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Marshall Allen covers patient safety for ProPublica. He is one of the creators of ProPublica’s Surgeon Scorecard, which published the complication rates for about 17,000 surgeons who perform eight common elective procedures. He also moderates the ProPublica Patient Safety Facebook group. Allen’s work has been honored with several journalism awards, including the Harvard Kennedy School’s 2011 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting and coming in as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for local reporting for work at the Las Vegas Sun, where he worked 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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Oct. 11, 2013, 10:59 a.m.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.
Sep. 19, 2013, 10:03 a.m.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.”
Sep. 16, 2013, 3 p.m.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.
Aug. 30, 2013, 11:59 a.m.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.
July 15, 2013, 2:27 p.m.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.
July 15, 2013, 11:23 a.m.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.
Feb. 11, 2013, 3:58 p.m.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.
Jan. 28, 2013, 1:51 p.m.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.
Jan. 9, 2013, 3:43 p.m.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.”
Jan. 4, 2013, 10:50 a.m.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.
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Oct. 10, 2012, 12:26 p.m.Drugs produced at ‘compounding’ pharmacies — like the steroids suspected of 15 meningitis deaths — are exempt from the safety checks that mass-produced pharmaceuticals receive.
Sep. 25, 2012, 10:34 a.m.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.
Sep. 18, 2012, 2:36 p.m.Be part of the patient safety conversation, get regular updates and share stories or views
Sep. 18, 2012, 2:31 p.m.New report analyzes the cost of medical waste in America.
Sep. 18, 2012, 2:30 p.m.In his new book, surgeon Marty Makary gives his thoughts on why patient harm persists, and what to do about it. He sat down with us for a Q&A.
Sep. 18, 2012, 2:30 p.m.Patient safety advocate Rosemary Gibson thinks the too-big-to-fail health care industry lacks accountability and a forceful mandate to improve.
Aug. 8, 2012, 12:41 p.m.As Hospital Corporation of America comes under scrutiny, experts say unnecessary heart procedures are common, costing taxpayers, driving insurance premiums and putting patients at risk.
July 20, 2012, 10:37 a.m.The death of 12-year-old Rory Staunton from septic shock prompted NYU's Langone Medical Center to revamp its emergency room procedures to address a startling lapse. History shows that the profession is unlikely to learn from this mistake.
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