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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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The events of April 20th, 1999 shaped our nation and altered the American narrative. One of America’s deadliest school shootings took place in a small town in Colorado, leaving thirteen dead and another twenty-one severely injured. And it was all broadcast over national tv for the nation to see. The second season of Confronting takes on one of the most prolific tragedies in American history: the Columbine High School massacre. It was a devastating example of how easily a place of learning, familiarity and peace can descend into a war zone of chaos in a moment, the teenagers present that day are now adults who bear the mental and physical scars of the carnage they lived through. Amy Over, a Columbine survivor who is still living with its aftermath and raising her own children in its shadow, confronts many of the realities, questions and myths that surround the massacre to this day. Amy, through her own experience and by speaking with survivors, investigators, classmates, reporters on the scene and other important voices, brings a first-person account of the physical, emotional and spiritual journey that comes along with confronting the worst day of her life.
British scandals change the course of history. They bring down governments, overthrow the rich, and cause the mighty to fall. And in the end, they’re all about power. Wondery presents: British Scandal, a new podcast hosted by Alice Levine & Matt Forde. The premiere season takes you into the sinister world of Russian politics and a killer scandal that shook all of Britain. When former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko is found dead by poisoning in London, it throws Britain -- and all of Europe -- into political controversy. But when the murderer is a rich and powerful foreign state, how far will the British government go?Listen to British Scandal at wondery.fm/BS_DrDeath.
A woman named Becki is lounging by the pool at the Fontainebleau Hotel when she decides to proposition a strapping pool attendant. Go on a date with her...and her husband. What begins as an unconventional proposition will soon throw them all into the international spotlight. And that’s because the couple is none other than Jerry Falwell Jr. and his wife Becki, two of the most powerful figures in Evangelical America. Wondery presents In God We Lust, hosted by Brooke Siffrin and Aricia Skidmore-Williams of Even the Rich. A story of an alluring sex scandal, power, money and a very public fall from grace. When word of their affair fell into the wrong hands it led to political extortion and a public outing that brought Jerry Falwell Jr.’s empire crashing down. Listen at wondery.fm/IGWL_DrDeath.
In this season of Dr. Death, we heard from people who went to Farid Fata for cancer treatment - but instead found pain and death. Laura speaks with Mike Hixenbaugh, a national investigative reporter for NBC News and host of the Wondery series Do No Harm about reporting Dr. Death and what happens when institutions we trust turn against us.Listen early and ad free by joining Wondery+ in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/drdeathSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Simplisafe - Visit Simplisafe.com/DOCTOR for a free security camera, plus a 60 day risk-free trial with any new system order.
Imagine you're working at a hospital and you notice something isn't right: what do you do? Season One and Two of Dr Death featured medical professionals who crossed the line. Laura Beil speaks with Dr. Danielle Ofri, author of “When We Do Harm: A Doctor Confronts Medical Error.”
The FBI arrests Farid Fata and shuts down his practice. At trial, he pleads guilty and is sentenced to many years in prison. In the end, the victims of Fata have to figure out - was justice done?Support us by supporting our sponsors!Simplisafe - Visit Simplisafe.com/DOCTOR for a free security camera, plus a 60 day risk-free trial with any new system order.
George continues investigating Dr. Fata’s practice. When he has enough evidence he contacts the Department of Justice and the FBI steps in. The FBI races against time to stop Dr. Fata from harming another patient.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Simplisafe - Visit Simplisafe.com/DOCTOR for a free security camera, plus a 60 day risk-free trial with any new system order.
Dr. Fata: King Midas | 2

Dr. Fata: King Midas | 2

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George Karadsheh, the office manager at Michigan Hematology Oncology, learns several members of staff are quitting. He digs around to find out why they’re leaving and is alarmed by what he hears.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Simplisafe - Visit Simplisafe.com/DOCTOR for a free security camera, plus a 60 day risk-free trial with any new system order.
Dr. Fata: Top Doc | 1

