Aggregated reviews for Dr. Death

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.

Great journalism! (5/5)

Great research and reporting Laura!! What a story this was!!

Riveting! (5/5)

Every episode was gut wrenching. I work in healthcare and I’d have to say hospital is a scary place. Don’t get elective procedures done unless it is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. Like that one patient who didn’t want to listen to his family doc on losing weight but decided that surgery would “fix it quicker”. The errors happening in hospitals are countless. Not just physicians but also healthcare workers as well. Ex. Medication errors. Lab errors. Labeling errors. Hygiene between different patients and nurses. And many many more than you could imagine ...

Outstanding reporting (5/5)

Extremely well written, researched and produced. Great job Laura! So happy I just heard about this podcast so I could binge the whole series!!!

Wow! (5/5)

Feel like I’m dealing with this now. Different type of surgeon but similarities with what is happening! Not surprised he got away with it for so long! The most valid thing I heard in this podcast is “hospitals are businesses”! So true. They don’t care as long as they get their money. Do your research people! If you feel something is off don’t go through with surgery!

love Love LOVE (5/5)

This show is the mecca of what podcasts should be about.

It’s (5/5)

Not really a surprise to me this guy moved around with no repercussions or losses. I worked in hospitals for many many years. The mentality of just go away is evident particularly with physicians, sometimes with nurses, but not as much. It is so unfortunate for the poor patients and families. Thanks to the two physicians who pressed through to have this guy taken out of commission. Very sad but riveting story. Keep up the good work. Someone has to protect the innocent.

Interesting (5/5)

This story has been interesting to listen to. I’m not surprised by it. I hope more people learn that if a doctor kills you or maims you for life, you can only recoup around $250000 max and you will have a very hard time getting a lawyer to represent you. This is because it’s not profitable enough for the lawyer and the costs for a case are high. People still think there are huge awards for malpractice today, but that’s a thing of the past since tort reform. People are also not aware of how, in some states, it’s difficult to keep a highly dangerous and incompetent doctor from practicing. I’m not talking about a well trained physician that makes a single error. I’m talking about a doctor that chronically performs with outrageous, disastrous, surgical results. I have an aunt that had her fractured wrist treated incorrectly and she was horribly maimed. The surgeon she went to had a reputation she did not know about but other physicians, nurses and lawyers did. The surgeon had been sued by others and had some type of sanction. She couldn’t find an attorney even though she had other surgeons tell her what went wrong. Because she could not sue, she could not afford to attempt to have the damage fixed. Luckily, one of the hand surgeons she saw volunteered to fix her wrist, to the best possible resolution, for free on her part. This surgeon had done revisions due to the incompetence of the other surgeon before (not for free). I’m not sure how other charges were covered. I know my aunt was limited as to which surgeons she could use due to her insurance plan and there are not many such surgeons. My aunt’s wrist and hand was so bad the surgeon felt sorry for her and even told my aunt so. My aunt still has deformity and problems but they are not as drastic as before her revision surgery. I do know that this hands surgeon should not be practicing.

I Can Be Surgeon. (5/5)

Terrifying. I always wanted to be a surgeon and never liked school. I literally am a better surgeon than this dude! He should never be released from prison. He is nuts. This type of person is a danger to society. Our system is deeply flawed on many levels to keep allowing maniacs like this lead important societal roles.

Awesome podcast! (5/5)

This story is bizarre, crazy and I’m surprised I didn’t know more about it being from Northeast Texas. Story teller, Laura, is awesome! You’ll definitely want to binge listen.

Terrific and frightening (5/5)

Hearing the misdeeds of Dr. Duntsch were frightening, but hearing the failure of the so-called protectors of the patients/public to prevent some of Dr. Death's assaults is even more frightening. This podcast was very well made.

Excellent And what an eye opener (5/5)

Thank you Drs. Henderson and Kirby, for all your efforts and time to pursue Christopher Duntsch! And thank you Michelle Shughart for finding ways to prosecute him to the fullest! I was riveted by this podcast because it could happen to any of us! I’ve worked with doctors all my life and while the majority are wonderful caring trustworthy physicians, there are some rotten apples! The average person puts their full trust into their doctors and this one let them down in the worst way possible! Thank you all for this truth!

Excellent! (5/5)

I’ve listened to the entire podcast twice now - it’s really that kind of good! The show is presented really well, and the subject is completely fascinating! The second time that i listened was on a cross-country drive, and the person that I was with was taken with the show as well - we binge-listened to the whole podcast, stopping only to talk about each episode in between. Strongly suggested!!

So good!!! (5/5)

I binge listened to this podcast. LOVE the fornat and that it was factual! Highly recommend this podcast!!!


What about a movie or a documentary to spread the information around the Country. People need to know this can happen.

Awesome!! (5/5)

I can’t stop listening!! I’m just shocked, but the story telling is so good! Very eye opening. I started with Dirt John which was great too, that lead me to Dr. Death!

Incredibly done (5/5)

An eye-opening account of the health care system and what can go wrong. I’m absolutely hooked.

Amazing (5/5)

Keeps me on the edge of my seat and sends chills down my spine.

Accountability (5/5)

I’ve been thinking about this podcast a lot and I wonder why the University of Tennessee Health Science Center has not been held accountable for graduating this fraud, having only completed a fraction of the accepted number of operations and procedures needed for mastery.

Hooked! (5/5)

This podcast is so riveting that I finished it in two days! So crazy to hear about this doctor, being a DFW native myself.

This story is amazingly scary, and educational, I couldn’t stop listening! (5/5)

Being a resident of The Dallas area and having lived in Memphis, this really struck home with me. Unfortunately, this could happen anywhere. This story made me physically cringe, made me sad, put such fear in me, yet this story is so beautifully cleverly told, I could not quit listening! Laura Beil did an amazing job.

Great podcast! (5/5)

This is a mind blowing story! I believe this story will really be a game changer when it comes to reporting medical malpractice. Presented by a great narrator in logical order

Compelling! (5/5)

This is a fantastic, well-written, well-narrated podcast. I binged the whole thing yesterday. Thought-provoking. Tragic. Unbelievable.

Giving me fricken nightmares (5/5)

This is so horrific omg. I was out loud screaming listening to this. Trigger warning for body horror. This is one of the best podcasts I’ve ever listened to. If you like gross scary stuff this is the one for you. Will hold your attention 100 percent of the time. You’ll not find your mind wandering. Holy f—- I am so scared now to have neck surgery. I have been chronically ill for ten years and now I know to deeply research surgeons before letting them such me. Our medical system is so stupid holy s—-

Wondering podcasts are great (5/5)

Wonders podcasts are some of the best true crime and investigative podcasts I have listened to.

Amazing gripping and powerful (5/5)

I listen to a lot of podcasts and few (maybe none) have kept my attention like this. Great interviews and elegantly crafted episodes. Very intimate and human AND thoroughly covers the social/institutional/policy context. Brilliant.

Makes me love my job (5/5)

I actually work for the state medical conduct office (won’t say which state). I come across cases all the time with doctors putting their patients in danger or killing them. This case gave me chills,and Ive read alot!! The podcast was well done. Love it

Wow! (5/5)

I’m so impressed with the way this story was put together. My heart breaks for his victims. Thank god for the brave who worked tirelessly to stop him. Thank you for opening my eyes to my states medical/legal processes.

Disgusting trash pile (1/5)

The podcast is the worst of them all, the bottom of the trash can. The narrative is terrible, it’s filled with useless information, and way too many many boring,

Perfection (5/5)

This is one of the first podcasts I had ever listened to and it is so amazing. Well researched and heavily advocated for those who were harmed. I had never heard of the case before this podcast and I still recommend it.

Great story (5/5)

Very riveting and it kept me listening and bingeing this podcast.

Just awesome (5/5)

Just started listening to this pod cast and I’m almost done with it. It is absolutely fantastic. Me being a nurse and understanding the background of the medical field a lot of this pod cast I can relate to. This is just so interesting and captivating. Love it!!

Best podcast yet! (5/5)

I’ve never listened to podcasts until I came across this, I didn’t know what to expect but I really enjoyed listening. I love everything Wondery has put out and others but this by far has been best one yet!

Outstanding (5/5)

Outstanding. And terrifying. Do NOT listen to this before you or a loved one goes into the hospital for surgery.

Fantastic (4/5)

Fantastic content and coverage of this case. I did not like that it was sped up, it was hard to hear at some points. Sounded like a infomercial disclaimer.

Health for $ (5/5)

Our system is run for profit. Outcomes don’t even come close to quarterly profits in importance. Until we fix this, we will have fraud, waste, and abuse in the US healthcare system.

Best Podcast Ever! (5/5)

This is definitely my favorite podcast ever! The storytelling is so captivating and I couldn’t wait to finish it! So heartbreaking and I’m glad Justice was served!

Awesome (5/5)

It is just an amazing story it’s crazy how crazy he was what an awful man.

Overly Dramatic (3/5)

Entertaining but overly dramatic, very one-sided, replete with cliche sound effects and pacing. So 33 patients were effected, but only a couple are discussed in this case. That is fishy. There isn’t enough insight into this doctor’s medical education history.

WOW (5/5)

This podcast is absolutely unbelievable. I listened to the whole thing during a road trip and I’m pretty sure the cars next to me got a kick out of my various facial expressions during those 5ish hours. It is SO good you won’t be able to turn it off.

Pins and needles (5/5)

each Tuesday, I would wake up early to listen to the newest podcast! I couldn’t wait for the newest one. I’m in shock with how much he got away with! Great podcast and also—never going under the knife ever 😉.

Dr death (5/5)

I will definitely research my next surgeon. Unbelievable story. Great pod cast

Love it, but the episodes after ep 6 are weird (5/5)

When the Laura becomes the interviewee, it sounds so disconnected and as if they are in 2 different places and feels weird. The original format is best. And it was an amazing story. Not planning to listen after 8.

Honestly terrifying and captivating. (5/5)

I can’t stop listening to this in horror and disbelief. A must-hear.

Don’t miss this podcast. (5/5)

Thank you for your due diligence. I appreciate your hard work. Very informative.

The best (5/5)

I have never left a review on a podcast before, but this is one of the best podcasts I have ever listened to. The narrator has a great voice and tells the story very well. I can already see that I am going to binge my way through this series.

Wow!!! (5/5)

I was hooked right away. Crazy from start to finish. My heart aches for the patients and families that put their trust in this person. I won’t be able to look at a doctor or hospital the same after this.

Horrifying and riveting (5/5)

This really needed to be done. You’ll never look at hospitals and surgeons in the same way again.

Ok (4/5)

This is a great story; however, I think there need to be some edits. First, there is lack of clarity in terms of the “doctor’s” schooling. You use medical school, residency and fellowship interchangeably when they are all quite different. Secondly, when you are talking about tort reform in medmal, it is inplied that this is solely to benefit insurance companies and physicians. However, this analysis lacks depth and clarity. The fact that trial lawyers will not take cases implies greed on their part;wherein, they won’t take cases where the trial lawyer gets a big payout. Indeed, medmal needs reform, but the poor ethics and greed of medmal lawyers is a loose end in your story.

Horrifying and I can’t stop listening (5/5)

Just finished listening to all the episodes and am appalled and terrified. It is unbelievable that the healthcare system has failed SO many people by letting this man continue to operate. You all did a fantastic job compiling the information for the episodes. Can’t wait to listen to another of your series!

Wow! (5/5)

Hooked from start to finish. Very captivating and informative.

Terrifying (5/5)

As someone who listens to countless serial killer podcasts, this is one of the scariest stories I’ve ever heard. Well told!

Incredible yet shocking (5/5)

As a scrub tech, I found this podcast very interesting since it’s right up my alley. I was shocked to hear about how Dr. Death botched so many surgeries. This is a MUST listen. Very interesting and captivating. The random commercials in the middle are annoying but this podcast was crazy good!

