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Dr. Death

48 episodes - English - Latest episode: 6 days ago - ★★★★★ - 83.1K ratings

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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Episodes

Wondery Presents: Against The Odds

February 23, 2021 09:00 - 6 minutes - 6.35 MB

In July 2018, 12 youth soccer players and their coach found themselves trapped 6 miles deep in a cave with no food or water and depleting oxygen. The rock formed maze became almost completely submerged as the water rose to levels nearly impossible for survival. There was no light and no way to communicate with the outside world. The first season of Wondery’s new original series Against the Odds takes you into the incredible events of when an adventurous group of teens found themselv...

Wondery Presents The Vanished

February 02, 2021 09:00 - 6 minutes - 5.99 MB

In The Vanished podcast from Wondery, Host Marissa Jones explores the stories of those who have gone missing, going beyond conventional news reports to take a deep dive into the story of a different missing person each week. In one of the latest episodes, you’ll learn about the disappearance of Echo Lloyd. The last time her daughter Kelsey ever spoke to her was the day before Mother’s Day. She promised she’d be by the next day with flowers and a card. But when she got there, Echo an...

Wondery Presents: The Apology Line

January 19, 2021 09:30 - 6 minutes - 6.29 MB

If you could call a number and say you’re sorry, and no one would know…what would you apologize for? For fifteen years, you could call a number in Manhattan and do just that. This is the story of the line, and the man at the other end who became consumed by his own creation. He was known as “Mr. Apology.” As thousands of callers flooded the line, confessing to everything from shoplifting to infidelity, drug dealing to murder, Mr. Apology realized he couldn’t just listen. He had to d...

Dr. Fata: Reporting Dr. Death | 6

January 13, 2021 08:05 - 34 minutes - 31.2 MB

In this season of Dr. Death, we heard from people who went to Farid Fata for cancer treatment - but instead found pain and death. Laura speaks with Mike Hixenbaugh, a national investigative reporter for NBC News and host of the Wondery series Do No Harm about reporting Dr. Death and what happens when institutions we trust turn against us. Listen early and ad free by joining Wondery+ in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/drdeath Support us by supporting our sponsors! Simpli...

Dr. Fata: Reporting Dr. Death | 7

January 13, 2021 08:05 - 34 minutes - 31.2 MB

In this season of Dr. Death, we heard from people who went to Farid Fata for cancer treatment - but instead found pain and death. Laura speaks with Mike Hixenbaugh, a national investigative reporter for NBC News and host of the Wondery series Do No Harm about reporting Dr. Death and what happens when institutions we trust turn against us. Listen early and ad free by joining Wondery+ in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/drdeath Support us by supporting our sponsors! Simpli...

Wondery Presents Even the Rich: Paris Hilton

January 05, 2021 09:00 - 6 minutes - 6.28 MB

The latest season of Wondery’s Even The Rich profiles the one and only Paris Hilton. The unconventional heiress who carved out an American Dynasty that eclipses even her own famous family.  From a young age Paris knew she was different. Whether her family approved or not, she was going to do whatever it took to carve out her own place in pop culture. And when a sex-tape exposed her in a vulnerable moment, she used it to catapult herself into the cultural zeitgeist, where she sits c...

Dr. Fata: How To Spot a Dr. Death | 5

December 30, 2020 08:30 - 45 minutes - 41.3 MB

Imagine you're working at a hospital and you notice something isn't right: what do you do? Season One and Two of Dr Death featured medical professionals who crossed the line. Laura Beil speaks with Dr. Danielle Ofri, author of “When We Do Harm: A Doctor Confronts Medical Error.”

Dr Fata: Seeing Yellow | 4

December 23, 2020 08:30 - 44 minutes - 41 MB

The FBI arrests Farid Fata and shuts down his practice. At trial, he pleads guilty and is sentenced to many years in prison. In the end, the victims of Fata have to figure out - was justice done? Support us by supporting our sponsors! Simplisafe - Visit Simplisafe.com/DOCTOR for a free security camera, plus a 60 day risk-free trial with any new system order.

Keith Morrison reads Dr. Seuss’ “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”

December 21, 2020 09:30 - 9 minutes - 9.09 MB

Want more from holiday cheer from Keith Morrison? Subscribe to the Dateline NBC podcast and listen to full Dateline episodes anytime you want. Subscribe here: https://link.chtbl.com/dateline_grinch Every year Random House Children's Books celebrates the Dr. Seuss classic by encouraging young readers and their families to “Grown their hearts three sizes” by doing good deeds throughout the holidays. Follow #grinchgooddeeds and share your good deed! Watch the video here: https://www.y...

