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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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Introducing Dr. Death

Introducing Dr. Death

2018-08-2201:08:40294

Dr. Death premieres on September 4th
Three Days In Dallas | 1

Three Days In Dallas | 1

2018-09-0436:47764

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
Chris and Jerry | 2

Chris and Jerry | 2

2018-09-0443:03521

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.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 - Visit simplisafe.com/doctor and start protecting your home today the right way
Occam’s Razor | 3

Occam’s Razor | 3

2018-09-0744:46522

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.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 - Visit simplisafe.com/doctor and start protecting your home today the right way
Spineless | 4

Spineless | 4

2018-09-1141:13460

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.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 - Visit simplisafe.com/doctor and start protecting your home today the right way
Free Fall | 5

Free Fall | 5

2018-09-1844:09453

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.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 - Visit simplisafe.com/doctor and start protecting your home today the right way
Closure | 6

Closure | 6

2018-09-2541:25449

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.comSupport 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 - Visit simplisafe.com/doctor and start protecting your home today the right way
Update | 7

Update | 7

2018-10-0227:32247

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.Support 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
Dr. Death Goes Global

Dr. Death Goes Global

2019-08-1517:2826

Subscribe today at the links below:Germanhttp://wondery.fm/drtodFrenchhttp://wondery.fm/drlamortLatin American Spanishhttp://wondery.fm/drmuertePortuguesehttp://wondery.fm/drmorte Castilian Spanishhttp://wondery.fm/drmuertesp Koreanhttp://wondery.fm/drdeathkorMandarinhttp://wondery.fm/drdeathchi
It's February 2nd 1922, and all of Hollywood is about to wake up and learn that William Desmond Taylor, the most famous film director in town, was murdered in his home last night. The investigation will shine a light on some of Hollywood's most scandalous affairs, backroom deals, and underground drug dens. This real life Murder Mystery is one of the most iconic "whodunnit" cases of the 20th century that will leave you guessing and second guessing who killed William Desmond Taylor for weeks to come. Co-hosted by Tracy Pattin & James RemarListen to Murder in Hollywoodland: wondery.fm/drdeathMiH.
When we face challenges in life, we seek answers from people we believe can help us. When tragedy strikes an exclusive retreat with a self-help superstar, many people are left to wonder: how far is too far? James Arthur Ray was an Oprah-endorsed self-help teacher who achieved fame, fortune, and influence. But friends and family members of his followers questioned his unorthodox methods, and tried to stop him. From Wondery, the makers of “Dirty John,” “Dr. Death,” and “The Shrink Next Door,” comes a story about the dark side of enlightenment. Hosted by journalist Matt Stroud.Listen today at wondery.fm/drdeath_guru.
Comments (369)

Vanessa Kirby

This is disgusting

May 20th
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Grunkle Hatter

I work 3td shift and this made me fall asleep so it's a hard pass

Apr 15th
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Corrine Ramsey

Love this series!

Mar 23rd
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graciela alva

soooo soooo many ads!!!!

Mar 23rd
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Monique Melanson

really enjoyed this podcast thank you:)

Mar 14th
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Carol Randal

I've never felt so uncomfortable and squeamish listening as I did hearing this. I have a question. Were other neurosurgeons called to give opinions about his methods and incompetence? Still gives me the chills and I shed tears for his victims.

Mar 6th
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Linda Sue

This was difficult to hear, and my heart goes out to all victims and their families. I am a DEA Compliance Investigator, and my area of investigations are prescribers and pharmacies. I am blown away by what I read as the medical boards do too little, too late. They are many years behind investigating each complaint, so a practitioner who appears high or drunk, making mistakes, etc probly won't go before the board for 3, 4, even 6 yrs after the complaint is filed. I would love it if this talented group of investigating journalists would look into the CA and FL medical boards to start with. No one is holding their feet to the fire! Pedophiles that did time in prison come out and resume their practice treating children. I urge everyone to research your Drs in every way possible. What I mean by that is in CA you won't find pedophile or sex offensives in the medical board hearings. No, you have to research sex offenders, cuz the medical board protects the offenders information!!!!! Also they can loose their license in one state, move to another state and practice again. I have pondered writing a book about my findings and naming names. Thank you for getting these truths out in an amazing, well written, well researched podcast.

Feb 5th
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Paula Huson

I'm curious about the nurses and other people that were in the OR. Why didn't they say anything, were they questioned, were there different people everytime? It blows my mind that they would just stand by and let it happen.

Jan 31st
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Flash

2 introductions, yet no real episodes in well over a year. Let's go!

Jan 14th
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bestdulce13

As an RN this disgust me. We get pts from surgery n it anything happens to pt in r care we also go in front of board and have to answer to r part in pt's care. I've questioned MANY DOCTORS and most r totally cool with just reviewing the "why" on their orders w/o reluctance EXCEPT SURGEONS, SURGEONS ARE GOD COMPLEX JERKS.

Jan 11th
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Rosie Palacios

Amazing. Finish the whole thing in one day...I couldn’t stop listening

Dec 31st
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Thelma Smith

No teasers , episodes .

Dec 13th
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Jack greenz

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Dec 3rd
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Ghada _Pediatrician

woww

Dec 1st
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Janie Garza

5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 I am infuriated and appalled at this doctor's disregard for his patients. it's like a commercial "Just ok is not ok". listened to The Epstein and Bad batch podcasts and they are amazeballs. thanks Wondery.

Nov 29th
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Linda Sue

This podcast was put together brilliantly, with hard facts about a dark secret most know nothing about. I worked for a large, world renowned Neurosurgical group in AZ. when I inquired why the employees were not drug tested I was told by HR that the doctors are also employees and would have to be tested, and they refused. This should be mandatory for anyone in healthcare. I now work as a DEA COMPLIANCE INVESTIGATOR and my job is to investigate doctors and pharmacists. I had no idea a doctor could be arrested, put in prison for molesting and or raping children, get out and return to a job treating children! CA and FL are the worst states for covering up medical crimes. You won't find out if your doctor is a pedophile on the medical board sites. you have to look that up separate! WTF? Thank you for an extraordinary story to open our eyes.

Nov 14th
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Brittany Storms

Baylor wrote a statement that Patient Care and Trustworthy Care is their top priority and that is why they can't talk about Dr. Duntsch... how about transparency? If you want your patients to trust you, be honest with them. "We screwed up. We didn't manage this surgeon or his wake of disaster." Your credibility would increase more than silent ambiguity.

Nov 12th
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Nicole Heath

A coworker told me about this podcast. I really enjoy murder mystery crimes. usually one that make you wonder if the one convicted committed the crime, but this got my attention quick. Hard to hear the doctors name, but that is Google is for!!

Nov 7th
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Britney Lee Elizabeth Smith

Good lord. Glad I live in Canada 🇨🇦

Nov 7th
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Rosa Williams

Why has no one gone after the school he "graduated" from? He should have never had a license to practice surgery in the first place.

Nov 5th
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