😳🤯😱 (5/5)

Wow!!! At the moment in your life that you think your getting crazy and then you listen to this podcast and realize your actually very normal. Great listen.

Dr death (5/5)

This podcast is awesome! The information is scary but it is wonderfully done, I couldn’t stop listening...highly recommend! A MUST LISTEN, you won’t be disappointed. Only negative is the random commercials right in the middle of the episode with no warning...but there’s only a couple that last a minute or so.

Disgusting (5/5)

This is sick that this was allowed to occur. Thank you for sharing! People need to know about this.

Dr Pyscho (4/5)

I was in disbelief how this man did so much and it took so long to get him to stop practicing. And what he did to his friend was horrific.

Dr death (5/5)

Amazing podcast. Very well done. I couldn’t stop listening

Great Job (5/5)

I couldn’t stop listening. So well narrated and well organized.

Dr Death (5/5)

Fantastic program!!


Absolutely entertaining yet sad podcast, a must listen informative show!

Intriguing to say the least...!!! (5/5)

Intriguing to say the least...!!!

Excellent but terrifying (5/5)

Excellent documentary but terrifying when you hear all the grave details of Dr. D’s botched surgeries. As a Nurse, this is unbelievable to hear and my only question is, “ why didn’t he stop?”

Loving this just can’t wait for another! (5/5)

Gets better and better ...So unbelievable!

Superb (5/5)

This podcast is superbly produced and narrated. And the story line is astonishing. Having worked with hospitals my entire career, I am aware of the litigious environment in which they operate. In this case, lives were lost or permanently altered, because people were afraid of being sued. I hope this podcast wins awards!

Very very good (5/5)

I was recommended this mini series of Dr. Death and was not let down!! Recommend💯


Dr. Death was the most wonderful and entertaining piece I’ve ever heard!!! 10/10 would recommend

Well that was terrifying (5/5)

Sooo.... Medicare for all? This will make you as mad (in a good way) as Making a Murderer. Seriously, how does this happen!?!?!?

Baylor should close! (5/5)

The audacity of Baylor to still be open boils my blood. I hope everyone who is involved gets their karma in this and the next world. I hope Dr Death and everyone who shut their mouth need to be punished with maximum possible punishment. I feel distressed thinking how could a doctor be so cold blooded

Also binge listening (5/5)

So disturbing.

Loved it! (5/5)

Fantastic! Also terrifying.

Binge listening (5/5)

I listened to it all in one day!! I couldn’t stop listening!!

😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱 (5/5)

Just listen.

Intense (5/5)

We need more investigation like this one.

Good (5/5)

Great story, timeline jumps around but good story

Yikes (5/5)

SPOILER. This will haunt your every waking moment. Also, do your homework and vet every pro MD out there. Great work. Thank you.

Excellent/couldn’t turn it off (5/5)

Best podcast I have listened to. Couldn’t wait to get back in the car and listen to it.

Wow (5/5)

... just... wow

Holy Moly! (5/5)

I can’t believe how irresponsible the hospitals are! They should be held accountable for not is all they care about!

Fascinating, terrifying listen but... (4/5)

...I would recommend skipping all of the update episodes. There is usually a kernel of information (his appeal was denied, the woman in the infomercial feels bad about it) and a lot of filler.

Unbelievable! (5/5)

I practice medicine-this is the most horrific tale. Well reported. I’m so sad that this person was ever part of the Medicine tribe.

Interesting subject but confusing storytelling (3/5)

I’m trying to finish the series because I want to know the story, but the order in which they tell events is super confusing. The timeline jumps around and is hard to follow unless listening to the podcast is the only thing you’re doing and lets be honest, who doesn’t multitask while podcasting?


I am amazed at this podcast. Not only is it well made but, she has multiple people tell their story first hand. It’s mind boggling that this got this far out of hand.

Amazing (5/5)

So captivating and chilling at the same time, a must listen !!!

Wow! (5/5)

I had never listened to a podcast, but since it came highly recommended by multiple friends, I decided to give it a try. All I can say is, WOW! This is such an interesting story. I couldn’t stop listening!

Fabulous! Simply the Best. (5/5)

I’m a podcast junkie. I’ve listened to a lot, a lot, of them but I’ve listened to this one over again and I’ve referred it to others. I’m not sure if what it is - the storytelling is certainly top notch. It is more than that though. It captures the vulnerability that we all share and the tipping of genius into clear insanity. The story is so relatable - any of the patients could be us or our parents or loved ones who find themselves in harm’s way just trying to get help. The heroes are so inspiring ... hats off to the two doctors who never gave up and worked relentlessly to stop the carnage and to the DA’s Office that had the courage to be pioneers and bring this man to justice. The story is compelling and I’ll probably listen to it again some day.

WOW!! (5/5)

Absolutely mind blowing!!

Great Podcast (5/5)

Really interesting! Listening while painting my house and it’s keeping me from going crazy of boredom. 😉 Makes me a bit nervous to go to the doctor though. 😬

Stop the introductions (1/5)

Love the podcasts but seems like every episode that has come out lately has only been introductions to other podcasts. Can we get a few episodes first.

Well-produced pod (5/5)

If Trump practiced medicine...but I digress... They even got good voice actors for the foreign versions. By the final 'sode started to feel redundant, but up to that point is was pretty engaging. Nevertheless, since I also wanted to listen to several of the translations, and the production quality is at the cutting edge of the podcast industry, I stuck with it. Shocking and riveting podcast.

Modern Horror Story (4/5)

Not an easy listen, but worth it! I learned of this story through MedScape a while ago. This hard to listen to if you grasp the medical horror, but this is an EXCELLENT podcast. This podcast answered so many questions I had. Amazing interviews and research. Thank you! 5 stars!

Awesome! (5/5)

Absolutely awesome podcast! Love the story telling and interviews with people who were friends or had interactions with Dr Death. I feel the interviews really make the listener realize that all of this is real.

Necessary Public Service (5/5)

As a person who has been chronically ill and enmeshed in the medical industrial complex since childhood, in a family with a rich medical history, stories like this are absolutely crucial. Medical malpractice stories like this need more shine because we can see in the story the LONG stream of people who were complicit in the injuries and deaths of patients. I hope stories like these can make medical professionals have more integrity and humility, maybe true commitment to the patient over the ease of their careers or the viability of the business. I hope stories like these arm patients to KNOW they have the right to question and research their doctors and surgeons before they trust them. This is a very well-researched podcast and I found the narrator to have a neutral, effective voice. I don’t mind the ads because I’m too broke to pay for content like this and this is how it stays free.

Excellent presentation of a vital topic (5/5)

Extremely important presentation of a crucial issue well done.

Compelling (5/5)

One of the best podcast series that I have ever listened to. It keeps you interested the whole time and leaves plenty to think and talk about after

Horrified OR Nurse (5/5)

As a long time OR Nurse I was especially horrified at this story. I can’t get it out of my mind. It’s changed the way I go about my daily activities in the operating room, being even more on the defense than before. This story is wonderfully told and well written. It was captivating and disturbing all at the same time. At first I wasn’t sure if I could continue listening because the story is so disturbing, but I couldn’t turn it off. Thank you Laura Beale and Wondery for telling this story.

Great (5/5)

This was a great podcast very impressive!!

Gripping, Powerful, and Important (5/5)

I started listening to this podcast yesterday and wound up dropping everything to listen to every episode straight through. This is a gripping, enraging, and heartbreaking story about how dozens of people were victimized not only by an evil man, but also by a system designed to protect the powerful at the expense of ordinary people. This extraordinarily well-reported podcast points to significant problems in our healthcare and legal systems, as well as in our country as a whole.

Perfect (5/5)

Awesome I went through this in a day. As amazing

Sooooo good (5/5)

I started this podcast because of a suggestion after listening to Dirty John (also great). I could not stop listening. Podcast was really well done, very informative!! And I have considered back surgery recently and I will seriously do the most possible research after listening to this. I would have already but I will be even more cautious going forward. Thank you!!

Torn (5/5)

At the end of each episode I wanted to hear the next one. Very informative and in-depth research, going above and beyond to report the whole story. Excellent work. This story left me thinking, if this guy was intelligent enough to pass the boards and make it through such a rigorous program, then why is there an excuse for his actions that botched so many lives and ended others. He could think straight. He made a choice before each operation to admit he did not know what he was doing but instead His Pride was of greater importance than the patient that lay before him. Unwilling to admit defeat, the theme of his life spilling over into others lives, uninvited.

Dr. Death (5/5)

This was an excellent podcast, albeit very scary!

Amazing (5/5)

Just started listening to podcast and was looking for one to listen to and this was my first pick, omg I can’t turn it off 3 episodes later.

Confirms my fears! (5/5)

As someone who has numerous neuromuscular issues, I have been referred to neurosurgeon more than once but I refuse to go. This story confirms the horror stories I have heard and is why I am afraid to have neurosurgery and just live with pain but be thankful for my life instead! This was a wonderful story thank you for letting the world know. I hope he never gets out of prison for the sake of all of his victims and their families.

Used to like it (2/5)

I liked this podcast when it was about Dr. Death. The last several episode have been announcements for other podcasts. There were so many that I decided to unsubscribe. Hopefully, more episodes about Dr. Death or similar content will return.

Wish Would Be Avail To Play (1/5)

I would love to review the content however, it isn’t available to do so.

Extremely Well Done (5/5)

I normally listen to podcasts with practical information, but this one was recommended to me by my mother. I was hooked from the first episode. The narration and interviews are very well done, and the sound effects and music really set the mood. The journalist who put this together did an excellent job gathering the story, and the production team really brought it to life. I would 100% recommend this podcast for lovers of true crime and shocking-but-true stories.

I can’t stop listening... (5/5)

I can’t believe something so horrifying happened so recently. I can’t stop listening... I even listen when making dinner. Worth the listen. You’ll be hooked.

Couldn’t stop listening. Just like a good book you can’t put down (5/5)

Incredible story. I couldn’t stop listening to it. Hard to believe this all happened.

Oh. My. God. (5/5)

This is jaw dropping. I cannot believe this story but I couldn’t stop listening. Horrifying.

Eyes Wide Open (5/5)

Thank you for researching and presenting this story. I hope others hearing this disturbing news will walk into their next doctors office as I will, with eyes wide open. Having experienced back pain and undergoing surgery to fuse C6 and C7 myself, this story of what could have happened just astonished me. I am so grateful that’s my doctor was skilled and caring and my outcome could not have been any better. Still my heart breaks for those patients who received sub-par care that left them debilitated. What a crime.

Amazing (5/5)

I listened to the entire series in literally two days. I was completely enthralled. Well written, great interviews, and the music was on point. I love how the story also addressed the health care system.

Whoaaa (5/5)

I live in Tx and I’m in the medical field and I learned all of this via this podcast. Very well researched and put together. I was hung on every word. Thank you for sharing this story.

AMAZING!!! (5/5)

I came across this podcast and I’m so happy I did. This is so well told and so shocking I’m hooked!!!

Stop with that flippant music (4/5)

This guy is a monster, and I’m glad he’s in prison. But as far as the podcast; they keep playing this rockabilly type song as if to say, “OMG, Isn’t this just so shocking and FUN!” It isn’t respectful of the people who were hurt and killed by this maniac. They don’t need to play funeral music, but I’m just saying this rock guitar music is just too much. Plus, the narrator’s voice keeps cracking and it gets on my nerves. Also, she fails to give an accurate timeline — when did he graduate, exactly? Did he practice for years, successfully, until the drugs fried his brain? We can’t know, but in 2011 he would have been about 40. He should have been out of residency for about 10 years at that point. Did he do that discogenic stuff for 10 whole years and just forgot everything? And being in the medical field I flat out don’t believe he graduated a surgical residency of any kind with only 100 hours. If that were true, I’m sure with this publicity the school would be shut down by now.

Great Series (5/5)

Listened to all 6 episodes in one day. Gripping, riveting and informative. Well produced and helpful to remind us all that we should make ourselves aware of all we can about our doctors and medical treatments.