Dr. Fata: Living with this Hell | 3

December 16, 2020 08:30 - 39 minutes - 35.7 MB

George continues investigating Dr. Fata’s practice. When he has enough evidence he contacts the Department of Justice and the FBI steps in. The FBI races against time to stop Dr. Fata from harming another patient. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Simplisafe - Visit Simplisafe.com/DOCTOR for a free security camera, plus a 60 day risk-free trial with any new system order.

Wondery presents Catfish: The Podcast

December 09, 2020 09:30 - 4 minutes - 3.69 MB

From MTV and Wondery, “Catfish: The Podcast” brings you the most shocking episodes of the hit series, adapted for your ears for the very first time. Hosted by Nev Schulman. You finally find the person of your dreams, but there’s just one problem: you haven’t yet met them in real life. When you start to suspect something isn’t quite right, you need someone to help you find out the truth. That’s where “Catfish: The Podcast” comes in. A “Catfish” is someone who creates a false online...

Dr. Fata: King Midas | 2

December 09, 2020 08:30 - 32 minutes - 29.4 MB

George Karadsheh, the office manager at Michigan Hematology Oncology, learns several members of staff are quitting. He digs around to find out why they’re leaving and is alarmed by what he hears. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Simplisafe - Visit Simplisafe.com/DOCTOR for a free security camera, plus a 60 day risk-free trial with any new system order.

Dr. Fata: Top Doc | 1

December 02, 2020 08:30 - 40 minutes - 36.8 MB

Patty Hester starts her care with Dr. Fata, but quickly realizes something is wrong. She’s not the only one. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Simplisafe - Visit Simplisafe.com/DOCTOR for a free security camera, plus a 60 day risk-free trial with any new system order.

Introducing: Dr. Death Season 2

November 30, 2020 08:00 - 2 minutes - 1.89 MB

If someone you love is diagnosed with cancer you want them to get the best treatment from the best doctors. In 2013, patients in Michigan thought Farid Fata was that doctor. Between his prestigious education, years of experience and pleasant bedside manner, Fata was everything you could want in a doctor. But he was not who he appeared to be. From Wondery, this is the story of hundreds of patients in Michigan, a doctor, and a poisonous secret.   Laura Beil, returns with a second se...

Wondery presents Jacked: Rise of the New Jack Sound

November 25, 2020 09:00 - 4 minutes - 4.57 MB

Subscribe today: http://wondery.fm/Jacked_Wondery Hosted by Golden Globe winner Taraji P. Henson.  Have you ever had a dream? Something you wanted so bad you just couldn’t let it go? For a group of kids in Harlem in the Eighties, their dreams would change pop music forever. Teddy Riley, Timmy Gatling, and Aaron Hall form a group called Guy that would fuse hip-hop and R&B and launch a new sound. By the early Nineties, the New Jack Sound dominated the pop music charts: Bell Biv DeVo...

An Update: Love and Loyalty | 11

November 24, 2020 08:00 - 38 minutes - 35.3 MB

In this special follow-up episode to the first season of Dr Death, Laura Beil revisits the  story of Christopher Duntsch’s best friend. When Jerry Summers needed surgery, he turned to his best friend. But the two buddies ended up living two very different realities. And after becoming paralyzed as a result of his botched surgery, Jerry is finally ready to open about what he went through, who he blames, and what he wants to say to Chris now. If you haven’t already, listen to the firs...

Wondery presents Do No Harm

November 10, 2020 09:00 - 4 minutes - 4.1 MB

Subscribe today: http://wondery.fm/Do_No_Harm From Wondery, the makers of Dr. Death and Dirty John, and NBC News, the team behind Dateline and The Thing About Pam - Do No Harm.  Melissa Bright thinks she's living every parent's worst nightmare when her five-month-old baby tumbles from a lawn chair and hits his head on the driveway. But after she rushes him to the hospital, a new nightmare begins.The Brights are thrust into a medical and legal system so focused on protecting childr...

Wondery Presents: Dr. Death Season 2

October 27, 2020 06:30 - 4 minutes - 4.29 MB

If someone you love is diagnosed with cancer you want them to get the best treatment from the best doctors. In 2013, patients in Michigan thought Farid Fata was that doctor. Between his prestigious education, years of experience and pleasant bedside manner, Fata was everything you could want in a doctor. But he was not who he appeared to be. From Wondery, this is the story of hundreds of patients in Michigan, a doctor, and a poisonous secret. Laura Beil, returns with a second seaso...

Wondery Presents: Bunga Bunga

September 08, 2020 08:30 - 5 minutes - 5.41 MB

Silvio Berlusconi was a charismatic multi-millionaire real-estate mogul who upended the Italian political order and hypnotized an entire nation. He was the longest-serving prime minister of one of the world’s wealthiest countries, until he was brought down by three powerful women - and two words: “Bunga Bunga.” From Wondery, the makers of Dirty John and The Shrink Next Door, and hosted by comedian Whitney Cummings, “Bunga Bunga” is an eight part series on the incredible true story o...

