Grey’s Anatomy has everything from witty dialogue, to wild romances, to a plot that keeps fans perpetually on their toes. These traits are what have kept the show on the air for so long. And yet, the real driving force of Grey’s Anatomy is the characters themselves, each with a different memorable personality that endears them to fans and makes them relatable even as they carry out impossible feats of medicine, saving lives, bringing babies into the world, and inventing new forms of medical procedures and research.
What’s more, the whole time that the brilliant doctors are working their seemingly endless shifts and pushing medicine to new frontiers, they are also managing to get wrapped up in romantic entanglements and personal trials and tribulations. From marriage to divorce to starting families, the doctors are doing the things that everyday people do as though saving lives is just their side gig. With all of the drama that happens nearly every day in each and every character’s life, it can be difficult for all but the most committed fans to remember who did what—but that’s exactly what this quiz is for!
Who is this brooding dreamboat of a doctor who left New York City to grace the lucky guys and girls of Grey’s Anatomy?
Known for taking on hopeless cases, this attractive doctor left patients, nurses, doctors, and fans alike swooning over his good looks, suave style, and hearty sense of humor. Not only that, but he was even pulled in to work on the President’s brain mapping initiative thanks to his innovation, medical knowledge, and esteemed research abilities. All in all, this man is McDreamy himself. Who is this brooding dreamboat of a doctor who left New York City to grace the lucky guys and girls of Grey’s Anatomy?
Who said: "Pain comes in all forms... We anesthetize, ride it out, embrace it, ignore it.”
“Pain comes in all forms. The small twinge, a bit of soreness, the random pain, the normal pains we live with every day. Then there is the kind of pain you can’t ignore. A level of pain so great it blocks out everything else. Makes the rest of the world fade away. Until all we can think about is how much we hurt. How we manage our pain is up to us. We anesthetize, ride it out, embrace it, ignore it, and for some of us, the best way to manage pain is to just push through it.” Who said it?
Who is the doc that tends to be short with other docs and patients too?
The love lives of Grey’s Anatomy’s characters are often exciting things. One handsome doc isn’t everybody’s favorite as an intern, being seen as a bit short with staff and patients alike. Upon getting to know more about him, though, it turns out that the doctor’s rough manner may have something to do with his difficult upbringing with a mother with mental illness and a father who could turn angry. It’s no wonder this doctor takes some time to warm up to. Who is he?
Who said this “It’s a beautiful day to save lives; let’s have some fun.”
Some of the doctors have more cheerful attitudes than others when it comes to doing the hard work of health care in a busy hospital setting. One physician in particular is able to see the silver lining in even the hardest days wearing the white coat, saying, “It’s a beautiful day to save lives; let’s have some fun.” Which one of the Grey’s Anatomy team has these uplifting words of advice to offer to his more beleaguered and demotivated colleagues?
Which character shares a parent with Meredith Grey?
This doctor is relatively new to the Grey’s Anatomy team, having taken over as the head of Cardiothoracic Surgery after Jeff Russell quit. While she has a stellar work area and educational background, her personal life is a little rockier. In addition to a few bad romances, she also found out somewhat later in life that she shares a biological parent with Meredith Grey, which led to a bit of scandal in the hospital when it finally came out. Who is it?
Which character married Henry Burton?
One of the Grey’s Anatomy doctors, a mentor to Cristina Yang, has served not only as a surgeon in a hospital but also in the field as a military surgeon. This doc joined following September 11th, 2001, after losing a best friend to the tragedy, and it was through the military that this character became close with another Grey’s doctor, Owen Hunt. Despite having feelings for Owen for a time, this character ended up marrying Henry Burton.
Which doc said "I'm angry all of the time."
Each of the doctors in Grey’s Anatomy has their own unique personality—from happy-go-lucky, to calm and, careful to raging and righteous—but one in particular is known for their fiery personality and no-nonsense attitude, and for not pulling any punches. If this doctor were to sum up their outlook on life in one short phrase, it would be what she once said: “I’m angry all of the time.” Who is this doctor who feels no need to hide her less-palatable feelings?
Which doctor lost her sight, but not her life, thanks to the persuasions of her pupil?
This doctor mentored Arizona Robbins in pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and eventually Fetal Surgery in particular. When she became sick with an inoperable brain tumor, however, this doc started to rely on Arizona’s help. After Arizona talked her into getting the tumor operated on after all, this doctor miraculously survived without any damage to her mental faculties. However, she did lose vision entirely. Which doctor lost her sight, but not her life, thanks to the persuasions of her pupil?
Which doc lagged so far behind where they needed to be that she left the hospital?
Though most of the Grey’s Anatomy doctors are both brilliant and highly-principled, at least one person who attempted to intern at Seattle Grace Hospital didn’t quite have what it takes to compete with her peers. In addition to getting put on probation for illicitly performing surgeries on other interns, this medical intern did not do too good to correctly diagnose multiple patients in the hospital, leading to at least one avoidable fatality. Eventually, her skills lagged so far behind where they needed to be that she left the hospital. Who was this less-than-ideal intern?
