Sandra G. Boodman

Washington, D.C.

Medical reporter and creator of the monthly Medical Mysteries column

Education: Brandeis University, A.B. with honors in American studies

Sandra G. Boodman joined The Washington Post as a temporary secretary to the Style editor in 1975. From 1977 to 2008 she was a staff writer on the Metro and National desks, covering, among other things, Virginia politics, the religious right, the early years of the AIDS epidemic and substandard doctors. She also served as deputy editor of the Health Section. She created The Post's Medical Mysteries column in 2007 and has been a regular contributor to Kaiser Health News since its inception in 2008.
Latest from Sandra G. Boodman

She was headed to a locked psych ward. Then an ER doctor made a startling discovery.

She had spent the previous six months at a private treatment center receiving care for mental illnesses.

February 12, 2022

‘I’m going blind. Somebody’s got to help me.’

For 17 years, she battled baffling attacks of dimming vision, nausea and crushing fatigue.

January 15, 2022

Hours after a massage, a professor was wildly dizzy and deaf in one ear

Why her spa day had permanent consequences.

December 11, 2021

Medical mystery: Back pain plagued her for 30 years. A recurring clue sparked a delayed diagnosis.

A woman’s “tipping point” spurred a fresh approach to the problem that dated back to high school.

November 13, 2021

Her unexplained jitteriness and weight loss were telling clues

An unfortunate combination of faulty assumptions and missed opportunities delayed a common diagnosis.

October 16, 2021

The unusual headaches that upended this man’s life began with a new car

The duration of his burning pain, triggered by chemical smells, has baffled doctors.

September 25, 2021

The cause of this baby’s collapse was worse than anything his parents imagined

Specialists feverishly tried to figure out why the 5-month-old stopped breathing.

August 21, 2021

A novelist’s labored speech signaled an unimaginable diagnosis

An Oregon woman wishes she had known the truth sooner.

July 10, 2021

For a bicyclist, a long overdue checkup uncovered the unexpected

The 49-year-old had thought his persistent symptoms were no big deal.

June 19, 2021

A dentist’s viselike pain signaled a nearly invisible disorder

Her anxiety left some doctors skeptical of a physical problem.

May 22, 2021