Dr. Death

Dr. Death

Published by: Wondery

22 Episodes | First Released: Aug 22 '18 | 🇺🇸

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 is hosted by: Laura Beil
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Rosangela4509
Aug 20
Rating:   10
Dr Death is Riveting!

A true monster with access to surgery

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Smurffette1507
Aug 19
Rating:   10
Jaw dropping

I can’t count how many times my jaw hit the deck during this podcast. This man was a lunatic and it breaks my heart that they system failed so many people. This never should have happened. Too many balls were dropped. Dr. Duntsch should not be set free. His manipulative ways will get him back into surgery somehow.My condolences and thoughts go the family, patients and friends of those effected by his damaging ways.

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renob5551212
Aug 19
Rating:   8
Riveting, until the end

Really enjoyed this podcast, aside from episode 6 onward. The style changes, e.g. there’s an unnecessary tangent about how it’s unfair that pain and suffering judgments are limited to “only” $250k in Texas, along with some other ramblings. Some episodes have ads in the middle, rather than beginning or end. Without these shortcomings, it’d be a 5-star podcast.

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RubyMama7
Aug 18
Rating:   10
True crime fan heaven

So well done! Riveting! Def recommend!

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AcademicHustler
Aug 18
Rating:   10
Smh

This podcast blew me away. He was narcissistic, diabolical, and I know hell has a chair titled with his name. They presented this podcast very well.

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RoyalOyl
Aug 17
Rating:   10
The bar

This podcast unfortunately sets an impossibly high bar for all other true crime podcasts. It is simply the best!

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Fireball0718
Aug 17
Rating:   10
Long Road Trip Made Quicker

This podcast was my first. Outstanding content, very well written and voiced incredibly well. I highly recommend! An unbelievably sad story. I feel such compassion for this hack’s patients.

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honeyebb
Aug 17
Rating:   4
Great story

Great story. The narrator just wasn’t enjoyable. I wish they could’ve included audio from the trials and real recordings

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roadmapsandbackpacks
Aug 16
Rating:   10
Intriguing podcast

Worth a listen, interestingly laid out and a confrontational view on the American medical system.

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dea_openup
Aug 16
Rating:   10
What in the actual...?

The reactions I had listening to this podcast included yelling out loud in public, grunting in disgust, and pounding my fist on a table in disbelief. What a nightmarish situation for the victims. This is a new lesson: Research your doctors and make sure they’re not murderous frauds. This needs attention so much attention.

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dang0927
Aug 16
Rating:   10
Great story that needed to be told

Loved it. The details of the story and the way and voice telling of it was amazing.

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Queen H8
Aug 15
Rating:   6
Too many ads

The podcast is done really well, and I understand the need of announcing sponsors and making money, but the number of ads in this podcast is excessive. It feels like every 5 minutes they’re taking a break for ads and it’s too much. I listen to podcasts while at work and I’m not going to waste time fiddling to skip ads when I shouldn’t have to. It’s disappointing because they do such a good job of telling the story here and it kept me interested.

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Smexy beast 2.0
Aug 14
Rating:   10
Smexy beast

Was very smexy I am a smexy beast

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Digjazzalot
Aug 14
Rating:   10
Gripping

Great reporting. Difficult story to comprehend due to the damage this man did to others. The production value of Wondry’s podcasts are excellent, the narration, the sound work are really top notch.

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littlenij
Aug 14
Rating:   10
AMAZING

Podcast was so well done !!! Every episode left me wanting to listen to more! The voice of the podcast helps with the mysterious aspect of the story. I love that the voices of the doctors and people are the actual voices of those involved in the story

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Marlys' girl
Aug 13
Rating:   10
Dr Death

Excellent reporting! Great, if horrifying, story!

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Christopher Wood (Audio Abrasion)
Aug 13
Rating:   8
Shocking. Entertaining.

Really entertaining. Shocking. But, entertaining. My first (minor) criticism is that some of the information is leading the audience a bit.My wife and I have been in health care for a collective 39 years; she in the OR as a Scrub Tech. Not all of the medical information is exactly accurate and/or is intentionally vague for effect. Occam’s Razor principle is also not discussed accurately. An entire episode is dedicated to this principle. Again, overall very entertaining.

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uiqehgtareihbg
Aug 13
Rating:   10
Dr Death

Amazing!!!!!

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reviewbetty
Aug 12
Rating:   10
THE PERFECT PODCAST

I wish this was a never-ending series. So good!

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BKfr0mTX
Aug 12
Rating:   10
Could have been me

Excellent podcast about one of the most disturbing cases of our medical system failing its patients. I actually had spinal fusion in Dec 2012... in Dallas. I feel so blessed to have chosen the surgeon I did, because my outcome was very different from those whose stories are told here. I started seriously considering the surgery in early 2012 and had talked to many doctors over the years, but when it came to making the decision of choosing who was going to actually open my spine (and abdomen) some just didn't seem to have the best bedside manner. I live in the area where this doctor was practicing and I can only thank my lucky stars that I never encountered him. The fact that so many hospitals and institutions failed to report or revoke his rights to operate at their facilities, given the information they had, is absolutely sickening. Thank you for the great reporting and prayers to those who survived and are still figuring out how to put their lives back together.

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