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We’re at our most vulnerable when we go to our doctors. We trust the person at the other end of that scalpel. We trust the hospital. We trust the system.

Christopher Duntsch was a neurosurgeon who radiated confidence. He claimed he was the best in Dallas. If you had back pain, and had tried everything else, Dr. Duntsch could give you the spine surgery that would take your pain away.

But soon his patients started to experience complications, and the system failed to protect them. Which begs the question: who - or what - is that system meant to protect?

From Wondery, the network behind the hit podcast Dirty John, DR. DEATH is a story about a charming surgeon, 33 patients and a spineless system. Reported and hosted by Laura Beil.

Dr. Death | S1: Dr. Duntsch Wondery

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    • 4.9 • 86.9K Ratings

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We’re at our most vulnerable when we go to our doctors. We trust the person at the other end of that scalpel. We trust the hospital. We trust the system.

Christopher Duntsch was a neurosurgeon who radiated confidence. He claimed he was the best in Dallas. If you had back pain, and had tried everything else, Dr. Duntsch could give you the spine surgery that would take your pain away.

But soon his patients started to experience complications, and the system failed to protect them. Which begs the question: who - or what - is that system meant to protect?

From Wondery, the network behind the hit podcast Dirty John, DR. DEATH is a story about a charming surgeon, 33 patients and a spineless system. Reported and hosted by Laura Beil.

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    Trial Update | The Verdict

    Trial Update | The Verdict

    A verdict has been reached in the trial of Paolo Macchiarini. What happens next?

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    • 7 min
    Trial Update | The Wait

    Trial Update | The Wait

    Paolo Macchiarini has been on a month-long trial in Sweden. Now that prosecution and defense arguments have rested, Laura Beil speaks with Benita Alexander about the final day in court and what to expect in the coming weeks.

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    • 9 min
    Three Days In Dallas

    Three Days In Dallas

    All physicians are taught, “First do no harm.” But what happens when a doctor does harm his patients?

    Dr. Robert Henderson was a veteran spinal surgeon in Dallas when he got an unusual phone call from a local hospital: a new surgeon had operated so poorly that a patient who’d walked in on her own two feet now couldn’t even wiggle her toes. Dr. Henderson had seen a lot, but he wasn't prepared for this. The surgery was so bad, in fact, he asked himself whether this person possibly be an impostor impersonating a physician?

    “Death Don’t Have No Mercy” performed by Delaney Davidson and Marlon Williams, courtesy of Rough Diamond Records.

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    • 33 min
    Chris and Jerry

    Chris and Jerry

    Chris Duntsch was a promising medical student, with a bright future ahead of him. The friends who knew him were shocked at the doctor he would later become. Not Chris, they said. That’s not the man I know. The Chris Duntsch they knew was driven, hard-working, smart, with a twinkle in his eye. And no one believed they knew Chris Duntsch better than his best friend, Jerry Summers.

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    • 38 min
    Occam’s Razor

    Occam’s Razor

    Kimberly Morgan was attracted to Christopher Duntsch from the moment she met him. He was charming and seemed destined for great things. But she also saw another side to him. Duntsch’s behavior led many people who came into contact with him to wonder: Was he an impaired physician? A terrible surgeon? Or a cold-blooded killer?

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    • 38 min
    Spineless

    Spineless

    If a doctor is fired from a hospital, the hospital should report it immediately. That’s how problem doctors are prevented from getting hired elsewhere. But the places where Dr. Duntsch operated failed to report him to the proper authorities. If they had, maybe Duntsch’s path of destruction would have been stopped much sooner.

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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
86.9K Ratings

86.9K Ratings

AMEB80 ,

Dr. Death

Fantastic podcast!!! Extremely sad and pathetic on Christopher Duntsch’s part (I refuse to even call him a doctor!!). Very sad for the people who lost their life or a loved one and extremely sad for those who deal with permanent damage now because of that sociopath. Makes you fear if you REALLY know and can trust the ones whom you’ve trusted with your life!

Abdumalik24 ,

Great listen

I especially liked the coverage on how corporate practices that have forced their way into American medicine promoted Chris Duntsch’s continued butchery of innocents. Keep up the good work!

A good candidate for a future season of Dr. Death could be the obstretician Kala Dharma. She became infamous among physicians in Duntsch’s former hunting ground of DFW for gross incompetence and being banned from practicing in nearly every hospital there. She preyed on disadvantaged Latinas and African-American women who lacked the resources to get justice. Her extended family and friends who live overseas flood her Healthgrades page with 5-star reviews and spam and threaten former patients who speak out against her. Last I heard, she moved out to California where she continues to butcher pregnant women.

Kbc 79 ,

very interesting reporting, horrible sound quality

This is a horrific story that is very well-reported. the sound quality especially on the first two episodes is terrible.

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