Dr. Fata: Top Doc | 1

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Patty Hester starts her care with Dr. Fata, but quickly realizes something is wrong. She’s not the only one.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Simplisafe - Visit Simplisafe.com/DOCTOR for a free security camera, plus a 60 day risk-free trial with any new system order.
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.”
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.
Update | 7

Update | 7

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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.Subscribe to Business Wars hereDr. 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.Listen ad free with Wondery+, including exclusive bonus episodes. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/drdeathSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Simplisafe - Visit simplisafe.com/doctor and start protecting your home today the right wayZip Recruiter - Try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at ziprecruiter.com/death Bombas - Save 20% by visiting bombas.com/death and entering the offer death in the checkout code spaceHelix Sleep - Get up to $125 off your mattress at helixsleep.com/death. Audible - Start a 30-day trial and get your first audiobook free by going to audible.com/death or by texting DEATH to500-500Brooklinen - Get $20 off AND free shipping by going to brooklinen.com and entering promo code death
Closure | 6

Closure | 6

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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.” Subscribe to Dr Death on Apple, Spotify, NPR One, Stitcher or sign up for email updates at wondery.com to stay up to date about future episodes.Please tell us what you think about our show and help us by answering a few questions at wondery.com/surveyHave a tip for us? Send us an email at tips@wondery.comListen ad free with Wondery+, including exclusive bonus episodes. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/drdeathSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Simplisafe - Visit simplisafe.com/doctor and start protecting your home today the right way
Free Fall | 5

Free Fall | 5

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Dr. Henderson and Dr. Kirby were screaming for anyone to listen who might help them get Dr. Duntsch to stop operating. Kirby wrote to the Texas Medical Board. He and Henderson went to the police. But no one was listening.Please tell us what you think about our show and help us by answering a few questions at wondery.com/surveyHave a burning question about Dr. Death? Host Laura Beil will be hosting an AMA on Reddit next Thursday, September 27th at 12pm CT / 1pm ET to discuss the making of the series and much more. To stay updated, follow us on Twitter. Subscribe to Dr Death on Apple, Spotify, NPR One, Stitcher or sign up for email updates at wondery.com to stay up to date about future episodes.Listen ad free with Wondery+, including exclusive bonus episodes. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/drdeathSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Simplisafe - Visit simplisafe.com/doctor and start protecting your home today the right way
Spineless | 4

Spineless | 4

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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.Please tell us what you think about our show and help us by answering a few questions at wondery.com/surveySubscribe to Dr Death on Apple, Spotify, NPR One, Stitcher or sign up for email updates at wondery.com to stay up to date about future episodes.Listen ad free with Wondery+, including exclusive bonus episodes. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/drdeathSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Simplisafe - Visit simplisafe.com/doctor and start protecting your home today the right way
Occam’s Razor | 3

Occam’s Razor | 3

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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?“Death Don’t Have No Mercy” performed by Delaney Davidson and Marlon Williams, courtesy of Rough Diamond Records.Please tell us what you think about our show and help us by answering a few questions at wondery.com/surveySubscribe to Dr Death on Apple, Spotify, NPR One, Stitcher or sign up for email updates at wondery.com to stay up to date about future episodes.Listen ad free with Wondery+, including exclusive bonus episodes. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/drdeathSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Simplisafe - Visit simplisafe.com/doctor and start protecting your home today the right way
Chris and Jerry | 2

Chris and Jerry | 2

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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.“Death Don’t Have No Mercy” performed by Delaney Davidson and Marlon Williams, courtesy of Rough Diamond Records.Please tell us what you think about our show and help us by answering a few questions at wondery.com/surveySubscribe to Dr Death on Apple, Spotify, NPR One, Stitcher or sign up for email updates at wondery.com to stay up to date about future episodes.Listen ad free with Wondery+, including exclusive bonus episodes. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/drdeathSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Simplisafe - Visit simplisafe.com/doctor and start protecting your home today the right way
Three Days In Dallas | 1

