The conviction of Dr. Duntsch (Dr. Death) in Feb. 2017 for gross malpractice, maiming and killing his patients while under the influence of drugs, was a landmark case and it one of the first times that a physician was convicted for deliberately maiming his patients.
Duntsch’s hands and surgical tools amounted to deadly weapons and he intentionally, knowingly, and recklessly harmed up to 15 of his patients. - reported by CBS DFW,Feb. 2017
Kay Van Wey advocated on behalf of a dozen patients, and their families, who went under Dunstch’s knife and suffered egregious life altering injuries and death.
The passage of time has in no way diminished the impact of the horrific acts of Dr. Death. It is important to:
- Learn from the systemtic failures of the Dr. Duntsch case
- Understand that many of those failures within the medical system still exist, and
- Decide how to best protect your loved ones when they require serious surgery
Below, you will find more about the Dr. Duntsch case and Kay's role in helping place a deadly Dallas neurosurgeon behind bars.
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The need for continued diligence and advocacy for change did not stop at the Duntsch’s conviction. There is a body of evidence, including physician completed surveys, that suggest
10 to 12% have a subtance use problem
Physicians are 30-100 times more likely than the general population to become addicted to narcotics. What protection do you have?
American Bar Journal, 2017
As I have always said and believed, most doctors are good doctors — and good people. But the system for how we identify, report, and stop bad doctors is failing patients. The tragedy of the Christopher Duntsch story is that so many patients were harmed before he could be stopped. This is just incomprehensible and unacceptable.
Kay Van Wey, Sept. 2019
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