Wondery Presents: Billionaire Boys Club

August 18, 2020 08:30 - 5 minutes - 5.15 MB

In 1980s Los Angeles, a group of prep school boys got together to make investments together, get rich quick, and live large. But headed by a handsome and charismatic leader named Joe Hunt, the members of the self-proclaimed “Billionaire Boys Club” get sucked deeper into twisted schemes of kidnapping, torture, and revenge. The boys must stick together, or risk prison - or worse. From the makers of The Wonderland Murders, Young Charlie, and The Dating Game Killer, this six-part series...

Wondery Presents Blood Ties Season 2

July 15, 2020 08:30 - 12 minutes - 11.1 MB

Blood Ties Season 2 is out now! Blood Ties is a scripted audio drama starring Gillian Jacobs, Josh Gad, Dominic Monaghan, Amy Landecker, and Wayne Knight.   After the sudden death of Michael and Eleonore Richland’s billionaire father, disturbing allegations emerge about his dark past. These revelations thrust them into a fight they’re completely unprepared for. As the stakes of telling the truth continue to rise, they grapple with their father’s legacy and what to do with it.  Li...

Introducing Guru: The Dark Side of Enlightenment

July 01, 2020 08:30 - 6 minutes - 5.7 MB

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 Nex...

Wondery Presents: Murder in Hollywoodland

June 17, 2020 08:30 - 4 minutes - 4.26 MB

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 fo...

Introducing Hope in Darkness

May 27, 2020 08:30 - 9 minutes - 8.91 MB

Hope in Darkness is a 12-part series about the unjust imprisonment of a U.S. citizen and his wife in Venezuela. Host Becky Bruce follows Josh and Thamy Holt through the true story of how they met online, to how they were abducted days after marrying, through their years-long detention in a notorious Venezuelan prison. From team that brought you the hit podcast Cold comes a story that you have to hear to believe. Listen now: wondery.fm/hopeindarknessDD.

Introducing Motive for Murder

May 07, 2020 11:00 - 4 minutes - 3.82 MB

Motive for Murder is a new podcast from Dateline NBC. Two murders, months apart, in Houston. The young victims knew each other, but did they also know their elusive killer? Dateline’s Josh Mankiewicz takes you inside one of the most twisted and confounding cases he’s ever covered. From the team who brought you the #1 podcast The Thing About Pam comes the chilling story of the race to find the killer by unmasking the motive. Subscribe to Motive for Murder now: https://link.chtbl.com...

Wondery Presents: American Scandal

April 22, 2020 08:30 - 5 minutes - 5.18 MB

Join Lindsay Graham, the host of Wondery’s show American Scandal as he dives deep into the heart of the most shocking moments of fraud and deception in American history. In this six-part series “The Hare Krishna Murders” he explores an eastern religion with pure intentions that, in the hands of its western followers, became a criminal enterprise of drug running, molestation and murder. Listen to the full episode: wondery.fm/drdeathAS.

Wondery Presents: Business Wars - Starbucks VS Dunkin'

April 06, 2020 08:30 - 5 minutes - 5.18 MB

Business Wars digs deep into some of the greatest corporate rivalries of all time. Think Facebook VS Snapchat or Nike VS Adidas. On each episode we give you an inside look at what inspired entrepreneurs to take risks that drove their companies to new heights --  or into the ground. In this season “Starbucks VS Dunkin,” they follow these two java giants in a war that started brewing in the 1950s and is now hotter than ever.  Coffee is a 100 billion dollar plus global industry with t...

Introducing Even the Rich

March 18, 2020 07:30 - 8 minutes - 8.12 MB

Sometimes we all think our lives are crazy. But on Wondery’s new series, co-hosts Brooke Siffrinn and Aricia Skidmore-Williams pull back the curtain and dish on someone else’s craziness for a change. Brooke and Aricia will tell the stories of some of the greatest family dynasties in history, from the Murdochs to the Carters (Jay-Z and Beyoncé, that is). Because as none other than Queen Elizabeth once said, “A good gossip is a wonderful tonic." Listen today: wondery.fm/drdeathETR ...

Introducing The Dating Game Killer

March 05, 2020 09:30 - 8 minutes - 7.9 MB

In 1978, Rodney Alcala won a date on the popular TV show, The Dating Game. What no one knew was that he was a prolific serial killer in the middle of a cross-country murder spree. In this six-part series, co-hosts Tracy Pattin (Hollywood & Crime) and Stephen Lang (Avatar, Don’t Breathe) take listeners on an unbelievable journey into Alcala’s twisting secret life. He hid behind normal jobs as a typesetter at a prominent newspaper and a summer camp counselor. How did this predatory mo...

