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Dr. Meredith Grey (Portrayed by Ellen Pompeo)
Appears in Grey's Anatomy (S1-present); The Video Game; Station 19 (S1)
"I'm a doctor. Dr. Grey. I'm a surgeon, just like my husband was. I know how this works. You've waited the requisite number of hours, and now you can officially declare him dead. Normally, you'd talk to me about organ donation. But by the looks of his chart, there's not much left that works to donate. So, the ICU needs a bed. Those must be the papers... the papers you want me to sign to decide what to do with my husband... Now that he's dead, but not really dead. [...] Does that about cover it, doctor? Is that what you want to talk to me about... while I sit here with my sleeping children? You want to talk about killing my husband? Give me the papers."Meredith Grey is the Narrator for the series, giving a voice-over dialogue for every episode (with very few exceptions). Daughter of a world-famous surgeon, she has been dogged by allegations of nepotism—especially after she also found out that she was sleeping with her boss, also-world-class neurosurgeon Derek Shepherd. The show follows her adventures as she attempts to navigate the world of internship (and eventually residency) at Seattle-Grace Hospital. As the star of a medical drama, Meredith deals with a lot of crap.
- Abusive Parents:
- Ellis Grey was extremely negligent and incredibly harsh to Meredith. As Alzheimer's sets in, we get scenes of her yelling about how little she respects her daughter.
- Her father, Thatcher, flat-out abandoned them both in Meredith's childhood and again in adulthood.
- Aloof Big Sister: Is this to Lexie at first, but thaws the ice as the two grow closer.
- Broken Bird: Whooo boy! One has to wonder if Shonda Rimes has an enemy out there named Meredith Grey for all of the crappy things that happen to Meredith starting from before the show even starts, never mind what comes after.
- Character Development: In the fourth season, she starts talking therapy and begins to actually acknowledge and address her problems.
- Character Title: The show is called Grey's Anatomy for a reason.
- Cool Big Sis: Eventually evolves into this for Lexie.
- Disappeared Dad: Her dad abandoned Meredith and her mother when she was a child.
- Drowning My Sorrows: Meredith and tequila.
- The Eeyore: To the point she used to call herself "dark and twisted". Eventually with Character Development (and a little help from therapy) she grows out of it a good deal.
- Happily Married: To Derek. Initially anyway.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Cristina. So much that Meredith mentioned that she was the third wheel of her mariage, which is incidentally falling apart now that she left. She even wonders if she is the love of her life, but makes it clear she is not attracted to her at all in a sexual way.
- In-Series Nickname: Following her plane crash, she became a frightening attending, described as a monster of mythic proportions, awarding her the nickname of Medusa.
- Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: Before settling down with Derek.
- Love Triangle: With Derek and a variety of other men, such as Finn. Also with Derek and Addison.
- Missing Mom: Loses her biological mother in 3x17, though this allows her to bond with her father's new wife Susan. Then she dies six episodes later.
- Morality Pet:
- For Richard, who sees her as a daughter due to her being the child of the woman he loved as well as having seen her growing up from afar.
- Also for Alex. Though they were at odds with each other at first, Meredith eventually became one of the few people Alex would open up and talk to aside from Izzie (who was his Love Interest and who he had a Slap-Slap-Kiss relationship for the most part anyway). Indeed when he tells on Meredith on season eight, Cristina calls him on it by saying that he has just hurt the one person who ever cared about him.
- Really Gets Around: Before her relationship with Derek stabilized, she was in the habit of getting drunk and picking up random men for one night stands.
- 10-Minute Retirement: Along with the other plane crash survivors to protest the sale to Pegasus.
- Trauma Conga Line: She's the star of a Medical Drama. What do you expect?
- To elaborate: she has a Disappeared Dad, a famous surgeon mother who was very cold towards her and believed her to be average. Then, when she joins Seattle Grace as a surgeon, she has to deal with even more hardships which stretch the lines of a medical soap opera. This includes stopping a bomb with her finger during surgery, witnessing her husband get shot, being held at gunpoint, miscarrying, losing her husband in a car crash, being assaulted by a patient. At one point, she died (though got better).
- "Well Done, Daughter" Gal: Toward her mother. Her father too, to a lesser extent.
- You All Meet in a Bar: How she met Derek.
Dr. Alex Karev (Portrayed by Justin Chambers)
Appears in Grey's Anatomy (S1-present); Private Practice (S2); The Video Game; B-Team
"Surgeons are all messed up. We're butchers, messed-up knife-happy butchers. We cut people up, we move on. Patients die on our watch, we move on. We cause trauma, we suffer trauma. We don't have time to worry about all the blood and death and crap it really makes us feel. Doesn't matter how tough we are, trauma always leaves a scar. It follows us home, it changes our lives, trauma messes everybody up, but maybe that's the point. All the pain and the fear and the crap. Maybe going through all of that is what keeps us moving forward. It's what pushes us. Maybe we have to get a little messed up, before we can step up."A late addition to the pilot (Chambers had to be stitched in during re-shoots), Alex personifies Troubled, but Cute and benefits from the All Girls Want Bad Boys trope. When not sleeping his way through the interns, he's also a pediatrics specialist, suggesting that his Manchild tendencies are good for something.
- Advertised Extra: In season 1, anyway. There was a recurring nurse that had more screentime than him at the time. After season 1, this became a non-issue.
- Character Development: Went from a Jerkass intern at the hospital to much more well-mannered man who displayed more empathy towards his co-workers and patients. He even became Meredith's person after Cristina's departure, and these guys didn't exactly see eye-to-eye in earlier seasons.
- A Day in the Limelight: Narrated a Season 9 episode instead of Meredith.
- Disappeared Dad: druggy, alcoholic, abusive. Played by James Remar.
- Dr. Jerk: He is rather cold, callous and brusque.
- Freudian Excuse: Had a shitty childhood, with an abusive father, causing him to be put in foster care in his teens. Then he dates a patient who later goes crazy. Just when things start to be looking up for him after getting together with Izzie, she gets cancer, leading to their marriage. Then Izzie gets fired, she leaves him, then gets shot and almost dies in an elevator giving him PTSD. Then his brother has a mental break due to his schizophrenia, trying to kill his sister, causing him to be put in a mental institution. Now he has survivor's guilt after the plane crash, which he was supposed to be on. No wonder he sleeps with interns.