Which doc has four sisters and played the saxophone?
Which good-looking doctor wasn’t as suave or as handsome in his younger days, confessing to having wild hair and a penchant for the saxophone when he was growing up in New York City alongside his four sisters? Part of a low-income but extremely hard-working family, this doctor isn’t the only physician in his family—in fact, all of his siblings share the title. After a brief stint on the wild side, which even included riding a motorcycle for a time, this doctor opted for safety over style—at least with his mode of transportation.
Which surgeon was out with OCD but still returned to the surgical floor?
This surgeon became so infection-averse after a close call with MRSA that she became a bit overly cautious during surgery, and eventually her husband started to suspect that she might have obsessive-compulsive disorder or OCD. It was this diagnosis that led her to be briefly barred from performing surgery until she got psychiatric care. Thankfully, after some medicines were prescribed to help her treat the condition, she got better and was allowed to return to the surgical floor.
Which character was married to Alex Karev in the hundredth episode?
This character, portrayed by the famously talented actress Katherine Heigl, was happily married to fellow doctor Alex Karev in Grey’s Anatomy’s eventful hundredth episode. This happy reunion came after less enjoyable news when the doctor was diagnosed with a stage 4 metastatic melanoma. Thankfully, a successful surgery left her tumor free, but it also left her without her loving husband, who asked for an end to their partnership. Which Grey’s doctor does this describe?
Who said "I'm the pretty one... But my family is smart, driven, and crazy over-achievers."
“In my body, I’m the pretty one. My eyes and my smile, my body. I mean, you should see me without a shirt on. It’s kinda ridiculous. But my family is smart, driven, and crazy over-achievers. And they look like they’re smart. They don’t look like me, which has its perks. Except that my family treated me like I was pretty. They expected nothing from me, ever. Never pushed me, never thought to. So, I had to push myself. Hard.” Who is the pretty doctor who spoke these words?
Which nurse belonged at Seattle Grace then transferred to the pediatrics department?
Doctors aren’t the only characters on Grey’s Anatomy who are worth remembering. Both in real life and on television, nurses play a crucial role in saving lives and supporting doctors and patients alike. One nurse, after successfully working on a tragic bus crash and an ambulance crash, began a covert romance with Doctor Derek Shepherd. Shortly after their love circle ended, however, she ended up transferring to the pediatrics department.
Who said “The human life is made up of choices...to live or not to live, that’s the important choice. And it’s not always in our hands.”
Doctors are often asked to make rather serious decisions in the heat of the moment, and these choices can weigh on them long after they are made. As one doctor said, “The human life is made up of choices. Yes or no. In or out. Up or down. And then there are the choices that matter. Love or dislike. To be a hero or to be a coward. To fight or to give in. To live or not to live, that’s the important choice. And it’s not always in our hands.” Who had these wise words to share about the nature of choices?
Who said this "You are kind of a legend... then you took Herman's job and her eyesight.
One doctor is so well-known that she was met with this speech from another doctor: “You are kind of a legend with the interns and residents. You’re one of the Seattle Grace Five. You survived a plane crash and a car crash. And a shooting. You might be immortal. You mastered one of the most exclusive specialties basically overnight, and then you took Herman’s job and her eyesight.” Who is the recipient of this catalog of her achievements?
Who said “All any of us wants is more time. Time to stand up. Time to grow up. Time to let go. Time.”
At the hospital, there are days when it seems like all the doctors do is run around helplessly like mice in a maze. They’re running on too little sleep and far too little time off to enjoy life’s luxuries like tropical vacations, sleeping in on Sunday mornings, and enjoying a relaxing bubble bath after a long day at work. Speaking to the lack of time, one doctor says, “Time flies. Time waits for no man. Time heals all wounds. All any of us wants is more time. Time to stand up. Time to grow up. Time to let go. Time.” Who said it?
Who is the sassy surgeon walking through Seattle Grace?
This member of the Greys team was, to many viewers’ surprise, actually very shy and quiet during her internship at Seattle Grace Hospital. She only got her strong personality and no-nonsense attitude after being mentored by Richard Webber. Thanks to his tutelage, she went on to become one of the most intimidating surgeons young intern doctors would find themselves working for. Who is this sassy surgeon?
Which doctor let attraction get in the way of boyhood bonds and ended up ruining one of his longest-held friendships because of it?
One doctor comes from upper class roots in New York City but nevertheless experienced a good deal of parental neglect in his early days. It was this experience that led the doctor, as a young boy, to become close friends with another physician who would later end up as a doctor practicing in Seattle. Unfortunately, a betrayal of the deepest kind led to a severance of their friendship. Which doctor let attraction get in the way of boyhood bonds and ended up ruining one of his longest-held friendships because of it?
Who said “Each of you comes here today hopeful... You will be pushed to the breaking point... This is your starting line.”
