he was in journalism, Allen spent five years in full-time ministry, including three years in Nairobi, Kenya. He has a Master's degree in Theology.

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Ten Patient Stories: When Attorneys Refused My Medical Malpractice Case

Dozens of readers responded to our post about Ernie Ciccotelli, who couldn’t get a lawyer to pursue his claim for damages from a life-threatening infection he acquired in the hospital.

Patient Harm: When An Attorney Won’t Take Your Case

Studies show that nine of 10 patients seeking a medical malpractice attorney won’t find one —  women, children and the elderly in particular.

Five Takeaways: Why Doctors Stay Mum About Mistakes Their Colleagues Make

Why Doctors Stay Mum About Mistakes Their Colleagues Make

Telling a patient about another doctor’s medical error can mean losing business or suffering retribution. Now, some physicians are looking for ways to break the code of silence.

Muckreads Podcast: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis

ProPublica reporter Marshall Allen interviews Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada about their new book, “League of Denial," which reveals that the NFL spent decades undermining researchers who found links between football and brain injuries and played down the risks.

How Many Die From Medical Mistakes in U.S. Hospitals?

An updated estimate says it could be at least 210,000 patients a year – more than twice the number in the Institute of Medicine’s frequently quoted report, “To Err is Human.”

MuckReads Podcast: The Story Behind ‘The Child Exchange’

ProPublica reporter Marshall Allen sits down with Megan Twohey of Reuters to get the story behind "The Child Exchange" investigation, which looked into how U.S. families use Internet message boards to abandon difficult children adopted from other countries.

One Step Closer To Getting Her Husband’s Heart Back

Since the mysterious death of Linda Carswell’s husband, a Texas hospital has kept his heart on ice. This week, an appeals court lifted an order blocking Carswell’s family from retrieving it.

Prescriber Checkup Q&A

ProPublica reporters explain the data behind Prescriber Checkup, the first database to reveal what medications doctors and other providers are giving patients under Medicare’s Part D prescription drug program.

MuckReads Podcast: The Good Nurse

Over the course of his 16-year career as a registered nurse, Charles Cullen murdered at least 40 patients – making him one of the most prolific serial killers in American history. Author Charles Graeber chronicled Cullen’s killing spree in his book, The Good Nurse, and shares the chilling backstory.

Podcast: ProPublica Explores Patient Safety

ProPublica's Marshall Allen, Olga Pierce and Blair Hickman walk us through their ongoing series on patient safety, and how it’s essentially inverted the investigative process by incorporating community and crowdsourcing efforts long before they’ve published a single traditional story.

Manti Te’o Was Involved in Three Hoaxes: MuckReads Podcast

ProPublica reporter Marshall Allen interviews Deadspin's Timothy Burke and Jack Dickey about breaking the story of the three hoaxes involving college football player Manti Te'o.

What a New Doctor Learned About Medical Mistakes From Her Mom’s Death

Dr. Elaine Goodman says hospital culture has to embrace the notion that reporting and tracking medical errors are a positive, not punitive, step: “It’s not enough just to have caring, qualified people to keep the patient safe.”

How You Can Help ProPublica Cover Patient Safety

More than 2,000 people — patients, doctors, nurses — have joined our Facebook group to debate causes and solutions to the problem of patients being harmed while receiving care.

Snooping On the X-ray Tech: A Patient’s Dilemma

Dead On the Operating Table: A Q&A with journalist Mina Kimes

What a Failed Vegas Sex Pill and The Meningitis Outbreak Have In Common

Drugs produced at ‘compounding’ pharmacies — like the steroids suspected of 15 meningitis deaths — are exempt from the safety checks that mass-produced pharmaceuticals receive.

Why Patients Don’t Report Medical Errors

Patient safety flaws remain hidden if no one finds out about them. Now, a federal health care quality agency is planning a new effort to encourage disclosure of medical mistakes.

How You Can Help ProPublica Investigate Health Care Quality

Be part of the patient safety conversation, get regular updates and share stories or views

A Costly Equation: Medical Dollars Wasted Are Greater Than the U.S. Defense Budget

New report analyzes the cost of medical waste in America.
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