- Jerkass: Initially, Alex started out as a character whom most fans would attest was unlikeable. By season 13, he was considered one of the best characters on the show.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Eventually.
- Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk: At his worst.
- Love Triangle: Between Izzie and Lexie, but then Izzie left him and Lexie died. He's currently dating Jo.
- Promotion to Parent: Took care of his younger brother and sister because of their parents' mental problems/drug addictions.
- Really Gets Around: Tends to sleep with interns a lot.
- Relationship Upgrade: In Season 11, Alex discovers he is now Meredith's "person" due to Christina's departure. He attempts to help Meredith with Margaret Pierce claiming to be her half-sister.
- Troubled, but Cute: He has a lot of issues but he is still attractive.
Dr. Miranda Bailey (Portrayed by Chandra Wilson)
Appears in Grey's Anatomy (S1-present); Private Practice (S2-3); The Video Game; B-Team
Originally nicknamed "the Nazi" for her no-nonsense attitude, Bailey was gradually revealed to be Not So Above It All. One of the few characters that every other character likes. Has a son, Tuck, by her husband Tucker.
- Black and Nerdy: If we're to believe the descriptions of her as a teenager: she was part of the school band, was smart enough to tutor other students and has some knowledge of science fiction which she retains to this day.
- Brutal Honesty:
- To the point people expect her to lay "The Reason You Suck" Speech lectures every time they do something wrong.
- When Burke asks her in episode two what she really thinks of his character, Bailey says she isn't supposed to, since he is her superior. He tells her she can be completely honest for the next 30 seconds. She proceeds to totally tear him down, and when he tries to interrupt, she says she still has a few seconds left.
- Deadpan Snarker: Nearly from her first appearance."I have five rules. Memorize them. Rule number one, don't bother sucking up. I already hate you, that's not gonna change."
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: After she accidentally gives several patients a staph infection, leading to their deaths. It's discovered that the gloves mandated by the Corrupt Corporate Executives at Pegasus Holdings were defective, but Bailey still takes it hard. Very hard.
- In-Series Nickname: In fact, she earned two nicknames.
- She was once called "The Nazi", because she was the most severe doctor at the hospital. She didn't mind being called that, since she likes names that inspire terror. However, after her surgery on a racial supremacist (who had the Nazi swastika tattooed on his torso), she made it pretty clear that no one was allowed to call her that anymore.
- Beginning season 9, she has a new nickname, radically different from her ancient one: B.C.B, which stands for Booty Call Bailey. She is not amused when she discovers it.
- Mama Bear: Toward her son, Tuck, along with her former interns.
- Married to the Job: Almost literally, after her divorce from her husband.
- Not So Above It All: In earlier seasons she was usually portrayed as the Only Sane Man in a hospital full of relationship drama. Eventually Bailey got enough storylines that show that she can be just as quirky as any of the other characters.
- One of Us:
- In-universe: After a teenager gets himself encased in concrete, she bucks him up by referencing Han Solo's adventures in carbonite.
- In season 9 when she and Webber are accompanying the survivors of the plane crash on their flight back to Seattle she tells Dr. Webber she keeps thinking they're going to crash on a tropical island and be attacked by a polar bear.
- Parental Favoritism: Played with. The interns are not actually her children, but she refers to them as such several times in later seasons, claiming to have raised them, and in season nine she admits to Grey she had a favorite among them: George O'Malley.
- Platonic Life-Partners: Miranda will drop everything to help Richard (including operating in emergency on Adele, Richard's wife, on her wedding day), and Richard is very protective of her. Their relation is so strong that Adele actually wondered if Richard didn't cheat on her with Miranda. Also, in season 9, Miranda takes it very hard when she believes Richard turned his back on her, something which pushed her even deeper into her massive Heroic B.S.O.D..
- Runaway Bride: Was engaged to marry Ben. Didn't at first, because Adele came into the hospital, but eventually did.
- Sassy Black Woman: Has her moments.
- Second Love: With Dr. Ben Warren.
- Team Mom: To the interns, who she several times refers to as her "babies" or "children" (no, not always in a good way) and to an extent to the whole known hospital staff. If they have a problem or need some advice, they usually go to her, even knowing they might get lectured.
Dr. Richard Webber (Portrayed by James Pickens Jr.)
Appears in Grey's Anatomy (S1-present); Private Practice (S1-2); The Video Game; B-Team
"Each of you comes here today a hopeful. Wanting in on the game. A month ago you were in med school being taught by doctors. Today, you are the doctors. The seven years you spend here as a surgical resident will be the best and worst of your life. You will be pushed to the breaking point. Look around you. Say hello to your competition. Eight of you will switch to an easier specialty. Five of you will crack under the pressure and two of your will be asked to leave. This is your starting line. This is your arena. How well you play? That's up to you."The Chief of Surgery at Seattle Grace, Dr. Webber is just as no-nonsense, and just as secretly-a-Team Dad, as Bailey is. A well-respected surgeon who has spent most of his career in Seattle, he also carried on a long-term affair with Meredith's mother Ellis, while his own wife Adele looked the other way. He is also the closest thing to a father figure Meredith has.
- The Alcoholic: Recovering but fell off the wagon in season six, he gets better.
- Badass Teacher: God help you if you ever threaten his hospital and his students.
- Cool Teacher: Was one to Miranda during her internship, and the two of them developed a strong relationship based on mutual respect and actual friendship.
- Da Chief: Stepped down in season six after falling off the wagon, and in season eight to take the fall for Meredith after she tampers with Derek's clinical trial.
- Henpecked Husband: There's very few people he's more straight up obedient towards than Adele.
- Long-Lost Relative: his daughter Maggie, the result of his affair with Ellis Grey.
- Love Triangle: Between Adele and Ellis. Notable for being part of his Backstory and for having gone on for a very long time.
- Married to the Job: So much that it was one of the reasons he neglected his wife.
- Missing Mom: We learn in season 13 that his mother died of pancreatic cancer when he was 10.
- Morality Pet: Meredith. As Derek notes, Richard is the picture of professionalism in all things regarding the hospital, except for when something concerns Meredith Grey.
- Not So Above It All: Despite being the Team Dad as well as Da Chief, and being one of the characters who most gives the "life lectures" Grey's is so well-known for, Richard has several moments of this.
