Neurosurgeon Christopher Duntsch had little in his background to predict the trail of surgical atrocities he would commit in his short-lived career. Before he was finally stopped, Duntsch had caused serious neurological injuries to most of his patients and killed two of them. In fact, of the 38 surgeries he performed, 33 were catastrophic.
Join us at the quiet end for Dissecting Dr. Death. After his residency in Tennessee, Christopher Duntsch moved to Dallas to start his neurosurgery practice. Despite rumors that he had been using cocaine, LSD, and prescription opiates while in training, he had excellent references. Once he began performing surgeries in Dallas, Duntsch was immediately recognized as incompetent by other surgeons and OR staff. And, with no indication that he would stop or seek out additional training, it became obvious that he was intentionally harming his patients. But the big question is why?
Anatomy of a Tragedy, Texas Observer, Saul Elbein, 8/28/2013
Christopher Daniel Duntsch v. The State of Texas, 12/10/2018
Christopher Duntsch: A Review of Clinicide, Journal of Forensic Psychology, Robert Kaplan, 11/1/2021
Dr. Death, D Magazine, Matt Goodman, 10/24/2016
The State of Texas v. Christopher Duntsch, Indictments, 7/21/2015