Three Days In Dallas | 1

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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.Please tell us what you think about our show and help us by answering a few questions at wondery.com/surveySubscribe to Dr Death on Apple, Spotify, NPR One, Stitcher or sign up for email updates at wondery.com to stay up to date about future episodes.Listen ad free with Wondery+, including exclusive bonus episodes. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/drdeathSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Simplisafe - Go to simplisafe.com/doctor and start protecting your home today
Introducing Dr. Death

Introducing Dr. Death

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Dr. Death premieres on September 4thListen ad free with Wondery+, including exclusive bonus episodes. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/drdeath
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Grunkle Hatter

it is sad they only use these channels for ADs now, I am considering unsubscribing to all Woundry Channels if all the content from now on will just be ADs

May 4th
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Grunkle Hatter

Pass on Downloading your AD please do not cross the channel feeds!

May 3rd
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Jeanne Lomas

Would have liked more background for season 2, similar to season 1. Talk to med school and residency/fellowship colleagues and supervisors. As cringeworthy as these stories are, even more interesting and scary to me is how these individuals get through years and years of training without any red flags coming up. Otherwise, great programming. keep them coming!

Apr 29th
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Grunkle Hatter

this is a AD packed with ADs you can skip downloading this one poeple!!

Apr 21st
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Grunkle Hatter

oh look a AD packed with more ADs

Mar 29th
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Account for Transactions

The niece that doesn't talk to the lady, because the lady encouraged and driver mom to the chemo appts.. WTF?!?! Maybe the niece should stop projecting her anger to the wrong person.

Mar 24th
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Grunkle Hatter

oh look a AD! Woundery why are you acting like a .50 whore??

Mar 17th
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Grunkle Hatter

Trash AD dont download

Feb 23rd
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Grunkle Hatter

ads packed with packs with ads please do not download

Feb 2nd
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Grunkle Hatter

this is a ad please do not download and help Woundery pad there numbers, thank you!

Jan 19th
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mari arana

What a fantastic supplemental episode. Eased a bit of my anxiety of doctors, especially after hearing the horrific story of Dr. Fara.

Jan 18th
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mari arana

This says Episode 7 but I'm not seeing an Episode 6.

Jan 18th
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Suzanne Hubbard Gerken

Both seasons of Dr Death are really fabulous and great examples of deep, investigative journalism. Thank you for your work. #TrueCrime #DrDeath

Jan 15th
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Pat Burns

Just to many commercials otherwise interesting story.

Jan 10th
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Grunkle Hatter

I hate unnecessary ads

Jan 6th
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Josh Bryan

I have really enjoyed these series of podcasts. I have a rather unique life experience involving 13 years of being a military instructor pilot, 8 years working in the operating room, and a decade of being a chronically ill patient. I have seen my fair share of doctors both personally and professionally. After my stint in the OR, I concluded that 85% of surgeons could not be recommended by me to family and friends. You just know when you see it done right. I will also say that medicine has a huge cultural problem with physicians. In my experience most physicians are ill-equipped to be considered leaders but yet are considered by default to be so once they get some credentials after their name. Surgeons are typically in their mid-thirties when they become attending physicians. They have little life experience and little leadership experience and much of it that was modeled to them was poor. Many would act like petulant children when they didn't get their way and there is very little honest critique of their work. During my time in aviation the culture let everyone learn from other's mistakes. The exact opposite is true in medicine, and the corporatization of medicine has made it even worse. During my time working in hospitals I saw very little true leadership from either the physicians or the corporate decision makers.

Dec 31st
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elva davis

if I'm paying for this podcast why so many ads?

Dec 24th
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Grunkle Hatter

DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS IS A AS PACKED WITH ADS please stop abusing the channels like this it make your netowrk look deperate and cheap

Dec 21st
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J.

they need to give this "doctor" the chair or firing squad.

Dec 14th
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J.

They need to jail him guy and give him the death penalty.

Dec 13th
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