Dr. Death

Serials Dr. Death

: Dr. Death Website

: Podcast

: 9 episodes

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.


Breaking News | 10

Breaking News | 10

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: Dec 11th, 2018

The judges reviewing Christopher Duntsch’s appeal have reached a verdict. On the day of the decision, Laura Beil goes to the Dallas District Attorney’s office to speak with prosecutors Michelle Shugart and Jaclyn Lambert about the judges' decision.To read Laura Beil’s article about the ruling, and a copy, go to Wondery.com/DrDeath.
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“One Great Man”  | 9

“One Great Man” | 9

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: Nov 13th, 2018

You may remember the woman in the infomercial about Dr. Duntsch who admiringly calls him “one great man” and claims “he’ll fix you.” Laura Beil wasn’t able to get in touch with her when she first reported the series. She guessed that the woman must have been a paid actress, or perhaps even the rare patient who had a good result with Dr. Duntsch. But then the woman in the video reached out after hearing her voice in ”Dr. Death.” And the real story turned out to be much stranger. In this special episode, we also hear from a juror who helped deliver the verdict in the trial of Christopher Duntsch. Looking for the best sheets, ever? Get $20 off AND free shipping on your order by going to brooklinen.com and entering promo code death at checkout. Or maybe you're looking for plush towels? A new throw blanket? Yeah, they have that too.
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Update | 7

Update | 7

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: Oct 2nd, 2018

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 is presented by Bad Times at the El Royale, in theaters October 12.Check out the trailer at elroyalemovie.comOther sponsors include: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
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Closure | 6

Closure | 6

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: Sep 25th, 2018

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.com Dr. Death is presented by Bad Times at the El Royale, in theaters October 12.Check out the trailer at elroyalemovie.comOther sponsors include:Zip Recruiter - Try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at ziprecruiter.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 500-500Bombas - Save 20% by visiting bombas.com/death and entering the offer death in the checkout code space
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Free Fall | 5

Free Fall | 5

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: Sep 18th, 2018

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. Dr. Death is presented by Bad Times at the El Royale, in theaters October 12.Check out the trailer at elroyalemovie.comThe new Wondery podcast American Scandal is out now. Subscribe and listen to American Scandal today: Wondery.fm/scandalOther sponsors include:Zip Recruiter - Try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at ziprecruiter.com/death Brooklinen - Get $20 off AND free shipping by going to brooklinen.com and entering promo code deathHelix Sleep - Get up to $125 off your mattress at helixsleep.com/death
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Spineless | 4

Spineless | 4

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: Sep 11th, 2018

If a doctor is fired from a hospital, you have to do two things: the first, is to report them to the state medical board. Baylor-Plano did not do that to Dr. Duntsch. They also did not do the second, which is report him to the National Practitioner Data Bank. This is how hospitals keep up doctor’s records - and prevent them from sneaking from hospital to hospital. Either one of these things could have slowed Duntsch’s path of destruction - if either had happened at all.Dr. Death is presented by Bad Times at the El Royale, in theaters October 12.Check out the trailer at elroyalemovie.comOther sponsors include: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 space
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Occam’s Razor | 3

Occam’s Razor | 3

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: Sep 7th, 2018

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.Dr. Death is presented by Bad Times at the El Royale, in theaters October 12. Check out the trailer at elroyalemovie.comOther sponsors include:Zip Recruiter - Try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at ziprecruiter.com/death Helix Sleep - Get up to $125 off your mattress at helixsleep.com/death. 
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Chris and Jerry | 2

Chris and Jerry | 2

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: Sep 4th, 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.Dr. Death is presented by The Bad Times at the El Royale.Check out the trailer HEREOther sponsors include:Zip Recruiter - Try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at ziprecruiter.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 death
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Three Days In Dallas | 1

Three Days In Dallas | 1

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: Sep 4th, 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?Dr. Death is presented by The Bad Times at the El Royale.Check out the trailer HEREOther sponsors include: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. 
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