Elisabeth Rosenthal
Born (1956-04-29) April 29, 1956 (age 67)
New York City, NY, U.S.
Alma materStanford University (B.S., B.A.)
University of Cambridge (M.A.)
Harvard University (MD)
Notable awards2014 Victor Cohn Prize for Medical Science Reporting

Elisabeth Rosenthal (born April 29, 1956)[1] is an American physician and former New York Times reporter who focused on health and environment matters. She is the author of a 2017 book, “An American Sickness”, which argues that severely distorted financial incentives are at the root of the US healthcare problems. She continues to contribute to New York Times in the 'Opinion' section.

She was previously a correspondent in the Times Beijing bureau.

Currently she is editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News.


In 1978 Rosenthal obtained her bachelor's degrees in history and biology from Stanford University.[2]

In 1980, she received her M.A. degree in English from the University of Cambridge, where she graduated as a Marshall Scholar.[2]

In 1986, she graduated from Harvard Medical School with an M.D. degree. She did her residency at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and worked part-time 5 years in the emergency department at New York Hospital. She quit her medical practice in 1994.[1]


In 1994 Rosenthal began working for The New York Times as a science reporter, before covering the health and hospitals beat.[2]

Starting in 1997, she worked as the Beijing correspondent for six years.[2]

She then became the European health and environment correspondent, working out of the Times' office in Rome. In 2008 Rosenthal moved back to New York and became the paper's global environmental correspondent. In 2012 she began covering the Affordable Care Act, which started her new beat as a healthcare reporter.[2]


Rosenthal lives in New York City and Washington, D.C.[3]


Selected bibliography


  1. ^ a b "Dinner and Conversation with NY Times Science Editor Elisabeth Rosenthal". Fels Institute of Government. Archived from the original on 15 June 2014. Retrieved 16 September 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f New York Times reporter Elisabeth Rosenthal awarded 2014 Victor Cohn Prize for Medical Science Reporting, Council for the Advancement of Science Writing, 15 September 2014
  3. ^ About the Author
  4. ^ a b Trounson, Rebecca (November 13, 2020). "Anderson School of Management announces 2020 Loeb Award winners in business journalism" (Press release). UCLA Anderson School of Management. Retrieved November 13, 2020.