Investigate The Tennessee Program (5/5)

I would really like them to investigate the tennessee program. How could he have a recommendation from the program? How could he have graduated with so little surgical experience and so much partying? There have to be former staff and residence that will speak to the culture of the program.

Riveting (5/5)

My daughter-in-law recommended this to me and said I wouldn’t believe it. She was right. Several —many — times during the story I gasped out loud, almost unable to process what I was hearing. With a background as a legal secretary for plaintiff attorneys who specialized in catastrophic medical negligence cases, and later as a court reporter for many years, I’ve heard my share of gruesome, heartbreaking stories. This saga pretty much takes all the cupcakes and then some. Major admiration for Laura Beil and her work in bringing this story to light. Mercy. God help us and if you can help it, don’t go near a hospital.

Great podcast (5/5)

From first to last episode I was hooked!

Questions (5/5)

Why has no one gone after the program?!?!!!!!!! A residency in neurosurgery is 6-7 years, with less than 100 surgeries, he was a researcher/observer at best. Who did he pay off, who sold their soul to allow him this title?! Where is the accountability? It’s sickening.

Just wow (5/5)

This is crazy to me I work for a neurosurgeon and the things this man did it’s insane we would never do this to any of our patients it breaks my heart that patients have to suffer in the hands of negligent doctors!

Scary!! (5/5)

I woke up at 3am thinking about this podcast. Great work!

Outstanding. (5/5)

Being in the medical field this makes me think so differently about the people I work with and for. Just another perspective. You really never know who someones is. I say this was addicting!

😳 (5/5)

An edge of your seat listen!!!!!

Want to lose faith in our medical system? (5/5)

You have yet to realized the astoundingly twisted ways of the US medical system until you’ve listened to this podcast. Both the medical boards and hospitals are corrupt, disgusting businesses that exploit patients and see them as nothing short of customers. Open your eyes and listen to the monstrosity that took place in your very own backyard with Dr. Death.

🙌🏻 (5/5)

I recommend this!

Overall, good series (4/5)

But it drives me crazy how the host talks like William Shatner

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5/5)

As a nurse for more than 30 years this confused and terrified me. So well done but I am left asking HOW and WHY this could possibly happen

So glad I listened! (5/5)

I listened to this podcast on a driving trip. One of the most fascinating podcasts I’ve listened to. Didn’t want to get out of the car! Makes me question the medical industry. Highly recommend.

Dr death. (5/5)

Terrified and no longer interested in surgery. It’s 2019. Can’t believe it’s real.

Excelente, well researched and well produced. Great! (5/5)

Very well produced and investigated. I listen to a lot of podcast, this is one of the best I’ve heard this year.

Absolutely Riveting (5/5)

From the first few minutes of the very first episode, I was hooked on this story. It moved at an excellent pace, and the narrator, Laura Beil, provided careful analysis and definition of medical and legal terms as they related to the saga. I am aghast that this actually happened in our health care system, and that it could certainly happen again. It has made me thankful that thus far, I’ve had doctors and surgeons who have performed their job with excellence. This podcast has taught me that as consumers of health care, we cannot let our guard down. It is incumbent upon us to do our due diligence and thoroughly vet the doctors who care for us. It would seem that many hospital systems cannot be trusted, even in this day and age.

A Must (5/5)

I definitely recommend and a must listen.

Dr Death (5/5)


Nah (1/5)

Not interested I mean I know people are interested in nurses and.. podcasts but I don’t understand this podcast I mean Chris seems like a loyal man and jerry not to loyal but dr death is a little weird I mean I know people like this podcast but I am not interested into this stuff...

incredibly well done (5/5)

this story is a horrific one, but I believe this podcast was handled in a way that showed the utmost respect for the victims.

Wow (5/5)

This is my first podcast and I couldn't stop listening! Wow is all I have to say. As a nurse myself I am just shocked. So sorry for everyone who has been affected by this monster. I understand people's fears of reporting someone, as I reported a co worker and my employer replied that they could be sued for taking action against a fellow employee if the situation turned out to be nothing. I've been discouraged from ever bringing forward issues but this story has opened my eyes. This story would make a great movie.

Omg!! (5/5)

This is disgusting! As a healthcare employee, I am disgusted by this man. So sad it took so long for the medical board to look into this. Great podcast!

Elementary School Teacher (5/5)

Incredible, yet sad story for the victims and their families. Glad to know this “doctor” wasn’t given the chance to walk away.

Captivating! (5/5)

As a survivor of two failed fusion surgeries by a narcissist spine surgeon, this was truly captivating, but so frustrating that the system kept failing. I wish there was more focus on the court proceedings and less ads, especially the updates, which have nothing to do with an update to this podcast! I still gave 5 stars for the story itself, but the ad content was too frequent and long throughout this podcast. I did further research to get more info regarding the court proceedings.

Horrifying and terrifying and completely impossible to stop listening. (5/5)

I’m a neuro nurse so I work with neurosurgeons daily which made the inner workings of the medical community within this horrifying story EXTRA messed up. Incredible story.

Astonishing (5/5)

This is an unbelievable story of extreme medical malpractice. Very well told.

Dr Death is Riveting! (5/5)

A true monster with access to surgery

Jaw dropping (5/5)

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.

Riveting, until the end (4/5)

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.

True crime fan heaven (5/5)

So well done! Riveting! Def recommend!

Smh (5/5)

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.

Great story (2/5)

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

The bar (5/5)

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

Long Road Trip Made Quicker (5/5)

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.

What in the actual...? (5/5)

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.

Great story that needed to be told (5/5)

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

Too many ads (3/5)

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.


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

Gripping (5/5)

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.

Dr Death (5/5)

Excellent reporting! Great, if horrifying, story!

Shocking. Entertaining. (4/5)

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.

Dr Death (5/5)



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

Could have been me (5/5)

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.

Great podcast (5/5)

Great podcast! Didn’t want to end. Makes u stop, think & want to make sure you are getting the best info from ur healthcare providers

Gripping (5/5)

The background and history of Dr. Deaths surgical complications was plotted in a way that was gripping. I was intrigued by the systematic failure perfectly explained in the podcast and just couldn’t stop listening. The use of voice recordings from prior patients and Doctors really highlighted the true events. I hope we can get a look at what his upbringing was like in the future because I’m sure we’d all like to understand the motive behind his madness.

Great podcast. Riveting. (3/5)

I thoroughly devoured and enjoyed this podcast, but I’m unsubscribing because it’s enough already with the trailers! I keep thinking there are more episodes, but they turn out to be trailers. I can find my own crime podcasts, this is the age of the internet. 🙄

So well done (5/5)

I listened to every word and discussed with my son in medical school. Yikes!

Dr Death (5/5)

My daughter insisted I listen. This is both fascinating and scary. Just hope to stay both healthy and lucky!

Great public information (5/5)

I’m an RN in the operating room and I can attest to the code of silence and the fear of reporting a the same time nurses are patient advocates and I’m very concerned that no one working with him took the time to speak up during the surgeries It is a great lesson for me and I hope for all surgical staff Thank you for this

Meh (3/5)

I just completed the Dr. Death podcast (2018). This is a relatively short (10 episode) non-fictional true crime story. This is made by Wondery, the same folks that made Dirty John (and other similar podcasts from this genre). As usual with Wondery this is professionally made and decently told. I was entertained enough. The sheer volume of victims is intriguing for sure. My only beef is that with so many more interesting stories out there that they could have told, why this one, that has so many cliches in it? If you love true crime though, and aren’t too picky, then maybe check it out? I give it 5.9 stars out of 10

Thank you (5/5)

The reporting on this story was exceptional. I will definitely look more closely at any doctor who has custody of my case or that of any loved one.

Got obsessed (5/5)

Binged this in like a day or two! So good!

Couldn’t get into it (2/5)

I tried to like this. Really I did. I just couldn’t get into it. It follows the Wondery formula, which when you listen to enough of those, becomes monotonous.

Great storytelling but insane story! (5/5)

This was my very first podcast and I feel into it obsessively! I could not believe what I was hearing. I worked as Residency Coordinator for years and I find it incredibly difficult to believe he cleared medical school. That alone brings medical education into review for this particular student. He was clearly a psychopath all along! Too bad no one stopped him sooner! Listen and get hooked to the Dr. Death podcasts!

Physician Heal Thyself (5/5)

The Psychiatrist was clearly a sociopath. This gives you a tiny glimpse of psychological abuse and just how damning it can be. This Physician needs to be sanctioned disciplined and his license revoked.... for damaging the lives of so many.

So interesting and difficult to atop listening! (5/5)

So interesting! If you’re a RN like myself, you’ll really be sucked into this Podcast! It specifies in neurosurgery, which I’ve worked for 5 years, and I can’t believe what this neurosurgeon did for years! The narrative is great as well and the plot will keep you from being able to put your phone down!

Beyond hooked (5/5)

I am new to podcasts and have been obsessed with true crime for as long as I can remember. This one is AMAZING!! Love the storytelling, the details, all of it. It also touches on my fear of botched surgeries. I listen in the car and I can only imagine what other drives are thinking as they see me physically cringing in the car at some of the details I’m hearing. Great job!!

Madman (5/5)

This is so disturbing What is he trying to prove? Is his discipline in neurosurgery? Malpractice How can he keep getting away with this? Maybe he knows someone in the front office

Shocked and disturbed (5/5)

This is so disturbing on so many different levels. I hope this maniac never has the opportunity to see the light of day and to experience freedom of any sort. The executives of these hospitals that turned their heads and allowed this to continue should have to pay the people he operated on out of their own pockets.

Powerful (5/5)

Wow, powerful yet scary story and very hard to believe that this can happen in today’s modern society. Very, very, well done. She covered all aspects of the case that was extremely well researched and horrifically honest. My heart goes out to everyone involved.

So disturbing (5/5)

Extremely well presented. Effectively made my skin crawl, but also got me thinking about the relative impunity of physicians.

Great Podcast - Chilling (5/5)

5 Stars to the Dr. Death Podcast. It’s hard to believe that this can happen in America and it’s chilling that it not only happened but it’s still probably happening with other doctors if even to a lesser degree. I had just listened to another 5 Star awesome podcast titled “Cold” about Josh Powell who murdered his wife and before he was placed in jail for her murder he violently murdered his two young sons with an ax before killing himself and burning down the house he was renting.

Good so far👍 (3/5)

I just started this and so far it is super intriguing 👍👍👍

Worth the listen! (5/5)

This podcast is absolutely riveting. The story is fascinating and complex, but well-told. It is definitely worth your time to listen to.

Excellent (5/5)

I had read a long form article about this and found it really riveting so I looked for a podcast about the case and this was the most highly recommended. It’s fantastic. Well researched, great narration, totally gripping story. Definitely listen to this one!

Fascinating & Frightening! (5/5)

As a medical professional I love that you took on this story with such vigor. Phenomenal series! Highly recommend listening to this podcast.

Wow! (5/5)

Loved this podcast. They did a great job delivering this incredibly crazy story! I was so angry listening to it

Amazing Series that will grab and hold you! (5/5)

I work in the medical field and have had to ask myself what I would do in a situation like this. Any good Surgeon will Ankit that they can and do or at least have made mistakes but it’s what they do about those mistakes that defines them. Listening to this series made my jaw drop open because I know the helplessness the OR techs and nurses must have felt not being able to have had their concerns listened to.