Richard (to Alex, after catching him in the act of pulling pranks): You need to step up your game.
- He has quite the competitive side, and has entered several silly skill disputes, such as with Cristina in an early season.
- There is one instance where he helps Alex to pull off pranks on a male nurse who Alex really dislikes. He became quite more relaxed ever since he forwent his job as Chief of Surgery.
- Parental Substitute:
- To Meredith. Having an affair with her mother and contributing to her broken childhood by means of Bystander Syndrome is a source of deep guilt to him, and he has a strong fatherly and protective instinct towards her. It takes Meredith a while to fully accept it.
- To Jackson in later seasons, after marrying his mother Catherine. Interestingly, both Meredith and Jackson have desconstructed Richard's role as this in different occasions by reminding him that he is not their father, and Richard admitted as much, but reconstructed as their relationships still stand as this anyway.
- Platonic Life-Partners: Miranda will drop everything to help Richard (including operating in emergency on Adele, Richard's wife, on her wedding day), and Richard is very protective of her. Their relation is so strong that Adele actually wondered if Richard didn't cheat on her with Miranda. Also, in season 9, Miranda takes it very hard when she believes Richard turned his back on her, something which pushed her even deeper in her massive Heroic B.S.O.D..
Dr. Arizona Robbins (Portrayed by Jessica Capshaw)
Appears in Grey's Anatomy (S5-present)
"This is not general surgery in miniature. These are the tiny humans. These are children. They believe in magic. They play pretend. There is fairy dust in their IV bags. They hope, and they cross their fingers, and they make wishes, and that makes them more resilient than adults. They recover faster, survive worse. They believe."An attending physician in pediatrics, Arizona was raised in a military family and was named after a battleship. She is The Spock to Callie's McCoy, despite being typically more upbeat and childlike in comparison, and the two have formed a stable marriage together.
- An Arm and a Leg: The plane crash results with her having her left leg amputated above the knee.
- Cigarette of Anxiety: Arizona smokes when she is nervous, a habit that she hates.
- Comfort Food: When her brother died, she ate a lot of donuts to feel better.
- Disabled Snarker: During recovery after the plane crash, Arizona snarks at Callie out of resentment that she allowed Arizona's leg amputation.
- Exiled to the Couch: She sleeps on the couch until Callie is ready to forgive her for cheating with Lauren.
- Fatal Flaw: Spends an episode trying to figure out hers, due to Mark saying she should know what it is before trying to get Callie back after leaving her to go to Africa and then coming back. At the end of the episode he tells her that her flaw is that she bails when things get hard, which makes her unreliable.
- Genki Girl: Especially during work, where she has to play the part to sick children. Though she's quite energetic out of the hospital too.
- Happily Married: To Callie until they separated.
- Has a Type: So far her two significant relationships have been with Callie and Eliza, both are vaguely ethnic (Ambiguously Brown and foreign language speaking) orthopedic surgeons.
- Has Two Mommies: She has a daughter, Sofia, with Callie.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Following her amputation, she just lies on her bed, doesn't seem to leave her apartment, which she still shares with Callie, and doesn't take care of her daughter. She harbors a lot of resentment towards Callie too, and not even the death of Mark seems to move her.
- Lipstick Lesbian: Arizona is rather feminine in appearance and personality, and she is attracted to women.
- Military Brat: Her father is a colonel, and her brother died in war. She was even named after a battle ship.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: For Nick, an old friend, who refers to her by many nicknames — all of which are cities in Arizona. This leads to her "My name is not Flagstaff" speech which is really about dealing with loss.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: In season six.
- Really Gets Around : Before getting married to Callie, slept with a lot of nurses of the hospital and after her break-up with Callie, with the help of wingman Richard Webber.
- The Mentor: To Alex, when he starts to specialize in pediatrics. When Callie suffers a car accident and has a high-risk operation with Arizona watching from the gallery, Alex leaves said surgery to go to Arizona's side.
- 10-Minute Retirement: Along with the other plane crash survivors to protest the sale to Pegasus.
- Token Minority: Not for Grey's itself, which actually has a more racially diverse cast that Real Life Seattle, but for the television industry as a whole: when Robbins was Promoted to Opening Titles, she became the only lesbian starring character on primetime television.
- She's now a Twofer Token Minority because she is a lesbian and physically disabled.
- Your Cheating Heart: On Callie with Dr. Lauren Boswell at the end of Season 9. The marriage ain't so stable now.
Maj. Dr. Owen Hunt (Portrayed by Kevin McKidd)
Appears in Grey's Anatomy (S5-present); B-Team
"I am the chief of surgery and this is an order. Stab Dr. Robbins in the foot right now!"A former Combat Medic who toured in Iraq, Hunt serves as Seattle Grace's foremost trauma surgeon. He has an aggressive, sometimes-unorthodox training style and a lot of confidence, which endeared him to Cristina. However, he wants children and she doesn't, which has proved to be a source of friction in the past.
- The Atoner: For the plane crash, with a dose of trying to avert the Bystander Syndrome, after discovering that he signed off on changing the charter company contract without bothering to check the new company's safety records.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Cristina and Owen did not talk about the abortion ever since it happened, leading to suppressed emotions and Owen breaks in mid Season 8.
- Da Chief: Starting in the third episode of season eight.
- Declaration of Protection: Owen tells the shooter that if he touches Cristina, he will kill him. There are also other events where Owen saves and protects Cristina from harm.
- Happily Married: Zigzagged Trope. He and Cristina get married, but it only works out so well because he wants Babies Ever After and she doesn't.
- Amicably Divorced: Then they go for this, and are arguably closer as exes than as spouses.
- The McCoy: To Cristina's Spock.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: In season five, episode six.
- Sole Survivor: After his first appearance, he returned to Iraq, where his entire unit was slain.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Suffered from PTSD upon his return. This was his major arc throughout season five.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Cristina and Owen love each other but have faced countless obstacles in their relationship and break up every season (But eventually they get back together. This remains to be seen in Season 10)
- 10-Minute Retirement: In Season Nine, in protest of the other characters' ten-minute retirements. His is even shorter than theirs, lasting less than an episode.
- Trauma Button: Wakes up strangling Cristina. His therapist later informs him it was likely because of her ceiling fan - the blades symbolic of the propellers on a helicopter.
