Examining, “The Dr. Death Podcast.” Award Winning Science Journalist, Laura Beil

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Name: Laura Beil

Specialty: Medicine and Science Journalist

Location: Dallas, TX

Today we have award winning science journalist, Laura Beil with us. Her investigative podcast series on the notorious former neurosurgeon, Christopher Duntsch is what brings her here today. Since its release last month, “Dr. Death,” as it is called is now one of top 5 ranked podcasts in the country. You’ve probably heard about this story but just a quick recap before we get started:

In 2011, neurosurgeon Christopher Duntsch began his first practice in Dallas, TX. Through the next two years, he operated on 37 patients. Of those 37, 33 suffered severe injuries and complications. Several were left permanently paralyzed, and two left dead from what all should have been fairly routine, elective procedures.

It’s an appalling story, later described by a surgeon (testifying at Duntsch’s trial) as a “complete and utter failure of the entire system of checks and balances for patient safety.” A failure that likely would have continued were it not for the heroic efforts of other doctors in the Dallas community who battled to stop him.

This episode covers a lot of ground in a short time, including followup information that has come to light since the podcast’s release. There’s nothing enjoyable about this story. But it’s also too important to ignore. With that said, let’s get started…

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How Would Warren Buffett Pick His Doctor? Norman Beck’s Life Saving Story.

Norman Beck at TedX SMU

Norman Beck has been profiled in the New Yorker, he’s shared his story on the stage of TED, he has breakfast with Warren Buffett and Bill Gates every year, and yet, there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of him…until today.

Norman Beck searches for data in hard to reach places. Because he looks where no one else looks, he knows what no one else knows. Norman’s experience and skills were put to the test one day in a doctors office, when he found himself on the receiving end of a life threatening diagnosis. He knew his life depended on the answer to a very serious question: “who is the best surgeon I can find?”

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Do Physicians With More Complaints Get More Lawsuits? Malpractice Expert, Dr. Gerald Hickson.

Gerald Hickson

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Name: Gerald Hickson, MD

Specialty: Professor of Pediatrics and one of the world’s leading experts on medical malpractice risk and patient safety.

Location: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Nashville, TN.

Welcome back. Today we’re going to explore a topic that (while not always fun to discuss) is critically important to you and your patients. To help us out, we’re joined by Dr. Gerald Hickson. Dr. Hickson is one of the world’s leading experts on medical malpractice risk and patient safety. In over 150 peer reviewed articles and chapters, Dr. Hickson has explored questions such as:

Why do patients and families choose to file suit?

Why do most malpractice claims originate from a very small number of physicians?

What can you do to reduce medical malpractice claims risk?

Is there a link between physician behavior and patient outcomes?

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