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Dr. Death

Wondery

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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Interview | 8

Oct 9th28:14

This series has generated a lot of questions and comments from listeners for host and reporter Laura Beil. In this special interview episode, Laura talks with David Brown (from the podcast “Business Wars”) about a number of topics that have intrigued listeners, like how Duntsch could have performed less than a hundred surgeries during his medical training. She addresses speculation that Duntsch may have suffered traumatic brain injury from playing football in high school. And she teases the real story behind the “patient” featured in that Best Docs infomercial. Dr. Death is presented by Bad Times at the El Royale, in theaters October 12. Check out the trailer at elroyalemovie.com Other 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 Helix 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 to500-500 Brooklinen - Get $20 off AND free shipping by going to brooklinen.com and entering promo code death Simplisafe - Visit simplisafe.com/doctor and start protecting your home today the right way

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Update | 7

Oct 2nd28:23

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 here Dr. 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. Dr. Death is presented by Bad Times at the El Royale, in theaters October 12. Check out the trailer at elroyalemovie.com Other sponsors include: Simplisafe - Visit simplisafe.com/doctor and start protecting your home today the right way 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 Helix 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 to500-500 Brooklinen - Get $20 off AND free shipping by going to brooklinen.com and entering promo code death

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Closure | 6

Sep 25th44:03

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/survey Have 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.com Other 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 500-500 Bombas - Save 20% by visiting bombas.com/death and entering the offer death in the checkout code space

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Free Fall | 5

Sep 18th46:42

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/survey Have 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.com The new Wondery podcast American Scandal is out now. Subscribe and listen to American Scandal today: Wondery.fm/scandal Other 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 death Helix Sleep - Get up to $125 off your mattress at helixsleep.com/death

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Spineless | 4

Sep 11th42:24

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/survey Dr. Death is presented by Bad Times at the El Royale, in theaters October 12. Check out the trailer at elroyalemovie.com Other 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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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.com Other 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 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. Dr. Death is presented by Bad Times at the El Royale, in theaters October 12. Check out the trailer at elroyalemovie.com Other 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 500-500 Brooklinen - Get $20 off AND free shipping by going to brooklinen.com and entering promo code death

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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. Dr. Death is presented by Bad Times at the El Royale, in theaters October 12. Check out the trailer at elroyalemovie.com Other 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 Helix Sleep - Get up to $125 off your mattress at helixsleep.com/death.

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Dr. Death premieres on September 4th

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