- Your Cheating Heart: Sleeps with a patient's friend while angry with Cristina over her abortion.
Dr. Jackson Avery (Portrayed by Jesse Williams)
Appears in Grey's Anatomy (S6-present)
Catherine: Nepotism is for the weak.
Jackson: That's what my birthday card always said.One of four new residents introduced in Season Six after Seattle Grace merges with the nearby Mercy-West hospital, Jackson was originally viewed by the main characters as interference and competition. Time and familiarity have made him more accepted, however, and he is currently a plastic-surgery fellow. Though his grandfather is the famous Harper Avery (of the Harper Avery Foundation, and the Harper Avery Award), and his mother the nearly-as-famous Catherine Avery, Jackson was never pushed much because he was "just the pretty one," and became a driven surgeon of his own accord.
- Brainless Beauty: Subverted. He is often mentioned to be very attractive by nearly everyone who meets him and the fact that beauty might be all he has is often brought up. His own family seemed to rule his out as this trope, and he had to work hard to show he was just as smart as anyone.
- Big Brother Instinct: To April, following her nearly losing her virginity to Alex, causing him to punch Alex in the face.
- The Charmer: Desconstructed. At point he tries to use his looks to get Teddy to let him do some surgical procedures, by batting eyelashes and flirting. She ends up confronting him by having Jackson answer a quick quiz about a heart surgery, to make sure he really isn't a Brainless Beauty after all.
- Disappeared Dad: Abandoned him after he couldn't handle the pressure of being an Avery. His mother Catherine (who presumably married into the family, since she still goes by Avery today) raised him single-handedly. He later visits his father in Montana in season 13, though wants nothing to do with him.
- Mr. Fanservice: See Walking Shirtless Scene.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: In season seven.
- Sex Equals Love: At first played straight. Subverted after April's pregnancy scare.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Tends to take his shirt off frequently.
- What Beautiful Eyes!: People often comment on his green eyes, usually when talking about how handsome he is.
- Will They or Won't They?: with April.
- You Are in Command Now: The bankruptcy plot is resolved when the Harper Avery Foundation buys out the hospital, unexpectedly resulting in Jackson becoming chairman of the board.
Dr. April Kepner (Portrayed by Sarah Drew)
Appears in Grey's Anatomy (S6-present)
"In trauma, we're concerned with one overriding question. How did this happen? What was the mechanism of injury? How do we see past the mess and confusion of trauma to figure out what the damage actually is? Infinite possibilities put the patient on the table in front of you. Now you have to figure out, will they live? Will you be able to save them or are they a lost cause?"Another of the newly-introduced residents, April has gone on to be a trauma surgeon. She is principled, hard-working, neurotic and—quite surprisingly for the show—a 28-year-old virgin, by choice. Rhimes created the character as a Designated Monkey to be disliked and fired after two episodes, but changed her mind and kept her around; this might explain the audience's divisive response to the character.
- Break the Cutie: To start, getting fired, tripping over the body of her best friend and getting covered in her blood during the season 6 finale. Then in season eight, she loses her virginity to Jackson, the guilt over breaking her promise to Jesus causes her to fail her boards, causing her to get fired by Owen and all of her offers rejected.
- Butt-Monkey: Among her peer residents, who mostly just considered her annoying or didn't take her seriously. They didn't even see her as a contender in the run for chief resident, and when she won the job, it took a long while for her to get their respect.
- Characterization Marches On:
- When she first arrives to Seattle Grace, much like the other residents from Mercy West she acted a tad rude to others and sometimes had a feel of Bitch in Sheep's Clothing going on. After she gets fired and returns, she is a lot better and plays more the part of The Ingenue and Genki Girl, though she slipped back into her old part a few times. Meredith even lampshaded at one point, and she apologized saying it was habit.
- In the episode which reveals April is still a virgin, she gives as main reason the fact that she waited too long, and men seem to find her annoying. She even gets close to sleeping with Alex of all people, thanks to a newfound crush. In later episodes however anything about her chastity is portrayed to be closely related to her Christianity and that she didn't have sex before because of a promise to Jesus, which makes those other episodes mentioned before quite the Early Installment Weirdness for that aspect of her character.
- Chaste Heroine - Used to be, until she lost her virginity to Jackson.
- Genki Girl: She's a ball of uptight energy.
- Good People Have Good Sex: Starts getting on with Jackson, repeatedly.
- Happily Married: To Jackson, at first. But now they're not even married anymore.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: In season seven.
- Odd Friendship: Uptight, conservative April with upbeat, confirmed-lesbian Arizona.
- Once a Season: Gets fired. Possibly a nod to her original purpose.
- Open Mouth, Insert Foot: She is rather prone to saying the wrong thing at the wrong time.
- Outliving One's Offspring: Her first child with Jackson is stricken with osteogenesis imperfecta, and dies in the womb.
- Second Love: Matthew, an EMT who is also waiting for marriage.
- Runaway Bride: Until a love confession from Jackson prompts her to leave her husband standing at the altar while she and Jackson run away in his car, and get married fifteen hours later.
- Took a Level in Badass: Kepner slowly but surely become more assertive as more time passes. Eventually, in season 11, she decides to join the army to treat people on the field. Nearly a year after, she is back, and by the conclusion of "Time Stops" there is no doubt that she is badass.
- Wacky Marriage Proposal: Matthew arranges a flashmob to the tune of The Proclaimers' "(I Would Walk) Five Hundred Miles", which Meredith declares true proof that he and April are perfect for each other. She accepts.
Dr. Maggie Pierce (Portrayed by Kelly McCreary)
Appears in Grey's Anatomy (S10-present); B-Team
"Okay, it's not Mississippi Burning or anything, but it is all over. It's when people assume I'm a nurse. Or when I go to get on an airplane with my first-class ticket, and they tell me that they're not boarding coach yet. It's like a low buzz in the background, and sometimes you don't even notice it, and sometimes it's loud and annoying, and sometimes it can get dangerous, and sometimes it is ridiculous, like right now."Current Head of Cardiothoracic Surgery, she revealed to Richard Webber shortly after starting work that Ellis Grey is her birth mom.