Bananas (5/5)


👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻😃 (5/5)

Thank you so much it so so good I listen to this podcast every day it became a normal thing everyday so gooooood morning America 🇱🇷🥳

Dr Death (4/5)

Great podcast. However the narrator has a very annoying scratchy voice

Doctor Death...Just Wow (5/5)

Thank you so much for bringing these stories to life. This helps so many people do research on their doctors before a major or even minor surgery. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017. She went to see a surgeon who wanted to operate in two days. “Let’s just do a mastectomy or a double mastectomy “ he said. My mother was worried and sad. She had just been told horrible news with even more horrible results. She scheduled the surgery, but all night it didn’t sit well with her, so she decided to do a little research. What she discovered was eye opening. Was he a repeatable surgeon, yes, did he come highly recommended, yes, but he wasn’t a breast surgeon nor a doctor who dealt with many cancer patients. He was a doctor who operated on obese patients to cut down on eating and lose weight fast. My mother called him the next day and all he could say was, “well I’m a surgeon, so what I’m doing is surgery not stopping cancer”. My mom immediately canceled her appointment to be operated and found a breast cancer specialist, who did not cut off her breast and at that he left minimal scarring. This is why you must do research and I am blessed to say two years later and my mom is cancer free. Thank God she listened to her gut!

Great listen! (5/5)

Very good podcast and was recommended by a girlfriend!!!

Amazing (5/5)

From beginning to end. Best podcast I’ve heard so far

Couldn’t stop listening (5/5)

Very well presented, but truly terrifying, story.

Great story, but better editing would give it 5 (3/5)

The story is very entertaining, in a style I found similar to dirty John. I thought this was very well researched and organized chronologically, but I had a lot of trouble in episode two with the volume and having to adjust it every few seconds when someone was interviewed. The podcaster’s voice was super loud to the point where I had to turn the volume down when it was in my cup holder whereas I had to hold the phone against my ear on full volume to hear the interviewee

Amazing, incredible, unbelievable story. (5/5)

It’s amazing that Christopher Duntsch became a surgeon. It’s incredible that he operated on and harmed so many people. It’s unbelievable how long he got away with it all. This podcast, which is well-researched and well-presented, tells the most harrowing tale of a doctor off the rails. It’ll make you think twice and research harder when you need a surgeon.

So many emotions (5/5)

My fiancé and I finished this in 2 days. I was angry and then excited. We both work in pre-hospital health care currently and he eventually will be a physician. I am so sad that the healthcare system failed that many people and I hope those that are listening will share and be as cautious as possible when trusting the healthcare system. Human error is inevitable but not to this extent. I am so glad a man like this is behind bars and hope to god the healthcare system learns from this. A law suite is not more important than saving lives...

Shocking (5/5)

I can’t stop listening

Must listen to! (5/5)

Doctor Death was the first podcast I had listened to and was recommended by a friend. It did not disappoint and was put together in a thorough and interesting way. I am a nurse and was interested in all the medical jargon but was presented in a way anyone could understand. Great series!

The best! (5/5)

Listen to understand. You won’t regret it !

Excellent! (5/5)

Phenomenal podcast...Thanks for telling this story!

Listen listen listen (5/5)

Absolutely amazing. I drive a lot and this made all my drives go by so quickly because it was such an incredible story!

Wow! (5/5)

This was one of the first podcast I have listened to. It was amazing! I didn’t want to put it down.

Incredible and gripping (5/5)

This podcast is so good. As someone who has been through back/spine surgery, this hits even closer to home!

I was hooked! (5/5)

This is actually the first podcast I’ve ever listened to. A friend told me about it. I didn’t think i would enjoy listening to someone talk without having anything to watch, but I couldn’t get enough of it! It’s so terrifying what can happen when you put your life in a doctor’s hands. Even crazier how someone can continue to get hired over and over again after the things he did.

Loved it! (5/5)

So good!

Truly Terrifying (5/5)

This podcast will draw you in, but at the same time it will disgust you due to the horrendous nature of the true story it recounts.

Better than most podcasts (4/5)

This podcast is well produced and it's about a very interesting case. It's also only six episodes and so it never felt stretched out. However, most of the bonus episodes were poorly made and the host was biased when she discussed tort reform

Astounded (5/5)

I am a former patient of Dr. Kevin Foley and to know I had spinal surgery when this psychopath Dr was in and under the watch of Dr. Foley!! I’m calling to find out if this Dr. Death was a part of my surgical team

Disappointed (4/5)

Was hooked on this podcast until I finished it and been anxiously waiting to hear new or updates on some stories and it seems it’s now just a podcast with advertisement for other ones 😕

Ads constantly (1/5)

Is there a reason to keep this in my podcasts? I hate that it is just used to advertise new crap to me

Well Done (5/5)

A scary story well-researched and well-told. However - Dear Wondery + Madison Reed, Are you two for reals playing a commercial that promotes hair color as a “permanent filter” and a way to improve your selfie? In this era of self-acceptance, this commercial seems to be ignoring the nuances surrounding modern beauty. I’m positive the two of you can make a better advertisement.

Amazing True Crime Story (5/5)

This podcast met me interested. It took my breath away and made me look over my shoulder when I was alone listening at work. I was unfamiliar with the case, so I went in with a blank slate. The victims stories are heartbreaking and gruesome. I’m glad that their stories have come into light so that we the public can learn from their experiences.

Unsettling (5/5)

The reality that a single man had the ability to destroy a patient’s life... I’m honestly speechless. The reasoning behind so many good referrals from other doctors and surgeons, why? Why would hospitals cover for him? I understand he was bribing them money, but what about their reputation as a whole business? Why was Baylor not held accountable? Why would someone hire or keep someone employed somebody after so many red flags were raised? Why was nothing reported? Christopher Duntsch was ruthless and careless with no morals to uphold. The things he did are things that I’d only ever imagined being on a horror movie. This was a fantastic podcast. I feel they showed who he truly was, a deranged sociopath.

Why? (5/5)

Why is Duntsch the only one in prison? How is it the doctor from Memphis who gave him a glowing review not in prison? If he hadn't lied this tragedy may never have happened. Baylor hospital has a share in this tragedy too. They should be fined and pay restitution to every family that was victimized after Duntsch left their hospital.

Cheese... (2/5)

-Les Couchon- 💄🐷👠🍒

Eye-opening and terrifying (5/5)

Amazing podcast that will keep you binge listening until you’re caught up. My heart goes out to all of those victims.

AMAZING!!! (5/5)

Just finish binge listening and my gosh was it cringing. The Doctor was a huge wacko despite his intelligence but what bothered me the MOST was the credentialing process and hospital administration. ~Nina~

Wow!! (5/5)

Amazing story !! Had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Couldn’t stop listening and I was immediately hooked!

Incredible (5/5)

Being a health care professional and a Texan this shakes me to the core. Unfortunately where I’m from we seem to have a “similar “ type issue going on with a local physician almost to the tee of what has happened in Dallas. Fortunately the proper people have been notified and things are being investigated. Thanks for sharing this unfortunate yet amazing captivating story of Dr. Duntch.

A true community service (5/5)

This is truly a cautionary tale. I don’t regularly do even half the research that the victims of Dr. Dench did before going forward. Now I see I’ve just been lucky. There but for the grace of god...

Gripping. Horrifying. (5/5)

The culture of medicine must be rebuilt and the cartel of doctors protecting one another at the expense of the public must be smashed. This will happen again.

Must listen!!! (5/5)

This is a powerful, remarkable story with great production and narrative. The take home for me is to ask lots of questions and even second opinions, don’t be afraid to follow up to see the credentials of the person doing your surgery, talking to current and previous patients.

Keep it up wondery!! (5/5)

Fascinating story with a fantastic production. Keeps you on the edge of your seat, wanting to hear more. Amazing to think someone can get away with such things in the medical world, where we all assume we are under due care.

Terrified (5/5)

I started this podcast thinking I would just be tuning in to a great story . I literally just clicked something and went on about my day . As I started paying attention to the podcast more and more and realized this wasn’t a fictional story but something that actually happened I couldn’t believe it ! And couldn’t wait for the next episode to see if the finally sent Duntsch to jail ! Great podcast

Terrifying to the core! (5/5)

As a professional nurse who arranges interventional procedures for my patients, this podcast just reiterated for me just how much faith our precious patients are putting into those of us who have the PRIVILEGE to care for them. A doctor & medical supply rep both highly recommended this podcast to me. I put off listening to it, not very interested, etc. What was a podcast anyway? WOW! Once I did, I was in its grips and it just shocked, amazed & terrified me that this could happen, much less BE ALLOWED to have ever started in the first place! Inherently evil was this horrible man who falsely called himself a physician. What about “DO NO HARM”?!? The Golden Rule? It is man’s inhumanity to man. God bless the survivors. This broke my heart.

Unbelievable (5/5)

This podcast is so disturbing it turned my stomach. I can’t help but wonder how much more of this pass the buck attitude happens in the medical profession daily. The story was very well told. Narrator has a wonderful, compelling voice. Very well researched. Well don!

I’m hooked. (5/5)

I can’t stop listening to this. My mouth drops in disbelief every time I hit play. Laura Beil tells the story in such a clearly spoken, suspenseful and intriguing way. Highly recommend!!

Amazing (5/5)

It’s a much listen! Amazing

Great podcast, hard to listen to (5/5)

So I loved this podcast, but I must say that some of the accounts of what occurred are simply hard to listen to. I was a nurse for 8 years, and the things this man did. Absolutely unbelievable. But very well produced and well-told.

Crazy (5/5)

Very well investigated. And scary. I’m in the DFW area, and actually knew someone who went to a consult with him but didn’t go through with it! He couldn’t believe what ended up happening. My only question is, why couldn’t they use the email to Kim as proof of “malice” to say its murder?? They mentioned that email like once and then that was it. Seems like it would be good evidence! But anyway, craziest story. this guy is scum. Definitely worth the listen!

My worst nightmare! (4/5)

Having had 2 brain surgeries in the past 15 years, I found this podcast both horrifying and completely engrossing. As I listened, I recalled all my own feelings of trepidation that I experienced before both of my surgeries. I trust my neurosurgeon implicitly but I would be lying if I said I wondered if I would wake up a vegetable or even at all. I’m here to tell the tale, so fortunately things went fine.

Gruesome and Compelling (5/5)

I have listened to this podcast 7 or 8 times. Absolutely mind blowing and worth the time to listen.

Updates are ads (1/5)

Loved the original store, I stayed subscribed because they said they would update. The updates are mainly ads for other podcasts.

Three Cheers for the Dallas County DA (5/5)

I’m obsessed with this podcast! It should be required listening for anyone in public service. The Dallas County DA’s Office is amazing. Innovation in government is rare, especially in the field of prosecution. Lawyers rely on precedent and many offices would have shrugged this off as a civil matter. It was a political risk, but they did the right thing. They are true heroes!

Hooked (5/5)

very well presented. amazing story. wondery is by far the best podcast producer out there. i listen to so many of their series, and they never fail to deliver intriguing, informative and exceptional podcasts. highly recommend this one.

Pure Evil (5/5)

This show will chill you to the bone. As the host says, it’s about the failures of the Texas medical system as much as it is about Duntsch. If you listened to Dirty John and are coming to this after, be warned: this is on a whole nother level of depravity. Excellent sound design and narration.

Intriguing (5/5)

The story was intriguing and well presented. A little disturbing as being a nurse!

First podcast!!!!! (4/5)

This is so interesting! My first podcast ever and I cannot stop listening

Amazing (5/5)

Fantastic journalism is evident throughout each episode! Eye opening research and accounts of the facts surrounding the cases! I started listening and continued until the conclusion.

Wow (5/5)

This doctor was insane. What the heck? Fellow doctors had to act like cops since the TX medical board wouldn’t do jack. Shoutout to the all the good docs and all the victims of this crazy doctor (if you can even call him that) who lived to tell their stories. My heart goes out to them and I hope they feel a sense of justice now that Doc Death is behind bars for life! Thanks for telling this important tale, Wondery!

Crazy selfish killer (5/5)

Oh I couldn't believe what I was hearing in this podcast. He seemed very in denial with his actions.

Beyond Scary (5/5)

One of the best podcasts, narration, details ect. Gripping and horrifying. Played like a novel. I will always do extensive research on my doctors now because even simple routine procedures can go very wrong 😬😮😳

Blown away (5/5)

I ran through the gauntlet of emotions during this one. Listening to it 4 months after a spinal fusion surgery of my own it really hit close to home. Some people are just evil and this is the story of one of them.

