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  • Listen to Dr Death Season 3 exclusively by subscribing to Wondery+. Start your free trial at wonderyplus.com 


    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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  • Aug 22 2018

    Dr. Death premieres on September 4th

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    2 mins
  • Sep 4 2018

    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.

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    34 mins
  • Sep 4 2018

    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.

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    38 mins

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A sad strange tale, almost too strange to be true.

The folks at Wondery did their research for this series. The interviews are well done and it's a compelling depiction of how one surgeon, and the system that enabled him, destroyed lives. The production has good quality audio and enjoyable narration. If you like this season, I also recommend Season two of Dr. Death.

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Mind blowing!!

This story is so very scary. Just to think there are doctors out there who can get away with murder. I have been fascinated with this entire podcast. The interviews are outstanding. Her voice is extremely pleasant and she has wonderful enunciation. I am so impressed by the research and information provided!!

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you did amazing

love this so much Laura. you did a amazing job on this story. you have brought so much light to how much doctors get by with. thank you

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A Difficult Listen

The story of ‘Dr. Death’ was shocking and maddening and tragic. It left me with a sick feeling. But at least better informed about the medical system and how doctors are (or aren’t) monitored for safety and quality. The story was very well documented and easy to follow. Lots of segments in the podcasts of the various people involved telling their own story in their own voice. It added so much to the story and helped tie it all together so well. Morbidly fascinating. Compelling.

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TRUTH

As an RN, this story about negligent administrators who cater to the money making physicians while ignoring blatant indiscretions confirms that this is an epidemic among our united states healthcare system. I wish I could say I was surprised by the way this played out. I am not.

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Interesting & Informative

I'll always enjoy listening to a story that can hold my attention. It's also a story that more people need to be made aware of so those that did wrong can be held accountable.

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Would listen again!!

Well written and well told. Thoroughly enjoyed! Great attention to detail. Perfect for True Crime Junkies.

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Even better than the TV Series

Best podcast I have ever listened to, and I came about it purely by chance. Have listened three times to it in it’s entirety and it never fails to amaze me. Has my highest recommendation.

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Binge worthy and chilling

Wow! Amazing story; unbelievable
As an aspiring anesthesiologist, this is just shocking! I hope to a part of a better system than what was described here

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this story was gripping

loved it! couldn't stop listening.
so informative on corruption we wouldn't know otherwise exsist here