Dr. Amelia Shepherd (Portrayed by Caterina Scorsone)
Appears in Private Practice (S3-6); Grey's Anatomy (S7, S8, S10-present)
"I'm being a superhero. [...] There's a scientific study that shows that if you stand like this, in superhero pose, for just five minutes before a job interview or a big presentation or a really hard task, you will not only feel more confident, you will perform measurably better."Youngest sister of Derek Shepherd, and also a neurosurgeon. Had some drug and alcohol problems that she has now recovered from, and formerly worked with Addison in LA before moving to Seattle. She took Derek's job as the Head of Neurosurgery.
- The Alcoholic: Got better.
- Always Second Best: Feels that way about her brother.
- Dark and Troubled Past: A former alcoholic, lost her fiancé to a drug overdose, and her baby son died less than an hour after his birth.
- Death by Irony:
- Her son was born without a brain (and dies quicky), she even says "My baby has no brain. No brain. I'm a damn neurosurgeon and my baby has no brain. I would say God has a sense of humor but [...] no god would do this."
- She doesn't die herself, but does have a really big brain tumor for ten years that she completely missed. It's been affecting her judgement and receptiveness for her entire medical career.
- Dynamic Akimbo: Uses the superhero pose to psych herself up first before starting the "impossible" surgery on Herman, and then before going in to have her own brain tumor operated on.
- Outliving One's Offspring: Her baby lived for 43 minutes.
Dr. Carina DeLuca (Portrayed by Stefania Spampinato)
Appears in Grey's Anatomy (S14-present)
A girl in a bar that charms Arizona with her accent and falling over English idioms, she gets taken home where Andrew walks in and reveals that she's his sister. She then starts research at Grey Sloan, observing the female orgasm and embarrassing Arizona and Andrew frequently.
- Bi the Way: When she thinks Arizona has called their thing off due to Sofia moving back, she gets it on with Owen. Unfortunately for Andrew, he'd just moved in with Owen to escape his sister sleeping with his roommate.
- Malaproper: Arizona finds her getting words a little wrong cute, except when she flubs a phrase and it sounds much worse, like saying she "screwed a dog". You "screwed the pooch". What makes this better is the fact that particular phrase is so North American that it still sounds wrong to everyone else (including some Americans from different States), beyond what they gather from context (she screwed up, a simpler phrase that could still have been accidentally butchered for the funny).
Dr. Josephine "Jo" Wilson/Brooke Stadler (Portrayed by Camilla Luddington)
Appears in Grey's Anatomy (S9-present)
One of a new crop of interns introduced in Season 9 and Promoted to Opening Titles in Season 10, Jo seems to have it all together, with Alex mockingly calling her "Princess." But this is Grey's Anatomy, of course she has a Dark and Troubled Past.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Her former husband used to beat her and almost killed her. She changed her name so he couldn't find her. And before that, she was abandoned as a baby, went through several foster homes, and once lived out of her car as a teenager
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Benefits from it at one point, with at least one Lampshade Hanging / deconstruction behind her back.
- Freudian Excuse: Jo suffers from PTSD after the physical abuse she suffered at the hands of her husband, when she attacked Jason Myers and put him in the hospital it was likely an adrenaline rush 'fight or flight' reaction she could not control. She said he 'grabbed her'.
- In Universe Nickname: Cristina calls her "Ponytail." Alex calls her "Princess."
- Like Brother and Sister: with Alex.
- Will They or Won't They?: ...until it isn't.
- Mysterious Past: Was formerly married to someone she's running from, who may be still trying to find her. And "Josephine Wilson" is not her real name.
- Parental Abandonment: Was abandoned by her mother when she was 6 weeks old, bounced around foster homes until she started living out of her car aged 16.
- Promoted to Opening Titles: In Season 10.
Dr. Leah Murphy (Portrayed by Tessa Ferrer)
Appears in Grey's Anatomy (S9-10, S13)
The sarcastic one of the group. She's careful about who she lets her guard down with.
- Ambiguously Gay: Sleeps with Alex, and then with Arizona... and then never expresses romantic or sexual attraction to anyone after that. It's terribly unclear whether she was bisexual to start with, or if she just decided that If It's Arizona It's Okay.
- The Bus Came Back: After leaving for not performing well in the residency program, she excels elsewhere and is welcomed back to the program/show when Penny leaves. This causes some shake-ups in the show.
- If It's You, It's Okay: Maybe with Arizona.
Dr. Benjamin "Ben" Warren (Portrayed by Jason George)
Appears in Grey's Anatomy (S6-present); Station 19 (S1)
An anesthesiologist from Mercy West, introduced in the 6th season during the merger arc. He quickly becomes romantically involved with Bailey, though this becomes complicated by his dreams of pursuing a further education and becoming a full-blown surgeon.
- Family Versus Career: A Rare Male Example. Chooses "family" by quitting his residency and resuming his old job at Seattle Grace Mercy West Grey Sloan. Even more interestingly, Miranda calls him on it, feeling very disappointed that he gave up surgery for her and her son.
- Long-Distance Relationship: with Bailey, because his residency is elsewhere.
- Nice Guy: One of the few characters everybody likes. They also trust him enough to let him scrub in on nerve-wracking surgeries even when he's just in town to visit his wife.
- Put on a Bus: To Spiritual Successor "Off The Map".
- Second Love: Bailey's.
- The Bus Came Back: After Off The Map was canceled.
Dr. Isaac Cross (Portrayed by Joe Adler)
Appears in Grey's Anatomy (S11-13)
A youthful resident, who at one point contracts TB. He likes to be involved with the hospital and its surgeons' events, and has a brief crush on Jo Wilson.
Dr. Andrew (it. Andrea) DeLuca (Portrayed by Giacomo Gianniotti)
Appears in Grey's Anatomy (S11-present)
Makes a bad impression on his first day by not showing up to intern orientation, having found injuries in an accident and brought the patient in, being mistaken for an attending before having to admit he's not really a resident yet at all. Due to the ostracizing from his fellow interns, he chooses to become Arizona's roommate.
Dr. Levi "Glasses" Schmitt (Portrayed by Jake Borelli)
Appears in Grey's Anatomy (S14-present); B-Team
"Thanks for calling me Schmitt. Because, sometimes, you call me Glasses. I wish we could change it to Specs. Specs sounds way cooler than Glasses. Or look at me now. What about Blood Bank? Blood Bank is awesome!"An intern who dropped his glasses into a patient in the OR and slept with Jo while doing a sub-i rotation at the hospital. He returns later as an intern, with an athletic strap to keep his glasses on.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: After dropping his glasses in the surgical field, he becomes referred to almost universally as "glasses". When he later becomes a live blood transfusion donor and Meredith calls him by his name he is really touched.