Best podcast! (5/5)

This was such a crazy story and has you sucked in within minutes. Definitely my favorite true crime podcast of all time!

Watch (5/5)

I was instantly drawn to this podcast. This was my first podcast I listened to ever and it drug me in.

Shocking story told well. (5/5)

Loved it. I can’t believe something like thus could happen.

Couldn’t Stop Listening (5/5)

Once I heard the first episode, I couldn’t stop listening. Excellent podcast and a heart wrenching insight into the healthcare system.

Completely Riveting (5/5)

I was instantly drawn in to this incredible story! One of my favorites!

A must listen (5/5)

Could not stop listening. Very entertaining. Highly recommend

Great story but narrator is lacking (3/5)

Fascinating important story that will leave you horrified and enthralled. I have to take exception to the narrator though. She doesn’t touch upon the cover up part - the most egregious part and ask why the victims couldn’t sue them or why individuals at the hospitals were not investigated. cover up is worse than the crime as it usually is and she doesn’t do it Justice. Also her delivery is annoying choppy, almost as if she is trying too hard to sound as if she is t reading a script. She has not take on anything or intelligent insight which is a big part of other good podcasts

Pure Terror A true Monster Bing It! (5/5)

Such a scary story.I feel for these victims.This guy is just a monster.Great podcast.Great interviews.

Heartbreaking story in our healthcare system (5/5)

I currently work in a healthcare system and it’s very frightening to know that a Dr would do something like this... great narration, good content and worth listening to. I must say it’s sad and scary to see what our world has become. Keep up the good work!

Wow! (5/5)

What an intense and heart wrenching story! Well done!

Scary (5/5)

Working in the medical field for years, I have seen the best and worst of doctors. It is scary but a fact, these ppl we automatically trust can be a rotten human. Never fully trust any human.

Healthcare (5/5)

Very well done. Really interesting listening to all interviews, great narration. Still can’t decide if Dr. death is a Sociopath A narcissistic monster, or just a careless greedy man.

Great content but the format leave much to be desired (3/5)

Good reporting but unfortunately, when you remove the ads and promotions for other podcasts there isn’t too much content

One of my faves (5/5)

I just started listening to this podcast today and it has my total attention. At first I thought Mary Steenburgen was narrating this podcast. You sound just like her!

Outstanding. (5/5)

Literally binged this whole podcast during one shift at work. So well done, and absolutely insane!

Truly horrifying - you'll never just trust a surgeon after listening to this! (4/5)

There is something very wrong with the system!! Can this happen elsewhere? Does it? How can this man have graduated from a medical school program? No one noticed his personality disorder and lack of remorse?

Scarily good (5/5)

We’ll researches and narrated. You will cringe and be shocked. One of the better podcasts I’ve listened to.

Terrifyingly Bing Worthy (5/5)

Disgustingly terrifying that they let this man practice medicine! Totally bing worthy with teeth clenching and jaw dropping moment!

Addicted (5/5)

This podcast is absolutely amazing. Great job!!

Shocking and riveting (5/5)

Eye opening podcast on how our medical system is designed to fail us. A must listen!

Dr. Death WOW! (5/5)

I just can’t stop listening.

Compelling (5/5)

I couldn’t stop listening, had me hooked less than five minutes into the first episode

Fascinating (5/5)

I was hooked from the beginning. I really hope you one day get an interview with Duntsch himself.

Dr Death (5/5)

This could happen to anyone. Petrifying!

Dr Death (5/5)

Great pod cast. Enjoyed. Tense at times but great. Thanks

Dr. death (4/5)

Horrific medical stories hope nothing like this could ever happen!

Shocking and Bing worthy! (5/5)

This is the first podcast I’ve been able to listen to and keep coming back! This insanity made my jaw drop multiple times. I love that they are continuing to update listeners after the initial story.

Thank you (5/5)

Thank you to the doctors in this story who stood up for what’s right, and continued fighting to prevent further harm to more people! It is extremely tragic what happened to all the patients mentioned in this podcast. Every healthcare provider should always put their patients first, by advocating for them and preventing harm in the same way that we would want our own loved ones cared for. What this “neurosurgeon” did was criminal, as was the hospitals actions to sweep his conduct under the rug, thinking of money or the potential loss of money before the lives of patients. In order to receive the best care patients and their families should research their procedure and surgeon, then ask lots of questions, and if possible use a referral from someone they trust who has previously received surgery from that surgeon. Thank you for this podcast; the delivery of this podcast was very well done!

So fascinating (5/5)

What a great storyteller and a horrific story! I was completely enthralled and have spoken about this podcast countless times in the months since I first listened to it.

Hooked (5/5)

I was hooked, my wife was hooked, got my mom hooked. We were in disbelief!

Must listen for those in the medical field (4/5)

As a nurse in Texas, I had heard of this case, so it was interesting to hear more in depth investigation. The narration is a bit monotone and a bit hyperbolic at times. The dude that does the ads for the podcast sounds like a serial killer FYI.

Great listen! (5/5)

This will give you chills and make you cry. So so sad. I think it’s awesome the awareness that is being made to people about healthcare.

1st was good (1/5)

Nothing since...other than promotional messages about other shows

Great story (5/5)

Great story telling. Could have used a physician consultant to explain the difference between medical school, residency, and fellowship, and their associated terminology. The reporting blurred these concepts often.

Awesome (5/5)

Great podcast!

Interesting story; not a great podcast (4/5)

The story itself was very interesting. The author was seemingly unbiased but I feel like it was poorly done. It seems choppy and doesn’t flow well. Plus there were so many unanswered questions, I don’t feel like she covered all of the bases. And the ads! Ridiculous.

Meh (2/5)

This was recommended to me by several colleagues of mine. We’re all medical professionals. I feel like this story could’ve been told in 3 episodes and some of the information was repetitive. Not much was shocking. Charles Cullen, now that guy was truly depraved.

True Crime Junkie (5/5)

Wondery has done some great true crime podcasts and this is one of them. Well done. Now when looking for a new podcast I search Wondery first.

A story that needed to be told, but why is the timeline continually out of order (4/5)

I don’t understand why the story is being told in non-chronological order. One case is told and then a case that occurred before that one is mentioned, only to be followed by another reference to an even earlier case. It’s very difficult to ascertain the true order of events, and for no apparent gain in the story telling. That said, this story had to be told and I’m glad it was. It’s an extreme cautionary tale.

Love commercials? (2/5)

This is the one then

Great podcast but with some mistakes regarding training (4/5)

Great podcast but the narrator makes mistakes with regards to the chronology of medical training that’s pretty annoying. Someone doesn’t go from medical school into practice. They go from medical school into residency then possibly a fellowship like this extremely horrible guy did.

So fascinating (5/5)

Binged this podcast on a long flight and it’s just so well done

Intriguing story but very amateur narrator (2/5)

The story of what actually happened is very interesting but the organization of this narration is not done well at all And the narration is very amateur to the point that I felt it interferes with the actual story. The reporter tries too hard to be dramatic. For example she ll say “if the healthcare system couldn’t even protect his patients, how is it going to protect us”. What does that even mean?? I listened to the other Wondery reporting but this one was really hard to enjoy.

Props to the journalist (5/5)

The first two episodes felt a bit choppy, which I understood better after finding out the audio is not Laura's main medium. Besides that, well done. Great, unbiased journalism. I wish we had more journalists like her reporting the news.

Binged!! (5/5)

I literally binged this podcast and couldn’t get enough. I live in Texas and had no idea this was happening. If you’d like to do more stories of physicians in the medical field there have been several in my area from fraud, suicide, injuring patients and sexual conduct of minors.

Binge it!!!! (5/5)

This is amazing I couldn’t stop listening!!!!!!!

Amazing (5/5)

This is an amazing and riveting podcast I almost can’t stop listening it’s a little dark I don’t think I can stop listening

WOW!! (5/5)

This is one of the scariest things I have ever heard. I literally cried hearing what happened to these patients. I have had 3 cervical fusion surgeries and basically I am fused from base of skull to shoulders, I also have lumbar fusion of 4 levels. Basically I have been through the surgeries he screwed up so terrible, these surgeries are scary to begin with for the patients, but this is horrific. I feel so sorry for his patients,spinal surgeries are painful and not decisions that are made easily or taken lightly. Then to have an outcome so detrimental because of a crazy person who has a degree and scalpel. I hope and pray these people are doing the best they can with the tragedies that have been forced on them by this man.

Shocking (5/5)

What a well documented study of how an unethical and untrained surgeon is allowed to manipulate the medical system to continue to practice and maim countless patients needlessly. It is sickening to hear and your heart bleeds for his victims. Shame on the procedures followed by the Texas Medical System to protect the doctor and not the patients

Excellent story telling (5/5)

This story makes me question the medical field. If I ever need neurosurgery I will be asking a million questions

Great story (5/5)

I binged this in just over a day. It’s a great story and I couldn’t stop listening.

Fantastic storytelling (5/5)

Disturbing story, and objectively reported

Will hook you in and terrify you beyond belief (5/5)

This pod cast is like a horrible accident that you are passing on the freeway. You can’t help but look. Thank you for sharing the story and amazing that this happened in Dallas so recently.

Love this podcast (5/5)

Absolutely brilliant. Loved every minute.

Wow!!!! Best podcast ever!! (5/5)

I am a home care nurse and love listening to podcasts in my car and found myself having outloud conversations listening to this podcast . Saying things like “ OMG THATS CRAZY !!! “ and “ WTH who does that ?!?” And then even crying when listening to the patient outcomes . Im so hooked !! Probably best podcast series I have ever listened to !!!

So. Many. Ads (2/5)

Great content. I enjoy this podcast. However, the ads are such a drag. These episodes average 45 mins and contain 4-5 ads each. Super dislike.

Best podcast ever (5/5)

I love this podcast. It is always keeping me on my toes wondering what Dr.Duntsch would do next.I can’t wait for the next part to get more information.

Very well done (5/5)

This podcast was amazing. I was hooked from the very beginning and couldn’t stop listening. I wish there was more!

Episode 5 36:09 (5/5)

Cop: Mr Duntsch how’s it going? Duntsch: Good how are you? Cop: Good how are you doing?

Clear your schedule (5/5)

This is remarkable, horrifying, brutal and enduring. A must listen non fiction story on our healthcare system. Incredible stuff.

So well done! (5/5)

Riveting, well done, loved the narration and great investigative work!

Dr. Death is true scary crazy!! (5/5)

I could not stop listening!! Fantastic podcast

Awesome Podcast!! (5/5)

Awesome story and narrated sooo well! I'm hooked

Dr. Death (5/5)

What an amazing and disturbing story. Definitely dollars are the number one priority, at an unacceptable cost.

Dr Death (3/5)

Fascinating, but sad for those people. My only complaint in listening to podcast on iphone is that the dialogue is sped up, talking way too fast to understand what is being said. Disappointing.

One of the best podcasts (5/5)

Goosebumps throughout every episode. Very well narrated.

Dr Death podcast (5/5)

Captivating, but super scary. ‘Buyer beware’... Di your homework before going in for any procedure!!!

Dr. Death (1/5)

This podcast had me so intrigued ! It was very good

A must listen! (5/5)

Captivating story to say the least. And narrated very well!

So good! (5/5)

I’ve never binged a podcast so fast before! I couldn’t stop listening and being from Dallas made this story even scarier! Loved the delivery from the host as well.

Amazing (5/5)

This is the best story I’ve heard in years! Very captivating! Thank.

Amazing! (5/5)

Fantastically covered story! I need more from this podcast!!!

Mesmerizing, deeply disturbing story (5/5)

This story is more than just a cautionary tale. It blows the lid off of one of the many dirty secrets of our ailing healthcare system. Kudos to host Laura Beil, who brings the investigative journalism skills she honed over decades in newspapers to podcasting.

