If this man is your doctor, run away. Christopher Duntsch is terrifyingly incompetent.
Duntsch arrived in Dallas in 2010 to start a neurosurgery practice. In the course of the next three years he would work at several different hospitals, earning infamy for his haphazard surgical technique wherever he went, according to the Texas Observer. His colleagues described him in the harshest superlatives: “worst surgeon I’ve ever seen,” “sociopath.”
“I couldn’t believe a trained surgeon could do this,” Robert Henderson, another surgeon at Dallas Medical Center, where Duntsch performed several operations, told the Observer. “He just had no recognition of the proper anatomy. He had no idea what he was doing. At every step of the way, you would have to know the right thing to do so you could do the wrong thing, because he did all the wrong things.”
In one case, authorities allege, Duntsch operated on his roommate and friend after a night of using cocaine. The man emerged from the operation a quadriplegic. In another, he purposefully left a surgical sponge inside a man’s body. During that surgery, a fellow doctor forced Duntsch to stop operating because of his “unacceptable” technique, the Dallas Morning News reported, citing a search warrant affidavit.
What terrifies me even more, though, is that despite individual complaints from responsible doctors, Duntsch continued to operate for years, moving from hospital to hospital without alarm bells going off, leaving a trail of dead and broken bodies behind him. It took the Texas medical board three years to suspend his license. He’s a scary guy who took advantage of the system.
Fortunately, he’s being buried in a mountain of lawsuits right now, and he’s in jail. He was arrested for shoplifting pants at Wal-Mart. Some things you cannot get away with.
I’m also troubled by one other thing.
He may not be licensed to practice medicine anymore, but Duntsch has remained active in other medical realms. He’s on the board of the journal “Cell Science and Report” from a year-old publisher named MedCrave, which is apparently based in a house in Oklahoma and may be an American “clone” of the Hyderabad, India-based OMICS Publishing Group.
The medical establishment took its own sweet time putting the reins on this psychopath, but the science establishment is taking even longer. If, that is, we can call one of those ghastly for-profit parasitic science publishing houses part of the scientific establishment.