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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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Three Days In Dallas | 1
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.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Zip 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 to 500-500Brooklinen - Get $20 off AND free shipping by going to brooklinen.com and entering promo code deathSimplisafe - Go to simplisafe.com/doctor and start protecting your home today

Three Days In Dallas | 1

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jason parde

This is such a good podcast. Very horrific story that needs to be made into a movie!

Apr 18th
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Susan Schatte-Horne

As a retired Post Anesthesia Care Room ( recovery after surgery) nurse and a Texan living just north of Dallas, I have a couple of things: 1. I am mortified that these hospitals "passed the buck" leaving him free to injure/kill other patients, and 2. I want to reiterate that anyone needing surgery ask a nurse which surgeon they would choose for themselves or their family members for that type of surgery. They know. Also, I have an issue about his residency/fellowship program(s). Did they know about his incompetency? Did they just pass him through? I can't imagine that he suddenly became incompetent when he finished those programs. Did the cover-up, pass the buck activity start there? is that part of covering for Drs? Do these programs share culpability for his malpractice? Are these systems as problematic as the hospitals that "kicked the can" down the road? I would like to see more in depth investigation into this area.

Apr 13th
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Erica Strand

This is maybe the best true crime series out there. I wish I could say it was the research or the story telling, but I think it’s the crime. This stuff is literally stomach churning and not because it’s graphic. It’s just terrifying. This guy’s psychology is one in billions. I’ve never seen anything like it and probably never will. It’s like he’s been taken over with some sort of parasite that requires florid medical malfeasance to survive.

Apr 12th
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Tina Tova

Ahh Texas! I got screwed myself by medical care in Tyler! A spine hospital that herds people in like cattle ! Charles R. Gordon MD made up a fake procedure and nothing was fixed but I was charged for a microdiscectomy! His PR lady "Facebook page monitor" actually called me because I left a bad review and tried to expose him on social media,only to be told "Don't you EVER post negative feedback about Dr Gordon! I attempted to go the legal recourse on this one , only to be told it'll never happen in Texas!

Apr 7th
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Morgan Scott, Jr

Major Complications Yeah Death seems like a Major Complication

Mar 29th
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Morgan Scott, Jr

This shit is wild.

Mar 29th
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Chris Tyler

this the first podcast that i listened to a second time because it is such an incredible story.

Mar 26th
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No Comment

The failures of the system in Texas and Dr Deaths residency IMHO border on criminal. Each and every system that could of did something and didn't are culpable for the injuries caused. The residency program holds the most culpability because they passed him along. Less than 100 surgeries total. From what I understand that total is combined from residency throughout his private practice. This in an of its self is absolutely undeniably the single most aggregiss thing I have ever heard of.

Mar 24th
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Dave O'Doherty

I wonder if any new episodes will appear here or am I just being strung along so they can advertise new crap...

Mar 21st
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Mike Wang

OMG!They should be imprisoned.

Mar 19th
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Joe

Just way to many interruptions and commercials.

Mar 19th
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Ati Otieno

This was sooooo good! Intense but really really well done!

Mar 13th
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Taylor Vernon

Not sure why, but wasn't a fan of this series

Mar 13th
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Kawaii Biscuit Boi

OMG I GOT A COMMERCIAL FOR BACK PAIN XD

Mar 13th
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Tonya Free

Columbus Ohio....Mount Carmel west....doctor has been KILLING patience by overdosing!!!

Mar 6th
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Yvette Bunch

Excellent. It makes my job more meaningful, as I work in Quality at a hospital. We use Six- Sigma- Lean methodology to drill down to quality inidcators that are fed into a physician profile. That aids administration to make decisions as to whether a doctor gets privileges with us. We often do tracers and show up in surgery. Many times the surgeon doesn't notice we have slipped in. There are several things we look.for. In my opinion if a physician doesn't use standards outlined by their Society, the AABB, Joint Commission, the doctor should be removed. Example: many commercial airlines require written, oral, simulator and actual fly testing on a yearly basis in the US. (not the joke cme-that even I can pass as an EMT)).They do not allow pilots to break their rules. They do not follow rules, they get a warning. Persist in bad behavior, you are pulled back out for testing, oral, written, simulator and check ride. They fail, they are fired. They go back flying and persist in the bad behavior, they are fired There is built in the system high accountability, such as cockpit recording. CRM helped drive safety. This needs to be taught and adoptef in hospitals. Aviation is at six sigma. Hospitals are at two to three. Medical errors is the third leading cause of death. The medical literature estimates 60-70 percent of blood transfusion is unnecessary. Blood covers a multitude of sins! The public needs to step up to the plate and push their legislative branches to add levels of protection. A central database like the FBI controls needs to be set up for healthcare providers. This will catch bad doctors escaping responsibility by moving state to state. Read"Why hospitals should fly"

Mar 4th
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Andrew J Cipriano

I live in Dallas Texas my mom had a spinal surgery done around the time this man was performing luckily not by him however when they talk about Baylor plano they don't mention that that's a very underfunded hospital at least now days fining that hospital could very well make a bed situation worse

Mar 3rd
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Shannon Shilling Dorris

As a surgical technologist I am freaked out about this story. I thoroughly enjoy spine and as I listened to the patients injured by him it brought tears to my eyes. How awful, what a piece of crap.

Feb 27th
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Glenn Swift

I've been really impressed with the Wondery Podcasts. High production values, editing, sound design and sound mixing - for me that sets them apart. Better than a lot of the paid content on audible. Dr Death is a fascinating case and you can see how other producers might have been tempted to try get about 10 episodes out of it and drag it out. But this was driven story telling that zips along in its six episodes.

Feb 25th
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Samantha Elizabeth

Amazing. Terrifying. Eye opening. sadly not surprising. Thank you for this.

Feb 22nd
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