Dr. Death (5/5)

What an amazing true story! I could not stop listening.

Ads instead of shows. (1/5)

Look, I understand the reasons for ads, and to be fair, the ones here aren’t that bad. But when I’m trying to listen to the show, and every other episode is a plug for another of your shows, I get burnt out. I’m looking for the podcast I subscribed to, so don’t throw shows at me that aren’t your show. That’s what ads are for.

Informative and gripping (5/5)

This show will change your perspective on the trust you may have in medical professionals. Listening to the story of this neurosurgeon is one of the most terrifying I’ve ever heard. Listening to the patients and their personal accounts of what happened to them or their loved ones in an already vulnerable situation will absolutely break your heart. The way this story is told is so great in that it’s laid out in great organization and answers almost every question you could have about this case, what happened and what could have happened differently. It’s also great for those of us who aren’t familiar with the processes of complaints to the medical board. I highly recommend a listen!

Five star (5/5)

I can’t get enough of this story!! Great reporting!

So well done (5/5)

This podcast reminds me how freaking important journalism is. An incredibly frustrating story but so well done and so well narrated.

Excellent (5/5)

This is interesting and disturbing all at the same time. We need to change the way physicians are protected unlike any other service industry.

Hooked! (5/5)

Looking for a new podcast after finishing Cold. I actually rejected the idea of listening to this podcast because it didn’t seem like it would be that interesting. But after reading the reviews I decided to give one episode a chance. Completely hooked. Mesmerizing story of an incompetent narcissistic “doctor” who ruined peoples lives. Didn’t think it would be interesting but it was absolutely fascinating.

Dr Death (5/5)

To many commercials

Very good reporting❗️❗️ (5/5)

I was riveted to the story. The reporting was well done. It’s a good podcast to listen to.

Great (5/5)

An amazing & very scary story. Thoroughly engrossed by it

Binge-worthy (5/5)

Eye-opening, terrifying, fascinating.

Really terrifying (5/5)

I’m dealing with devastating back pain and back surgery down the road. Thank you for this podcast. It’s terrifying.

Good content...but too many random ads (4/5)

Loved the way LB told the story and it makes me look at doctors twice at their referrals and diagnosis. Not saying all doctors at like that, but definitely need to do my own research of doctors out there. My main complain are the excruciating number of ads that are so long and super random.

Too many commercials. (2/5)

Too frequent, excessive commercials.

Excellent all around. (5/5)

This is a terrific documentary. Additionally, I want to compliment Laura on her presentation. Her style, empathy, and professional approach are above reproach.

Dr. Death (5/5)

A friend told me about this so I listened, horrified by what Dr. Duntsch did to these patients, and how he was able to continue doing this to too many patients. And yet I could not stop listening... It is clear that he was not only incompetent but that his medical training lacked the appropriate level of supervision and accountability. While I am not sure this will change much in terms of medical education and training, perhaps we will come away with a newfound respect for the great doctors and yet we will also be leery of surgery and other potentially irreversible procedures. The investigator did a great job!

Too many commercials (2/5)

Too many commercials

5 stars!! (5/5)

I wish there was more! I loved this podcast I binged it in a day!

Awesome! (5/5)

A thriller

So Good! (5/5)

Great podcast and love the style|flow. You’ll never look at doctors the same!

Nope (1/5)

Used to listen until Wondery went all politically correct. smh

Great podcast, Few small complaints (4/5)

Really fascinating and terrifying podcast. Well researched with strong interviews. Definitely worth a listen I just had a few minor complaints which distracted me when listening. First, the host seems to use “medical school” to describe all of medical school, residency, and fellowship. These are very different stages in training with very different expectations, but this distinction didn’t seem especially important to the host. Second, some of the in-podcast ads seemed in very poor taste. After we learn that a woman became quadriplegic in surgery, out of nowhere a male voice says “Stop, look down, wiggle your toes. Feel that?” This seemed like a pretty thoughtless segue to me.

Too many ads (1/5)

Too many ads

Love it (5/5)

Eye opening very well investigated.

Captivating! (5/5)

I have never had such audible reactions while listening to a podcast. Saying “NO!” and gasping! This podcast is well worth the listen. Beautifully told and excellently produced!

Really? (2/5)

By the end of episode two, it is mind numbingly clear the doc developed a maniacal coke habit. End of story. Why are there eight episodes. Why am I still listening?

Good podcasts but (1/5)

Had to unsubscribe because they kept filling my notifications with promotions for other podcasts. No thank you.

Amazing (5/5)

Fascinating. Loved the pace and voice of the narrator. They did a great job of going into Chris Duntsch’s background into his school days so that the listener could get an insight into why he may have become the person he eventually became. Very well done with a lot of depth.

Rating for content (5/5)

The podcast was great. The guy who voices the ads is painful to listen to.

Fascinating and scary! (5/5)

After listening to this podcast, I felt leery of seeing a medical professional, which means it is an extremely compelling story.

Great 👍 (5/5)

Brilliant journalism!

I subscribed to Dr. Death. (3/5)

I subscribed to Dr. Death, not Wondery every new podcast they want to promote. I’ve had to unsubscribe from the spam. The Podcast was good though and the host is great.

OMG (5/5)

This is the best story I have ever listened too. I hope that however listens to this story next enjoys it so much

Dr death. On wondery (5/5)

This multi part podcast was very interesting and engaging. I love the woman hosting it. She moved along and didn’t stray from the subject or put all her opinions and she just told the fax and it was very very good.

Crazy story (4/5)

There were way too many ads for this short podcast. The story is incredibly interesting, but the ads broke it up too much.

So good!!! (5/5)

This podcast is very good! It really keeps you on the edge of your seat and I would definitely 10/10 recommend!!

A must listen to! (5/5)

Who knew that being referred to a bad doctor could ruin the rest of your life. With compassion, great writing and a voice meant for telling stories, Laura takes us through a case that hit Dallas hard. Proves that changes to the health care system are needed. Dr. Death was indeed a criminal and a threat to society. Kiddos to those that brought him to justice!

Dr death (5/5)

Loved it! Thank you for sharing this scary story!

Gave me goddamn goosebumps (5/5)

I can hardly believe the quality of this podcast. It’s totally incredible. For me, it hits way too close to home, as a Dallas native and a healthcare professional. I work in local hospitals. Amazingly, I had never heard of Chris Duntsch before listening to this podcast. It had me yelling at the radio in my car and other moments made my heart drop. I stayed up way too late listening to it. I’m so stunned that there were so many glaring opportunities to do the right thing. And people failed, almost every step of the way. As much as it was a story of this repugnant, sickening doctor, it shined light in this huge hole in our healthcare system. I wish I could go back to yesterday before I listened to it and re-listen to it, it was that good.

Crazytown (5/5)

Great podcast but way too many ads....I had to fast forward way too much.

Literally Couldn’t Quit Listening (5/5)

This podcast keeps you interested, wows you with every new detail, and leaves you a little more nervous to go under the knife.

5 Stars for content with some criticism (5/5)

Fascinating podcast with lots of great investigative journalism. I have two criticisms for the podcast’s creators. One, the theme song for this podcast is silly and off brand. After hearing about a surgeon who’s hellbent on harming patients, the listener shouldn’t hear a rambly Americana song with the lyrics “don’t take no vacations in this land” ::eye roll:: - it’s absurd. Secondly, the ad reads abruptly cut into the podcast with no musical cues. I found that transition irritating and it turned me off to whatever the content of the ad was for. Other than that, excellent podcast that was well worth my time!

Well that was scary and eye opening (5/5)

I experience lower back pain, once upon a time a nurse told me, NEVER EVER get back surgery. After listening to this podcast I am now 100% sure of it. A line that resonates with me from the podcast....being a neurosurgeon is like dancing in a razor blade. Ok got it!

Great podcast! (5/5)

Looking forward to listening for more diff cases

Grabs your attention (5/5)

So well told, keeps you captivated. Needs to be more podcasts like this. Amazing story to here.

Captivating (5/5)

Wow! What a story. Enjoyed this one so much; but don’t deny that this will make you question doctors and I think I may encounter some trust issues if I am ever told I need surgery.

Binged (5/5)

Thanks to Laura Beil for presenting this horror story in a way that I could binge. Thanks to Wondery for bringing this and other excellent podcasts to me.

Riveting podcast (5/5)

Amazing storyteller! Keep hosting!

TOP 5 Favorite for sure!!! (5/5)

This is by far one of the best podcasts out!! The way the story is told is impeccable!! I need more stories like this!!

Dr Death (5/5)

This podcast was incredibly well done!

Shocking! (5/5)

I am in shock. This is a fascinating podcast. Great job.

Dr. Kirby is one of my doctors. (5/5)

I had a spinal fusion in April 2018. Dr.Kirby assisted my Neurosurgeon. He’s a great surgeon! Love this podcast. I feel for these people. Getting a spinal fusion is not easy, I couldn’t imagine how it’d be if my dr butchered me bc he was incompetent.

Good podcast (4/5)

Good story, captivating and sort of addictive. But the advertisements are too much.

Dr. Death (5/5)

Excellent story, well read, well researched!

I'm Astonished (5/5)

This story was so captivating. I listened to it quickly and could not stop! This was a story for nightmares and they did a great job giving history and progress throughout the series.

Warning!! This could be bad for your health!! (5/5)

Brilliant investigative storytelling! Highly addictive but deeply disturbing. Definitely made my long commute go by in a flash!!

Awesome (5/5)

Amazing show to prove how messed up our medical system is and greatly told story and amazing learning experience

Important topic (5/5)

I’m a big fan of Wondery and this topic definitely deserves their attention. Ms. Beil’s impartiality is an important asset in such a podcast because many people’s lives are affected by events that loom this largely. BIG props to the doctors and lawyers that stepped up at risk to their careers to do what they felt was right. As a Dallas/Fort Worth resident it alarmed me that this story wasn’t big enough to hit my news radar. If these men and women hadn’t come forward and pressed the issue then the horrifying environment that allows dangerous doctors to continue to practice would have gone unnoticed by myself. Needless to say, I’ll be a bit more skeptical of accolades or referrals to a new doctor from now on. I wouldn’t be surprised if this podcast saves lives and/or heartache. Excellent reporting.

Wow! Just wow (5/5)

So so scary that it takes so much to get someone like this behind bars. I’m just still in shock. Great podcast!

In depth journalism (5/5)

This is the perfect podcast for a person who loves a journalistic view and a creepy story with beautiful music.

Frightening, cautionary tale (5/5)

Frightening tale of what happens when our trust in doctors/surgeons is taken advantage of by egotistical people with God complexes & the absolute failure of the powers that are supposed to be built-in to the medical field to protect patients.

Binge worthy! (5/5)

One of my favorite podcast! Definitely top 3

Dr. Death (5/5)

An amazing true story. Unbelievable that this “Dr” continued to get hired at other hospitals to continue his horrific surgeries on unsuspecting patients.!!!! Truly everyone who hired him and knew to some extent his reputation, should have been held accountable too. 😤🤦🏻‍♀️ So sad.

Dr. Death (5/5)

Just listened to this podcast yesterday. 24yr OR veteran scrub tech in Ohio. Sadly the administrative portion of how things gets handled with docs is dead on. It’s all about $$. Talking about it with a spine surgeon I work with this morning and he said Dr. D’s name has been around the medical community for several years so that people were aware and were warned NOT to hire him. Our guy knew exactly who I was talking about when I mentioned it. 😳😐

Too many ads (2/5)

The story of the podcast is really interesting however The advertising is over the top it is difficult to follow the story at times because you are constantly interrupted by ads and for this reason I give this podcast two stars.

Couldn’t put it down (5/5)

I’ve listened to a ton of podcasts and this is the only one i just couldn’t stop listening to straight through . Amazing and unbelievable story, very well researched , just enthralling !!