Dr. Samantha "Sam" Bello (Portrayed by Jeanine Mason)
Appears in Grey's Anatomy (S14-present); B-Team
An ex of Andrew's who deliberately did not want to work with him, but has ended up at Grey Sloan anyway.
Lt. Dr. Casey Parker (Portrayed by Alex Blue Davis)
Appears in Grey's Anatomy (S14); B-Team
He's good with computers.
- Chekhov's Gunman: In "B-Team" his tech skills are exploited by Helm to suggest he should be on discharge duty (Owen even saying that it really doesn't require advanced skill). The next episode of GA is the second of the hacker-shutdown ones and Bailey suddenly remembers that he's good with tech, he then gets taken off patients and is trying to break into and override the system.
- Combat Medic: Played with — he was in the army and watched the Army doctors, which is what made him decide to pursue medicine.
Dr. Taryn Helm (Portrayed by Jaicy Elliot)
Appears in Grey's Anatomy (S14); B-Team
"Helm. Like hellmouth, but without the '-outh'."A competitive intern who will try to shirk others away from surgeries, but is most memorable for having a no-nonsense interview.
Dr. Dahlia Qadri (Portrayed by Sophia Ali)
Appears in Grey's Anatomy (S14); B-Team
A young super-organized intern with an obsessive admiration of Meredith Grey.
Dr. Vik Roy (Portrayed by Rushi Kota)
Appears in Grey's Anatomy (S14); B-Team
A confident intern who turns out to be squeamish and needs provocation not to panic under pressure.
Dr. Ellis Grey (Portrayed by Kate Burton)
Appeared in Grey's Anatomy (S1-3, S6, S8, S11, S14)
Meredith's mother, introduced in the pilot episode as the person Meredith is narrating the show to. This got dropped, but the fact that Mrs. Grey has early-onset Alzheimer's did not. This simply adds to Meredith's troubles, as one of Ellis's last (lucid) thoughts was that she wanted her condition kept secret. And, as of the pilot episode, she doesn't have a lot of lucid thoughts anymore.
- Abusive Parents: Was not precisely supportive to Meredith."I raised you to be an extraordinary human being. So imagine my disappointment when I wake up after five years and discover that you're no more than ordinary. What happened to you?"
- The Ace: A world-renowned surgeon. After she retires due to her illness, everyone assumes she's off working medical miracles somewhere.
- Driven to Suicide: After her first break-up with Richard, when Meredith was six. While Meredith watched. Not really driven to suicide as much as staging it to either get Webber back or make hm feel bad. That night she found out she was pregnant with second child (Webber's) so didn't stick around to enact the full plan. Meredith figured out the fake suicide attempt part during a therapy session (after ferryboat crash iirc)
- Early Installment Weirdness: in the pilot, she's the person Meredith is Narrating to.
- Love Triangle: Married Thatcher, but quickly met Richard Webber.
- No Social Skills: Has a habit of saying whatever crosses her mind. Then she got Alzheimer's and lost that filter and things got worse.
- Opposites Attract: With the warm Team Dad we call Chief Webber.
- Time-Shifted Actor: Played by both Sarah Paulson and Sally Pressman in younger iterations.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: At the end of "The Time Warp" she and Webber have a drink at Joe's in memory of their deceased patient, when she sees Webber has a club soda she tells him it's not an appropriate drink to toast an Irishman with and orders him a vodka. It's not explicitly said but it seems from his reaction that Webber may have known he had a problem and been sober at that time.
- What You Are in the Dark: Because of her disease, we find out.
Thatcher and Susan Grey
Thatcher Grey (Portrayed by Jeff Perry) and Susan Grey (Portrayed by Mare Winningham)
Appeared in Grey's Anatomy (Thatcher: S2-7; Susan: S2-3)
Dr. Catherine Avery (Portrayed by Debbie Allen)
Appears in Grey's Anatomy (S8-present)
Jackson's famous mother. She becomes an alternative love interest to Webber, especially after Adele begins to completely forget who he is, and a larger character after Season 11.
Adele Webber (Portrayed by Loretta Devine)
Appeared in Grey's Anatomy (S2-9)
Webber's long-suffering wife. Richard believed that he was able to keep his affair with Ellis secret from her, but discovered in the second season how wrong he was. He stayed with her out of honor, though. Like Richard's other great love, she too develops Alzheimer's, and eventually needs to be committed to an assisted-living facility. She earned the show its other Emmy as a Guest Actress.
- Undying Loyalty: To her husband. He shows it back, though in different ways.
William George "Tuck" Bailey Jones (Portrayed by BJ Tanner since S13)
Appears in Grey's Anatomy (S2, S4-10, S13-present)
Bailey's son from her first marriage, Tuck was named after her father, William Bailey, and her intern, George O'Malley. He is nicknamed Tuck after his father, Tucker Jones. He is the oldest of the main characters' children, and becomes something of a teenage brat in later seasons, having to be reprimanded and scared into compliance by his step-father Ben Warren via x-rays borrowed from the hospital. When he is 13 his parents decide to give him "The Talk" — to teach him how to react if the police ever stop him and to not copy his white friends in precarious situations. He has a fondness for science and medicine, shown in various seasons with him sneaking around and dressing up in the hospital. Previously portrayed by Marcanthonee Jon Reis in Season 10.
Carlos Torres (Portrayed by Héctor Elizondo)
Appeared in Grey's Anatomy (S3, S5-7, S10)
Callie's conservative father. He first visits from Miami around the time of her marriage to George, returning a few years later to reinforce his scary personality. Upon arrival, he throws George against the wall for cheating on Callie when they were married. Then Mark appears and he throws him against the wall for sleeping with Callie. Then Callie introduces Arizona as her girlfriend, and she "really hope[s] [he] draws the line at throwing women against walls". He initially disapproves, but comes around.
- Cure Your Gays: When Callie comes out to him, he wants to help her by bringing in their preacher from Florida to Pray Away The Gay.
