12 episodes

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 Wondery

    • True Crime
    • 4.9 • 82.8K Ratings

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.

    Wondery presents Jacked: Rise of the New Jack Sound

    Wondery presents Jacked: Rise of the New Jack Sound

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    Hosted by Golden Globe winner Taraji P. Henson. 

    Have you ever had a dream? Something you wanted so bad you just couldn’t let it go? For a group of kids in Harlem in the Eighties, their dreams would change pop music forever. Teddy Riley, Timmy Gatling, and Aaron Hall form a group called Guy that would fuse hip-hop and R&B and launch a new sound. By the early Nineties, the New Jack Sound dominated the pop music charts: Bell Biv DeVoe, Bobby Brown, Boyz II Men, and many more. But the rise of the New Jack sound would come at a cost, and not everyone would make it to the top. From Wondery and Universal Music Group, Jacked is a story of friendship, gangsters, double-crosses, and big dreams.

    • 4 min
    An Update: Love and Loyalty

    An Update: Love and Loyalty

    In this special follow-up episode to the first season of Dr Death, Laura Beil revisits the  story of Christopher Duntsch’s best friend. When Jerry Summers needed surgery, he turned to his best friend. But the two buddies ended up living two very different realities. And after becoming paralyzed as a result of his botched surgery, Jerry is finally ready to open about what he went through, who he blames, and what he wants to say to Chris now. If you haven’t already, listen to the first season now, particularly the episode called “Chris and Jerry.” Tap here to see a picture of Jerry with his dog, Stella.

    • 38 min
    Wondery presents Do No Harm

    Wondery presents Do No Harm

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    From Wondery, the makers of Dr. Death and Dirty John, and NBC News, the team behind Dateline and The Thing About Pam - Do No Harm. 

    Melissa Bright thinks she's living every parent's worst nightmare when her five-month-old baby tumbles from a lawn chair and hits his head on the driveway. But after she rushes him to the hospital, a new nightmare begins.The Brights are thrust into a medical and legal system so focused on protecting children from abuse, it has targeted innocent parents. With exclusive audio captured as the events unfolded, this harrowing six-episode series takes you inside the Brights' fight to hold their family together, against a system that can sometimes do more harm than good. Hosted by NBC News National Investigative Reporter Mike Hixenbaugh.

    • 4 min
    Wondery Presents: Dr. Death Season 2

    Wondery Presents: Dr. Death Season 2

    If someone you love is diagnosed with cancer you want them to get the best treatment from the best doctors. In 2013, patients in Michigan thought Farid Fata was that doctor. Between his prestigious education, years of experience and pleasant bedside manner, Fata was everything you could want in a doctor. But he was not who he appeared to be. From Wondery, this is the story of hundreds of patients in Michigan, a doctor, and a poisonous secret.

    Laura Beil, returns with a second season of the award-winning series “Dr Death.”

    Click to listen to Dr. Death Season 2: wondery.fm/DrDeathS2_DrDeath

    • 4 min
    Update

    Update

    Reporter Laura Beil has a few updates on the story of Christopher Duntsch since the series was first released. She attends an appeals hearing for Duntsch's case, discusses Baylor-Plano Hospital’s response -- and the mysterious case of the disappearing billboard.

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    Dr. Death merchandise is now available! 15% of proceeds from each sale will go to the nonprofit newsroom ProPublica and their effort to spotlight wrongdoings in the healthcare industry. Shop tees, hoodies, & mugs at wondery.com/store.

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    • 24 min
    Closure

    Closure

    Michelle Shughart has her work cut out for her, since no doctor has ever been prosecuted for crimes committed while practicing medicine. His patient’s lives would never be the same, but what would what would be the fate of Dr. Duntsch? The people in Dallas struggle to understand what drove him to do such horrible things. And what happens if the system faces another “Dr. Death.” 

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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
82.8K Ratings

82.8K Ratings

Moots boots ,

Excellently Put Together!

Burned through this podcast after hearing about it from a good friend in one sitting. Wow, grabbed my attention right away and was unable to turn it off. I cannot believe this guy was able to continue to operate on patients!?!? My heart pours out to the patients and families that have had to deal with this monster posing as a upstanding brilliant neurosurgeon. Hope this story will help people not be abused by the healthcare system in the future.

Waterlilyjane ,

Wow!

I’m speechless. What a compelling podcast.

Deebles111 ,

Cringe

I have never cringed more while listening to a podcast. Terrible story wonderfully told.

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