15 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

    • 4.9, 68.1K 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.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
68.1K Ratings

68.1K Ratings

Ellen NUFC ,

Amazing, incredible, unbelievable story.

It’s amazing that Christopher Duntsch became a surgeon. It’s incredible that he operated on and harmed so many people. It’s unbelievable how long he got away with it all. This podcast, which is well-researched and well-presented, tells the most harrowing tale of a doctor off the rails. It’ll make you think twice and research harder when you need a surgeon.

HollaAtYaFreak ,

Great story, but better editing would give it 5

The story is very entertaining, in a style I found similar to dirty John. I thought this was very well researched and organized chronologically, but I had a lot of trouble in episode two with the volume and having to adjust it every few seconds when someone was interviewed. The podcaster’s voice was super loud to the point where I had to turn the volume down when it was in my cup holder whereas I had to hold the phone against my ear on full volume to hear the interviewee

Rlgordon0402 ,

So many emotions

My fiancé and I finished this in 2 days. I was angry and then excited. We both work in pre-hospital health care currently and he eventually will be a physician. I am so sad that the healthcare system failed that many people and I hope those that are listening will share and be as cautious as possible when trusting the healthcare system. Human error is inevitable but not to this extent. I am so glad a man like this is behind bars and hope to god the healthcare system learns from this. A law suite is not more important than saving lives...

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