- Papa Bear: He will physically push around and threaten all of Callie's romantic partners, and absolutely adores his granddaughter.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He loves his daughter so much, but his extreme Christian lifestyle conflicts with her bisexuality, he initially doesn't understand it and believes that he can help her by trying to restore her heterosexuality. Once he gets some speeches about love, he widens his perspective and sends the preacher home, reinstates Callie, and ditches his wife to go to Callie's wedding.
Sloan Riley (Portrayed by Leven Rambin)
Appeared in Grey's Anatomy (S6); Private Practice (S3)
Mark's daughter from a short-lived relationship when he was 18 also gets pregnant as a teen and runs away from her mom, who named her for her father's last name, to appeal to her father at Seattle Grace and stay with him but give up her child. She causes controversy within Mark's relationships, mostly with Lexie - Mark's girlfriend who is closer in age to her than Mark.
- Family Theme Naming: Like her half-sister (Sofia), has one of her parent's last name as a given name.
Zola, Bailey, and Ellis Grey-Shepherd
Zola Limbani Grey Shepherd (Portrayed by Aniela Gumbs since S11)
Derek Bailey Shepherd (Portrayed by Brody and Ryder Nolan Goodstadt since S12)
Appear in Grey's Anatomy (Zola: S7-present; Bailey: S9-present; Ellis: S11-present)
Derek and Meredith's three children. Zola was adopted after Alex Karev brought children from Africa to Seattle Grace for treatment following Arizona's return from Namboze. Bailey was born during a storm with the hospital partially shut-down after Meredith took a fall and nearly bled to death. Ellis was conceived the day Derek died, and when Meredith discovered she was pregnant she fled Seattle as her mother had when Meredith herself was a child, giving birth in Los Angeles (it's unknown but presumed she may have stayed with Addison Montgomery or one of Derek's sisters) before moving to her old home in Boston where she remained AWOL until Ellis was around six months old. Zola was previously portrayed by Jela K. Moore (S7-9) and Heaven White (If/Then episode of S10).
- Dead Guy Junior: Ellis is named after her late grandmother. Bailey is also named after his late father, but was born whilst he was still alive.
Sofia Robbin Sloan Torres (Portrayed by Eva Ariel Binder since S12)
Appears in Grey's Anatomy (S7-present)
The daughter of Callie, Arizona, and Mark. She was conceived when Arizona briefly left to work in Africa and Callie returned to her thing with Mark. After Arizona's return they reconcile, but Callie and Mark still want Mark to be involved in the baby's life, so Mark and Arizona strike up a truce but are resentful of each others' presence. When Callie and Arizona go on a romantic weekend, when Callie is 6 months pregnant, they have a crash in which Callie goes through the window, resulting in Sofia's birth by traumatic caesarean section at the hospital. Sofia is well loved by all her parents and their friends, as well as the O'Malleys who still treat Callie like family. Arizona and Callie fight over custody when Callie wants to move to New York, and sole legal custody is granted to Arizona. Arizona does send Sofia to New York with Callie because she now knows that she can demand to see Sofia whenever she wants, scared of being cut out. However, Sofia doesn't like it there and returns to Seattle after a few months.
- Family Theme Naming:
- Named after a Greek virtue, like her mom (Calliope = beautiful voice, Sofia = wisdom). And a place, like her other mom (Arizona and Sofia, capital of Bulgaria). And generally a foreign name, like both (2 Greek, 1 Spanish).
- Like her half-sister, has one of her parent's last name as a given name (Robbin being a middle name after Arizona).
- Has Two Mommies: Is the child of Arizona and Callie.
- Two First Names: Inverted, her middle name is more like a surname because of her parents wanting to make sure she took them all.
Henry Burton (Portrayed by Scott Foley)
Appeared in Grey's Anatomy (S7-8)
A terminal patient and former minor league baseball player who keeps moving between jobs to keep medical insurance, he marries Teddy in order to get treatment at Seattle Grace and they later fall in love after becoming great friends and confidants. Despite the hospital's efforts, he deteriorates and dies.
Cpt. Dr. Megan Hunt (Portrayed by Abigail Spencer)
Appeared in Grey's Anatomy (S13-14)
Owen's sister, fiancee of Nathan, who was presumed dead after her helicopter crashed in the Middle East during service. Is found alive at the end of season 13. Previously portrayed by Bridget Regan in S13.
Dr. Paul Stadler (Portrayed by Matthew Morrison)
Appeared in Grey's Anatomy (S14)
Jo's abusive former but still legal husband, who Alex once spots at a conference and imagines killing, and who appears at Grey Sloan. A revolutionary in laparoscopic and similar methods, he initially attracts a lot of fans in the staff there and a "guy-crush" from Arizona. After fighting with his new fiancee, Jenny, he gets hit by a drunk driver, and when he tries to attack Jenny and Jo whilst in recovery he hits his head and dies of second impact syndrome (brain shuts down after getting another concussion when it still has the first). Jo is given power of attorney and donates his organs.
Cpt. Pruitt Herrera (Portrayed by Miguel Sandoval)
Appears in Station 19 (S1)Andy's father and an institution of Station 19.
Seattle Fire Department Station 19
Andy Herrera (Portrayed by Jaina Lee Ortiz)
Appears in Grey's Anatomy (S14); Station 19 (S1)
A firefighter who was practically raised in the station and aspires to be the best at her job.
Lt. Jack Gibson (Portrayed by Grey Damon)
Appears in Grey's Anatomy (S14); Station 19 (S1)
Though a lieutenant, Jack is unafraid to take risks in the line of fire.
Victoria "Vic" Hughes (Portrayed by Barrett Doss)
Appears in Station 19 (S1)
A junior firefighter.
Ryan Tanner (Portrayed by Alberto Frezza)
Appears in Station 19 (S1)A friend of Andy's from childhood who works for Seattle's police department.
Travis Montgomery (Portrayed by Jay Hayden)
Appears in Station 19 (S1)
A supportive friend to his fellow firefighters.
- The Heart: Described as such in the official character breakdowns.
Dean Miller (Portrayed by Okieriete Onaodowan)
Appears in Station 19 (S1)
Maya Bishop (Portrayed by Danielle Savre)
Appears in Station 19 (S1)
Andy's best friend and a former Olympic athlete.