Great Podcast (5/5)

I throughly enjoyed this podcast. As a former hospital risk manager, I can sadly say that it does not surprise me. One of the statements in the podcast, “the hospital after all is a business,” is the reason why such horrific things can happen.

One of the Best Podcasts Ever (5/5)

This was recommended to me by my sister. It was as incredibly fascinating as it was disturbing. This teaching as excellent lesson in standing up for the truth no matter who it impacts.

Physical Therapist (5/5)

I work in physical medicine and see post op spinal surgeries often, so the medical part of this was fascinating for me. Truly like a good book I couldn’t put down. Glad this story is out there, attention needs to be brought to this type of matter because it happens more often than you would think.

Omg! (5/5)

Can’t believe the medical community didn’t say anything. I understand that no one wanted the trouble but they have a responsibility to the public and to their patients. I’ve worked in this field for over 20 years and none of this should’ve ever happened.

Loved (5/5)

Awesome, couldn't stop listening.

Immediately Engrossing (5/5)

This is a great story. Thank you for sharing this horrific tale. It is difficult to hear how lives have been altered. Actually, very difficult- this is not a feel good podcast! I would like to say though that addicts are addicts. The medical system cannot blame one individual but I completely understand each person if they did. Very disturbing story. Great narration!

You will listen to this straight through! (5/5)

This was one of the most gripping and fascinating stories I have heard in a while! You truly feel for all of the victims. Great work by Wondery!

Incredible! (5/5)

I work in Healthcare as a technician working directly with providers and am about to start prerequisites for my RN and this was hard to listen to. This is an incredibly heartbreaking story. It literally brought me to tears more than once. I so appreciate Laura Beil taking this on and really telling the story. The only bad thing I can say is that the commercial they play for socks might be in poor taste, the one that asks you to “look down at your feet and try to wiggle them” and then says “what do you feel? Nothing? That’s too bad.” I know it’s just a big coincidence that it happens to be that commercial but the Wondery people may want to rethink this if they can.

Good podcast (5/5)

Loved this podcast. I had back surgery with great success, so it was extremely difficult to hear what his victims went through.

Incredibly Disturbing & Engrossing (5/5)

This was a difficult story to listen to because i had so much empathy for the victims. Hearing how this monster butchered people, including his best friend, was shocking enough. Most disturbing of all, was how he was able to move from one hospital system to the next, without impunity, to continue his wholesale butchery. But for the efforts of Drs Henderson and Kirby, Dunstch might still be in business. The podcast was well done, building tension throughout.

Excellent (5/5)

Wow! I’ve worked in health care for 23 years and have seen some crazy things, but this beats it all. So many people dropped the ball, which is crazy!

Great story ! (5/5)

I listened to a trailer for this story and was immediately hooked. I too did not think this was something that would be so captivating. It really hits home for my family as my husband has seen a back specialist in the DFW area and also needed a procedure. I feel for everyone who has been affected. Laura did a great job piecing this together.

Retired nurse manager (5/5)

The system is clearly broken. mandatory reporting directly to the medical board (similar to child abuse) must be a standard of all health care professionals. Offer rewards


I am thoroughly enjoying this podcast. The host has got a pleasing voice to listen to, ads are not taking up a lot of time. It is a great program! Thank you for doing this particular podcast about this doctor. It is disgusting to me that the doctors and hospitals care only about themselves, and the public and patients are simply out of luck!

Couldn’t stop listening! (5/5)

I could not stop listening! I’m a nurse, a Quality Nurse! I was a credentialing coordinator and oversaw medstaff committees and what Baylor chose not to report is appalling!!!

Dr Death (5/5)

This should be a good wake up call for us all. Ask questions and keep asking questions. We are the only advocate of our health!

Baylor Scott and White (5/5)

I just read that last year a billboard went up in Plano near Baylor to advertise the podcast ‘Dr Death’. (Baylor is the hospital that fired Dr Death because of botched surgeries, but they didn’t bother to report him to the State or Federal agencies!!). Within hours the billboard had been removed because, according to the Clear Channel billboard company, ‘people complained’.

Dr. Death (5/5)

This story was so chilling, like a mystery book I couldn’t put down!!

Fantastic (5/5)

The Dr. Death story is so disturbing and this series did a wonderful job telling it. I couldn’t stop listening.

Live it! (5/5)

Looking for a podcast that pulls you in and keeps you wanting to keep your earphones in! It was actually a very scary reality that Dr’s aren’t required to participate in a certain amount of surgeries before they get that MD! I actually had 3 brain surgeries and a neck surgery after this podcast and it was so scary to think that we never question their abilities. Very engaging narrative, very informative and suspenseful! One of the handful in my podcast selection I recommend to people! Loved this!! I just hate waiting for more to come lol!

Great Podcast (5/5)

Amazing Podcast. Please do more stories like this!!

One of the best!! (5/5)

One of the best podcasts I’ve ever heard. Put together very nicely and it flowed. The content was unbelievable!!!

Great and Disturbing (5/5)

Fantastic reporting and narrative on this story. It’s sad the system allowed this knucklehead to continue practicing medicine.

Crazy (5/5)

Insanely fascinating

Wow (5/5)

Shockingly fascinating. Couldn’t stop listening!!

Engaging (5/5)

Great job Wondery. If this program and others like it encourage even one person to engage in stopping such travesties, it has succeeded.

Very Interesting (5/5)

Very interesting story, especially for someone who has spinal issues. Very enlightening. Kudos to Dr Henderson and the other Docs who didn’t give up on getting this guy out of the OR.

A binger!! (5/5)

I’m coming to the conclusion that anything related to Wonderly will be outstanding. Of the hundreds of podcast shows I’ve listened to, this is one of a handful I went straight through all episodes in one sitting- which also resulted in me re-organizing my whole closet - double win!! Keep up the good work Wonderly.

Engrossing (4/5)

Stunning and engrossing. You won’t want to stop listening and will binge this like I did. The only reason it’s not 5 stars is because the extra episodes at the end were not necessary at all.

If you like the first season of Serial, you’ll like this podcast! (5/5)

Interesting subject. Very well done podcast. Interesting interviews. The way the story unfolds is really good. Reminiscent of Serial, Season 1.

Interesting story, poorly done (1/5)

Could have been better. Wouldn’t recommend.

Riveting (5/5)

What made this so compelling is that I felt compassion for everyone involved- even Christopher Dunch.(Possible misspelling). He had brains and ambition but lacked the character to go with them.

Love (5/5)

This completely caught my attention & I'm glad I heard about this.

Egregious... (5/5)

I cannot believe the system allowed this former Doctor to get away with so much. Shame on former Dr. Christopher Duntsch. He was an uncover killer and purposefully wanted to kill vulnerable patients. Shame on him. Shame on the system. It is sad that 33 patients had to suffer and some died under his negligent care. Thanks to the whistleblowers who called him out and got him out the Hospitals and out of society. Thanks to Dr. Henderson and Dr. Kirby for pursuing this case all the way until he was locked away! Thanks to Laura Beil for putting this out there for the public to be aware of this so-called crazy former Physician! He really makes it bad for the other Neurosurgeons out there.

Fascinating story (3/5)

Love the podcast but there are way to many advertisements

Floored (5/5)

This podcast provided details I was not aware of and the information just floored me. Great coverage!

Wow. Amazing (5/5)

This podcast was recommended to me by a friend who had met Dr. Dunche and has him before, luckily she is fine, however after hearing what had happened to his other patients, she was terrified!

One of the best (5/5)

This is by far my second favorite podcast. It falls just short of Up and Vanished Season 1 but man is it a close call. I’ve listened to it twice because it’s just that good. Definitely going to be hard to find another podcast to beat this one.

Couldn’t stop listening (5/5)

I binged all 11 episodes in 8 hours. This story just blew my mind.

Can easily see how this can happen (5/5)

Speaking as someone in the healthcare field, it’s very easy to see how this cascade of events could occur.

Well Done! (5/5)

This story was so riveting, I listened to the whole thing in 2-3 days. I cringed at how disturbing this story was, but it’s important to listen to. It really made me realize that I have to do due diligence on my doctors because I cannot expect the hospitals to do so. I hope this story inspires real change in how hospitals vet surgeons.

Binge-worthy - (5/5)

Very disturbing - leaves me in completely different paradigm with regard to surgery / doctors/ medical system in general - doctors are people not gods -

Fantastic podcast (5/5)

This mini series is incredible. The production quality is off the charts. It’s as if Netflix decided to produce a podcast and this was the result. Great work!!

Chilling (5/5)

As someone still a student in the medial field, I cannot believe that this is something that happened in the world, none the less in the state I live in. The fact that there was so much damning evidence for so long and he still managed to hurt 33 people is beyond me. This story is very well presented and will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout.

I’m shocked to find I was hooked (5/5)

I didn’t want to like this podcast because the subject matter made me cringe, but it was completely enthralling. I was riveted in the most uncomfortable and mesmerizing way from beginning to end. There was no lull in this series. The narration was spot on perfection. Two big thumbs up from a reluctant listener. 👍🏻👍🏻

Captivating. (5/5)

Binged within a day or two. Very interesting, yet disturbing story.

Bone Chilling 🦴🦴🦴🦴🦴 (5/5)

I’m hooked bone, spine and sinker 👩🏻‍⚕️👨🏼‍⚕️Never having surgery, EVER🤪

So crazy! (5/5)

So crazy but such a good listen! I binged it in one day.

Fascinating (5/5)

Surprised I hadn’t heard of this case before, this podcast was awesome. Well reported and a nice, quick listen.

Interesting, thought provoking, well done (5/5)

Didn’t think I would like Dr. Death when it was highly recommended by a coworker but when I started it I couldn’t stop. Now my big question is: is there any review happening of Duntch’s residency in Memphis? They were the ones who should have been completely aware of his abilities prior to completing his residency. There was a real failure on their part. I’m a physician and I work with a lot of hard working dedicated professionals but it shocks me that they could let him out to the world and not know that he was completely incapable.

Jaw dropping...and scary (5/5)

This podcast is well written and narrated. I was literally in my car yelling “no freakin way!” on many occasions as I listened on my commute. Unbelievable story...and scary to find out what can (and does) happen in our medical community. Craziness...

Excellent (5/5)

Intriguing podcast. Great narration. This doctor is so unbelievable. How was he allowed to continue his reign of terror? Super freaky to listen to when you have a spine surgery in a few weeks.

Mesmerizing!! (5/5)

I literally could not quit listening to this Pod, so yes, I listened to all of them all day today...

Dr Death is my favorite! (5/5)

Great listening. My daily step count has risen remarkably due to my interest in getting more Podcast time. Definitely my favorite to date!!

Great! (5/5)


Just wow! (5/5)

I have worked in healthcare at a teaching hospital. My jaw just dropped when I heard he had only done 100 procedures documented!

Insane (5/5)

Worth the listen. Just when I thought it couldn’t get more crazy, it did. Absolutely insane.

Dr. Death (5/5)

The plot is fantastic, but the incessant weaving of commercials throughout the story gets a bit frustrating and takes away from the experience. I understand the necessity for and the economics behind paid advertising, but each episode is riddled beyond belief with these ads. However, these incredible shows are available for free so I will gladly skip through ads as needed. Maybe they should offer a paid version without ads. Regardless, keep up the great work!

MD brought to justice (5/5)

As a dear, close friend of a patient this man forever crippled and as someone who clinically treats impaired physicians (not this one), I have seen 1st hand the devastating pain this man caused so many in DFW. There are amazing, dedicated MDs who hold the highest of standards and there are those who do not. I will never again take an MD at face value without thorough research. I’ve seen, heard and treated too much.

My back surgery (5/5)

I absolutely died over this series, listened to it in one day. It was incredibly captivating for me since this past July I had back surgery. I was terrified to hear how incompetent these doctors can be and very thankful for how amazing mine was. This show was actually recommended to me by one of my teachers. I would recommend this to everybody!!

