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Dr. Death: Created by Patrick Macmanus. With Joshua Jackson, Christian Slater, Alec Baldwin, Dominic Burgess. As patients entering the operating room of Dr. Christopher Duntsch for routine spinal surgeries start leaving permanently maimed or end up dead, two fellow surgeons and a young Assistant District Attorney set out to stop him.
- Promising Beginnings
- The Downward Spiral of Christopher Duntsch
- The Victims of Dr. Death
- Downfall and A Life Behind Bars
Christopher Duntsch was born in Montana in 1971 and raised alongside his three siblings in an affluent suburb of Memphis, Tenn. His father was a missionary and physical therapist and his mother was a school teacher. Duntsch received his undergraduate degree from the University of Memphis and stayed in town to receive an M.D. and Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee Health Center. According to D Magazine, Duntsch did so well in medical school that he was allowed to join the prestigious Alpha Omega Medical Honor Society. He did his surgical residency at the University of Tennessee in Memphis, spending five years studying neurosurgery and a year studying general surgery. During this time, he ran two successful labs and raised millions of dollars in grant funding, according to Rolling Stone. However, it wouldn’t be long until Duntsch’s seemingly perfect career began to unravel.
Around 2006 and 2007, Duntsch began to become unhinged. According to Megan Kane, an ex-girlfriend of one of Duntsch’s friends, she saw him eat a paper blotter of LSD and take prescription painkillers on his birthday. She also said that he kept a pile of cocaine on his dresser in his home office. Kane also recalled a cocaine- and LSD-fueled night of partying between her, her ex-boyfriend, and Duntsch where, after the end of their all-night party, she saw Duntsch put on his lab coat and go to work. According to D Magazine, a doctor at the hospital where Duntsch worked said that Duntsch had been sent to an impaired physician program after he refused to take a drug test. Despite this refusal, Duntsch was allowed to finish his residency. Duntsch focused on his research for a while but was recruited from Memphis to join the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute in North Dallas in the summer of 2011. After he arrived in town, he secured a deal with the Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano...
Over the course of two years, Christopher Duntsch a.k.a. Dr. Death operated on 38 patients in the Dallas area. Of those 38, 31 were left paralyzed or seriously injured and two of them died from surgical complications. Through it all, one way Duntsch was able to lure patient after patient under his knife was his extreme confidence. Dr. Mark Hoyle, a surgeon who worked with Duntsch during one of his botched procedures, told D Magazinethat he would make extremely arrogant announcements such as: “Everybody is doing it wrong. I’m the only clean minimally invasive guy in the whole state.” Before working with him, Dr. Hoyle said that he didn’t know how to feel about his fellow surgeon. “I thought he was either really, really good, or he’s just really, really arrogant and thought he was good,” Hoyle said. He performed only one surgery with the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute. Duntsch was fired after he performed a surgery and immediately left for Las Vegas, leaving no one to look after h...
Dr. Death was fired before the end of his first week for the damage he’d inflicted on Brown and Efurd. After several more months of botched surgeries, Duntsch finally lost his surgical privileges altogether in June 2013 after two physicians complained to the Texas Medical Board. In July 2015, a grand jury indicted Dr. Death on five counts of aggravated assault and one count of harming an elderly person, his patient Mary Efurd, according to Rolling Stone. Christopher Duntsch was sentenced to life in prison in February 2017 for his heinous acts. He is currently appealing this sentence. After this look at Christopher Duntsch a.k.a. Dr. Death, read about how reckless surgeon Robert Liston killed his patient and two bystanders. Then check out the horrifying story of Simon Bramhall, a surgeon who admitted to burning his initials into patients’ livers.
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Dr. Death is an American crime drama miniseries created by Patrick Macmanus, based on the podcast of the same name, focusing on the titular Christopher Duntsch, a neurosurgeon who became infamous for permanently mutilating his patients, killing two of them.
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Jul 14, 2021 · Jerry Summers was a former patient of Dr Death back in 2011.. The pair were childhood friends and eventually became roommates. Summers agreed to let Duntsch perform cervical fusion surgery at Baylor Medical Center in Plano, Texas shortly after.
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