Dennison "Denny" Duquette, Jr. (Portrayed by Jeffrey Dean Morgan)
Appeared in Grey's Anatomy (S2-3, S5)
A major character in the second season, Dennison Duquette had congestive heart failure and spent several years waiting for a transplant. After he arrived at Seattle Grace, he and Izzie fell in love, leading her to (essentially) short-circuit the mechanical bits of his failing heart to bump him to the top of the transplant list. It worked, but then he died anyway, which was a very upbeat and happy way to end the second season.
- Dead Person Conversation: Has a lot of these with Izzie in Season 5.
Finn the Vet
Dr. Finn Dandridge (Portrayed by Chris O'Donnell)
Appeared in Grey's Anatomy (S2-3)
The vet for Meredith, Izzie, Derek, and Addison's shared dog, Doc. He forms a relationship with Meredith after hounding her, though he assumed that she and Derek were together as they were the listed owners of Doc. On their first date, he takes her to birth horses.
"Jane Doe" / "Ava" / Rebecca Pope (Portrayed by Elizabeth Reaser)
Appeared in Grey's Anatomy (S3-4); The Video Game
A character introduced in the third season, she was a victim of the same ferry-boat crash that almost killed Meredith. Pregnant and amnesiac, she was brought back to the hospital for repairs and facial reconstruction surgery, during which time she and Alex became involved.
- Domestic Abuser: The father of her child, which is why she fled. Makes it a little less understandable why she eventually went back to him instead of staying with Alex.
- Driven to Suicide: Fortunately, Alex is on hand.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: After her pregnancy is revealed to be hysterical.
- Ill Girl: Her story relies on her being introduced as dying and pregnant, and her romantic life comes from the hospital stay.
- Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: In name only, as she's an ex who turns out to be psycho (Borderline Personality Disorder)
- Quest for Identity: She is offered three different options for the face repair. To help her choose, Alex names them Maggie, Elizabeth and Ava.
- The Bus Came Back: Returns in Season 4.
Joe The Bartender (Portrayed by Steven W. Bailey)
Appears in Grey's Anatomy (S2-7); Private Practice (S2)
The bartender of the bar nearest the hospital, which serves as one of the major nexii of the show (along with the operating rooms and on-call rooms).
- The Bartender: His job.
- Has Two Daddies: Not Joe himself, but his two children, whom he adopted with his partner Walter in the third season.
- You Look Familiar: Steven W. Bailey appeared throughout season 1 as an anesthesiologist (Jeremy) who was clearly not Joe.
RN Olivia Harper (Portrayed by Sarah Utterback)
Appeared in Grey's Anatomy (S1-6)
A nurse who briefly dates George but gives him syphilis after having previously slept with Alex. She is a sideline friend of the group and one of the nurses most likely to put up with surgeons in general, but is still vocal during the nurses' strike.
- Typhoid Mary: She's given this nickname when it is discovered that she had the syphilis that spread through the hospital (though she got it from Alex, who probably spread it further than she did).
Dr. Sadie Harris (Portrayed by Melissa George)
Appeared in Grey's Anatomy (S5)
One of Meredith's old friends who is briefly a resident at Seattle Grace but is not really cut out for the job; she is less focused on her career than Meredith was an undergraduate. Reveals that they have matching morbid nicknames for each other: Death (Meredith) and Die (Sadie).
Dr. Lucy Fields (Portrayed by Rachael Taylor)
Appeared in Grey's Anatomy (S7)
A neo-natal surgeon and OB/GYN, as well being a fetal surgury fellow. She was the doctor for Callie's pregnancy with Sofia and began dating Alex Karev. After Alex initially turned down the position at Namboze clinic, Lucy took it instead, ending their relationship.
Dr. Steve Mostow (Portrayed by Mark Saul)
Appeared in Grey's Anatomy (S4-8)
A beleaguered resident who regularly gets the main characters' undesired jobs. His girlfriend, also a resident, becomes pregnant at one point.
Dr. Raj Sen (Portrayed by Anjul Nigam)
Appears in Grey's Anatomy (S1-2, S4, S13)
A psychiatric doctor at the hospital.
Gary Clark (Portrayed by Michael O'Neill)
Appears in Grey's Anatomy (S6)
When his wife dies, he cannot live with his loneliness and blames the doctors of Seattle Grace who treated her, specifically Derek who was Chief at the time and performed her surgery, returning to the hospital armed and ready to kill.
- Assassination Attempt: Derek is his primary target, but the one he doesn't actually kill.
- Despair Event Horizon: The death of his wife, and then the medical malpractice suit he pursued getting thrown out, makes him feel a sense of injustice and this wife was killed without meaning.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He gets Arizona trapped at point-blank range, and then Callie appears and convinces him that she's an amazing baby doctor and that he doesn't want to kill all the innocent children as well? She then convinces him to actually bring them medical supplies to treat the baby they were transporting when the hospital went into lockdown.
- Failed a Spot Check: Asks Bailey if she's a surgeon, too. She has the same kind of scrubs on as the other surgeons, and her labcoat declares it, but Clark doesn't recognize these and believes her when she says she's a nurse. Some of the relevant issues are alluded to at other points later in the show — at one time, Lexie has a paranoid patient who notices her different colored scrubs and that her labcoat doesn't have a name, thinking she's there to hurt him (she had to change because of medical waste on clothes); much later Maggie mentions that people still assume she's a nurse because she's black.
- Murder-Suicide: Was left with one bullet when he was being talked down from killing any more people, so shoots himself.
- Serial Killings, Specific Target: Clark tries to kill as many surgeons as he can, not just to disguise his revenge on Derek but because he has internalized for himself that surgeons are too close to playing God and are all evil (but it's mostly just wanting to kill the doctors he believes killed his wife). Proven when Bailey lies that she's a nurse and he lets her go.
- Vengeance Feels Empty: When he thinks he's finally killed Derek, he feels no solace and is still just sad.
- Wham Episode: His return at the end of season 6 to murder everyone.
- The World Mocks Your Loss: A minor version — when he arrives to kill all the doctors, he mostly notices them when they are interacting with their romantic partner, which probably fuels him more since for those few seconds he skitters around as if he has cold feet.
The Video Game
CDC Agent Damon Birger
An agent from the Center for Disease Control who comes to Seattle Grace to help control a diphtheria outbreak.
Nurse Vince Bennet
An interim love interest of Cristina, he helps her make decisions about her surgical career.