Awesome!! (5/5)

I deliver the mail in the woods of Maine and I’m always looking for a podcast that will hold my attention. I just started listening to this one today and I’ve had it on for hours and love it! It’s intriguing! I really hope that there are more out there that I like as much is this one. You have to listen! And the amount of advertisements you have to listen to is minimal. It’s not annoying whatsoever. It’s a small price to pay to get the stuff for free!

The best (5/5)

So far my favorite series to date. Dr. Death is so well produced from start to finish.

Wow! My mouth dropped multiple times. (5/5)

This is so crazy and it’s true. Wow just wow!! They did a great job outlining the first show. It’s going to be hard for me to stop listening. Thank you so much to the writers for sharing this with everyone. We need to know about things like this.

Wow (5/5)

Great podcast! It details how ill-prepared the surgeon, Dr. Death, is and how our health care system is broken. I hesitated subscribing because of people complaining about frequent ads, but the adds are no more frequent than your average podcast. Ads are what make these podcasts free! If you don’t want adds, sign up for Patreon at $5/ month!

It had me gasping and saying WTH every 3 seconds! (5/5)

It had me gasping and saying WTH every 3 seconds!

Worth your time! (5/5)

A truly terrifying podcast that I couldn’t stop listening to!

Addicting! (5/5)

I don’t know how I stumbled upon this podcast but I couldn’t turn it off after the first episode. Highly recommend!

Peri (5/5)

I love investigative reporting. Listen to the Information that is given. Everything has commercials. It’s not the end of the world.

Excellent! (5/5)

Incredible reporting!! My husband works with patients with back pain. We were shocked at how Dr Death handled his surgeries and even more so with how the Texas Medical Board and hospitals handled his incompetence. Anyone needing surgery should get a 2nd or 3rd opinion.

Too many ads:( (1/5)

Way too many ads

Wonderfully told (5/5)

Though the story is tragic and each episode leaves me in total shock.

Crazy story, great show (4/5)

This show was so interesting. It actually inspired me to look up a doctor I was seeing, and I found out about criminal charges against them! It’s so important to trust your gut and not just go along with whatever a doctor says.

this series broke me (5/5)

one of the most devastating abuses of the healthcare system. i couldn’t get the case of jerry, dr death’s best friend, out of my head for days. the story is sad AF, but informative and well-told.

Highly recommend (5/5)

I absolutely binged listen to this! It was my second podcast I’d ever listened to and it got me hooked!

Accuracy is important (2/5)

Several times, you mentioned that no physician has been found criminally liable For mist treatment of patients. However, that is not true. Please see Michael Swango, who is serving three consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole.

Excellent (5/5)

This is an excellent podcast! I try to listen to many, sometimes I get bored. The story may be interesting, I feel it’s not being presented well. I can’t say enough good comments on this podcast! I understand the research is intense and probably grueling at times. EXCELLENT!!!

Great show (5/5)

I work in surgery, and often in neuro. This story was really good. I just can’t believe this guy made it through all the training and ended up incompetent. I looked forward to every episode.

Good story telling (4/5)

Just the way she reported hard to listen too but the story was awesome!!

Wondery blocks freedom of speech (5/5)

It is 2019 and wondery decides to drop podcasts people enjoy because people can’t be grown up!!!!!!! If you don’t like it don’t listen. I’m deleting all wondery pods. Ridiculous!!!!!!

BringHimBack (1/5)

If I could give zero stars I would. I will no longer support a podcast production company that doesn’t support freedom of expression.

Must listen (5/5)

Eerily engrossing to follow the story of a man so detached from reality. Great reporting, fascinating story.

Amazing (5/5)

This was the very first Podcast I’ve ever listened to. It’s changed my life in so many ways. I won’t get into that but what I’ll say is this story was absolutely amazing. Brilliant writing, brilliant investigating, overall this will b a Podcast you won’t be able to stop listening to and when it’s over you will literally think about it all the time. Wondery is Legendary!!!!!!!

So good! (5/5)

Binged all episodes 24 hours. I am usually just a true crime podcast kind of girl but I loved this!

Compelling listen (5/5)

This is a very good listen, with the exception of the slanted view of tort reform in episode 6. It’s amazing that this individual was allowed to continue injuring people after his reputation became known.

Dr. Death (5/5)

The cover art is what attracted me to the Podcast, being used as a lab rat myself, I was hook at the very beginning. I have been used twice with effects to my health as long as I live.Once is maybe a flock but twice from two different hospitals by two different surgeons was more then coincidence . I am lucky to be alive, but to be alive took other surgeons to fix what was wrong. I tried to find a law firm and one out of 15 that I spoke with that acted like they were going to take my case then one lawyer told me why no one would take my case. No doctor will speak ill of another doctor, is it a creed, brotherhood or fear of being sued. I was told no one in my area won a case against a doctor because people see doctors as healers. But, who does a victim go to that was harmed by a surgeon that didn’t know what they were doing? Who do we have to go to? Money is not the issue ,we are talking about life, mistakes that other doctors can not understand what or why things were done. There is a 2 year period to find someone, I gave up.Both surgeons have moved on to other hospitals, passing them on with no one to follow up with the patient. There are other surgeons and doctors out there besides the man your podcast is about, you just don’t hear about it.It is covered up, glossed over and then the surgeon is passed on to another hospital to do more damage. This is just one surgeon.There needs to be someone to contact that will help the victims .I rate this very high because it happened to me, it can happen to anyone.If there was a 10 star rating, the show wold get that.Highly recommended Podcast. Andrew Williams Rogers Arkansas

Great Podcast! (5/5)

Writing is well done and narration is excellent.

Stop Introducing Other Shows as New Episodes! (1/5)

I subscribed to the Dr. Death podcast, and continued to subscribe to hear about any updates related to this subject matter. It is beyond irritating that ‘new episodes’ show up on my feed and they are simply propaganda for new podcasts. I am unsubscribing and will not listen to anything advertised out of spite. Shame on you!

Dr death (3/5)

The narrators talk way too fast !! That’s my only complaint

WOW (5/5)

For days I looked forward to any opportunity to listen to this podcast! Incredibly engaging & shocking.

Addicting and terrifying (5/5)

This was done so well I had to listen to it all at once. I’m glad this guy was stopped. The pain he left behind is just awful.

My skin is crawling (5/5)

This is a toe curling podcast. Soooo creepy but I cannot stop listening.

Insane (5/5)

So glad this story was covered because I had never heard of it and it’s insane

Shocking (5/5)

This is an incredible story of a terrible doctor and is well researched, written and presented.

It’s an awful story, but a great podcast! (5/5)

I binge-listened in disbelief... very well done and I look forward to more.

Superb Job, Laura! (5/5)

I am an RN and this podcast is one that you will not be able to put away. As a healthcare professional, I am so saddened by the malicious, careless and downright unspeakable acts spoken within this entire series. We are in this profession to provide care, promote comfort, and ensure that optimal services are delivered, while maintaining patient safety standards. As a nurse, I would like to personally thank Dr. Henderson for his ongoing advocacy to the Dallas community, the persistence that was shown by him and for leading by example and giving so many others the empowerment that they needed to now speak up on behalf of a patient that may or may not be in their direct line of care. The passion that you have for healthcare can audibly be heard during the interviews and is inspiring to those of us like myself who too, hold healthcare to the highest standards. Thank you, Dr. Henderson, it gives me pride to share the profession of caring for others like yourself. Many blessings to you all and to the families and victims of this horrific story. You have all shown such bravery and it is truly heroic. Best, Suzanne C. N.C.

Awesome Podcast (5/5)

Sad to see the low scores because of the ads. Like someone else said you can skip them if you don’t want to listen to them. I can’t stop listening to Dr Death.

Interesting as well as frightening. (5/5)

As I listened to this I was horrified that it took so long for anything to occur. Your information was so interesting that I hated to hear the podcast end. Great information.

Great series! (5/5)

Loved it, very compelling!

I couldn’t quit listening! (5/5)

This is a fantastic podcast. I can’t imagine the time, energy, effort, and collaboration it took to put it together. I also don’t know how you managed to condense this twisted tale into six episodes. I heard about Dr. Death on Armchair Expert—another excellent podcast!

Riveting and well done (5/5)

I am a lawyer and former prosecutor. This was so well done and portrayed well the challenges of the legal system.

Solid (5/5)

Laura Beil nailed! Great work!

Fascinating view into doctor's society (5/5)

This tale fully illustrates our ingrained "God Complexes" towards physicians. They have their own society and do not want to "snitch" on their fellow docs. Behaviours like these are even more awful in the way US healthcare systems can charge what they like and get away with it. Google the FL woman's story where she was charged 40K for rabies treatment!

Shocking. (4/5)

This is a podcast that literally had my jaw dropped as I listened to at my desk. Truly a horrifying story. Well presented, with emotional interviews, good details and backgrounds. There are what feels like more and/or longer ads than a lot of podcasts, but the skip button works well.

Very well written! (5/5)

Love the way it is put together and hope to hear more!

Loved It (5/5)

Great podcast, compelling and thorough presentation. I really liked hearing the voices of those who had first hand experience with Dr. Death. My heart breaks for his victims and I applaud those who fought to expose and remove him from the medical community. I only listened to the six-part series, none of the update episodes, but I hope those who were complicit, either deliberately or by inaction, are also brought to justice.

Riveting content (4/5)

Gripping story, pace a little slow.. worth a listen

Excellent (5/5)

Wonderful investigation journalism!

Great story that needed to be told. (5/5)

This podcast really grabbed my attention and was enthralling. While it was horrifying what this doctor did, I admire the heroism of all the good doctors, nurses, and staff that helped stop this doctor. I also think the issue of tort reform was appropriately addressed in this podcast. In my opinion, Obamacare has much more to do with the cost of healthcare today than the results tort reform that was passed in Texas.

Rethinking evaluations (5/5)

This podcast completely made me rethink the power and frailty of letters of recommendation

WOW (5/5)

Very eye opening series. I listen while driving and made some detours to delay my arrival!

Amazingly Done (5/5)

This podcast was amazingly done. I had no idea about this story but I have no doubts about how it was communicated. Lauren was brilliant and excellent in her first voice reporting. And the extra episodes just to keep listeners informed is great!

Outstanding Job (5/5)

It’s a tough listen, but truly worth it. The gruesome surgeries, the absurd behavior of the doctor, the failure of the medical board to take action in a timely manner and revoke Dr Death despite the overwhelming evidence against him.

In my own back yard (5/5)

Very riveting! I live in DFW and it literally gave me chills to know this was happening right here in north Texas, our own back yard

Awesome (5/5)

Loved every episode!

Absolutely stellar, terrifying & riveting podcast (5/5)

This podcast gripped me from the opening moment and didn’t relent until it ended. Incredible reporting, riveting interviews, absolutely unbelievable content. I recommend it to all my friends. I realized I had been driving while listening to it with my mouth open in complete shock, what a sight that must have been. Cannot believe the system failed these patients so badly. Heartbreaking. Just mind blowing and upsetting and fascinating.

Good story. Bad vocal fry (4/5)

If you can get past Beil’s vocal fry, this is a great podcast.

Mediocre (3/5)

Interesting topic for sure, worth the listen. But it just droned on and on for entirely too many episodes. They stretched out a story that could’ve been told in 2-3 episodes into an entire miniseries. By the end I wasn’t even excited to see when they had posted a new episode because they were becoming so long and repetitious. I had to force myself to stick with it.

Captivating (5/5)

I’m still in shock. This is a great podcast, I couldn’t stop listening. Well spoken, interesting, and the story telling keeps you on the edge of your seat. It reminds me of “Serial” except more insane. This is a must listen.

This Podcast is insane. (5/5)

It’s so intriguing, and honestly Laura Beil, reporter and hosted what a perfect fit. I’m on episode 3 and I cannot stop.

Hooked from the start (5/5)

From the moment I started listening I was hooked! Brought so much awareness to the medical community. Just wow.