Introducing Cold

December 13, 2019 09:30 - 6 minutes - 6 MB

Susan Powell vanished on Dec. 7, 2009. Her body has never been found. From the beginning, West Valley City, Utah police suspected Susan's husband, Josh Powell, had murdered her. They never arrested him. COLD dives deep into the case files, uncovering never-before-heard details. You'll learn why Susan stayed with an abusive husband, why Josh did what he did and how the justice system failed Susan and her two boys. Listen now at wondery.fm/ColdDr.Death

Introducing Detective Trapp

November 19, 2019 10:30 - 8 minutes - 8 MB

Anaheim investigator Julissa Trapp is not like other detectives. She’s the only woman on the homicide squad, and a skilled chameleon: undercover cop in vice stings, crime-scene commander, patient confidante of killers. A master interrogator, she invokes her personal experience – and deepest griefs – as a tool to elicit confessions. When a young woman’s body is found at a trash-sorting plant, Trapp learns the murder may be linked to the disappearance of three other women in nearby Sa...

Introducing Hunting Warhead

November 05, 2019 10:00 - 4 minutes - 3.71 MB

A new investigative series from CBC Podcasts and the Norwegian newspaper VG. Hunting Warhead follows an international team of police officers as they attempt to track down the people behind a massive child-abuse site on the dark web. Listen at cbc.ca/huntingwarhead

From the Creators of Dr. Death: Bad Batch with Laura Beil

October 23, 2019 09:00 - 5 minutes - 5.23 MB

In Wondery's new series Bad Batch, host Laura Beil of Dr. Death investigates the multi-billion dollar underregulated industry of stem cell therapy where greed and desperation collide. When a group of patients wind up in a Texas hospital in critical condition, the trail leads back to one stem cell company and its charismatic CEO. What happens when a supposed miracle cure leaves you worse off than before? Listen to Bad Batch at wondery.fm/BadBatchPod

Wondery Presents Bad Batch with Laura Beil

October 23, 2019 09:00 - 5 minutes - 5.23 MB

In Wondery's new series Bad Batch, host Laura Beil of Dr. Death investigates the multi-billion dollar underregulated industry of stem cell therapy where greed and desperation collide. When a group of patients wind up in a Texas hospital in critical condition, the trail leads back to one stem cell company and its charismatic CEO. What happens when a supposed miracle cure leaves you worse off than before? Listen to Bad Batch at wondery.fm/BadBatchPod

Wondery Presents The Mysterious Mr. Epstein

October 01, 2019 09:00 - 10 minutes - 9.45 MB

For most of his life, Jeffrey Epstein was a mystery — who he was, how he made his money, and how he got away with horrific crimes for so many years. The Mysterious Mr. Epstein explores how Epstein was able to use his wealth to buy status and credibility, to buy power, and ultimately to buy himself freedom from justice. From the network that brought you Dirty John. Listen now at wondery.fm/TMME

Dr. Death Goes Global

August 15, 2019 10:00 - 1 minute - 1.55 MB

Subscribe today at the links below: German http://wondery.fm/drtod French http://wondery.fm/drlamort Latin American Spanish http://wondery.fm/drmuerte Portuguese http://wondery.fm/drmorte  Castilian Spanish http://wondery.fm/drmuertesp  Korean http://wondery.fm/drdeathkor Mandarin http://wondery.fm/drdeathchi

Breaking News | 10

December 13, 2018 03:32 - 17 minutes - 16 MB

The judges reviewing Christopher Duntsch’s appeal have reached a decision. 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.

"One Great Man" | 9

November 13, 2018 08:05 - 28 minutes - 25.8 MB

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 t...

“One Great Man” | 9

November 13, 2018 08:05 - 28 minutes - 25.8 MB

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 t...

Interview | 8

October 09, 2018 07:05 - 27 minutes - 24.8 MB

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 te...

Update | 7

October 02, 2018 21:45 - 24 minutes - 22.9 MB

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...

Closure | 6

September 25, 2018 07:05 - 38 minutes - 35.3 MB

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 t...

Free Fall | 5

September 18, 2018 07:05 - 39 minutes - 36.3 MB

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 ...

Spineless | 4

September 11, 2018 07:05 - 37 minutes - 34.4 MB

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 Subscribe to Dr Death on Apple, Spotify, NPR One,...

Occam’s Razor | 3

September 07, 2018 07:05 - 40 minutes - 36.7 MB

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...

Chris and Jerry | 2

September 05, 2018 07:05 - 39 minutes - 36.3 MB

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...

Three Days In Dallas | 1

September 04, 2018 07:05 - 35 minutes - 32.3 MB

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...

Introducing Dr. Death

August 22, 2018 07:05 - 2 minutes - 1.98 MB

Dr. Death premieres on September 4th Listen ad free with Wondery+, including exclusive bonus episodes. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/drdeath

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