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Neurosurgeon Christopher Duntsch was nicknamed Dr Death: Evil Lives Here investigates his crimes

Mugshot of Christopher Duntsch
Christopher Duntsch was nicknamed Dr. Death due to the injuries he caused his patients. Pic credit: Dallas County Sheriff’s Office

Evil Lives Here: Shadows Of Death is investigating the numerous crimes of former neurosurgeon Christopher Duntsch, who was nicknamed Dr. Death after causing pain, suffering, and even death to multiple patients over the course of two years.

Duntsch was found to have severely botched the spinal surgeries of up to 35 patients and is thought to have been responsible for the deaths of at least two people between July 2012 and June 2013. There were numerous injuries and complaints against Duntsch before his medical license was finally revoked by the Texas Medical Board.

On paper, Duntsch looked more than qualified to be a surgeon; he completed a doctorate of medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and his name had appeared in many papers, but he lacked real-life surgery experience.

Duntsch moved to Dallas, Texas, after university, where he operated as a neurosurgeon at several hospitals. What he lacked in experience he often made up for in confidence. Colleagues said he confidently boasted about being the best but that he also had a friendly manner that endeared him to patients and fellow surgeons.

Christopher Duntsch left his patients paralyzed and in pain

Unfortunately, of the 38 surgeries that Duntsch performed over the course of two years, he botched all but three. He left his patients in excruciating pain and with multiple health conditions. Two surgeries even led to the deaths of Floella Brown and Kelli Martin.

But it was the case of Mary Efurd that led to Duntsch being convicted in court. He was found guilty of malpractice and malicious and reckless actions during a spinal operation that left her paralyzed.


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