“Each of you comes here today 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 not great parts 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. Two of you will be asked to leave. This is your starting line. This is your arena. How well you play? That’s up to you.” Who authored this impressive and intimidating speech?
Which doctor has numerous difficulties in both his personal and professional life?
One doctor is a particularly determined individual, despite facing numerous difficulties in both his personal and professional life. Not only did he lose his mother to pancreatic cancer in his youth, but he also works through having a tumor pressing against his optic nerve, developing a dangerous drinking problem during his days off to ease the pain, and losing his wife to complications with her treatment for Alzheimer’s. Which doctor overcame all of these hard times and more?
Who said “ I just, I love you all the time, every minute of every day,”
Love can make people do strange things. It can give a person symptoms that might be thought of that they need to go to a doctor to have treated—loss of appetite, trouble breathing, an elevated heartbeat. But it turns out these are all just parts of the human condition. Which doctor says, “I can’t think about anything or anybody and I can’t sleep. I can’t breathe. I can’t eat. And I love you. I just, I love you all the time, every minute of every day,” proving that she is far from immune to the ailment that is love?
Whose father refused to have his watch taken away by robbers?
One do-gooder doctor draws a hard line when it comes to those who break the law. His angry attitude towards criminals comes from a tragic experience in his early days. Despite having little money to spare, this doctor’s mother saved up for years to get her husband a fancy watch. When a pair of robbers tried to take it from him, the grateful husband refused, and he paid for his decision with is life. Who is this unfortunate man’s only son?
Which doc said this “Please, don’t chase me anymore, unless you’re ready to catch me.”
Smart, attractive, and talented as they all are, the doctors of Grey’s Anatomy manage to get involved in more than their fair share of romantic entanglements. At the same time, though, the drama they face in love has made some of them rather unwilling to trust in the advances of others. As one doc says, “Please, don’t chase me anymore, unless you’re ready to catch me.” Which doctor wanted to make sure that anyone chasing their love was for real?
Who is the older doc many of the younger generation of Grey’s Anatomy have to thank for their confidence and skills?
One of the more distinguished doctors used to be involved with Ellis Grey but couldn’t handle a relationship with someone so successful in their work, as he found it intimidating. He did, however, move on to have an impressive work life of his own, at one time serving as Chief of Surgery at Seattle Grace Hospital and becoming a mentor to many of the Grey’s doctors. Who is the older doc many of the younger generation of Grey’s Anatomy have to thank for their confidence and skills?
Who decided to say this “If you love someone, you tell them... Even if you’re scared that it will burn your life to the ground, you say it, and you say it loud and you go from there.”
Doctors know how important every single action can be. A moment of hesitation can mean the difference between surviving and not, but acting too soon or in the wrong way can have equally dangerous consequences. Still, one doctor spoke about the importance of taking risks, at least in one’s person life, when they said, “If you love someone, you tell them. Even if you’re scared that it’s not the right thing. Even if you’re scared that it’ll cause problems. Even if you’re scared that it will burn your life to the ground, you say it, and you say it loud and you go from there.” Who said it?
Who is the Head of Neurosurgery at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital?
This spunky sibling of a handsome and talented Grey’s Anatomy doctor isn’t too shabby themselves, having become not only a physician, but also the Head of Neurosurgery at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. Nevertheless, this successful surgeon did have some setbacks, particularly in terms of struggles with their sobriety, which only worsened with their best friend’s untimely passing. Thankfully, they managed to get their life back on track after romantic struggles and other personal losses. Who is this noteworthy younger sibling?
Who said "It always feels like there is just one person in this world to love. And then you find somebody else, and it just seems crazy that you were ever worried in the first place.”
Sometimes, the doctors at the Seattle Grace Hospital are so focused on keeping their patients’ hearts beating that they aren’t able to focus on their own hearts—their love lives and the like. As one doctor who has faced their fair share of romantic twists and turns says, “It always feels like there is just one person in this world to love. And then you find somebody else, and it just seems crazy that you were ever worried in the first place.” Who had this to say about finding love?
Who is the grandson of a famous surgeon with good looks and a good brain?
Grandson to a famous surgeon, this doctor lived up to his family’s trend of being highly intelligent and talented physicians. He proved this when saving Derek Shepherd’s life by making him appear to flatline while on the surgeon’s table under observation from a grieving and mentally and emotionally unstable gunman who had taken members of the hospital’s staff hostage. These and other hospital heroics finally got people to see past his good looks and notice his brains, for once. Who is he?
Who said “If you want crappy things to stop happening to you, then stop accepting crap and start demanding more.”
“If you want crappy things to stop happening to you, then stop accepting crap and start demanding more.” These words of tough love come from a doctor known for her fiery attitude with friends and colleagues as well as her skills in the surgical arena. Even when the gorgeous Jackson Avery, who has a bit of a crush on her in his early days, attempts to plant a kiss on her at a party, she is quick to speak her mind and let him know that, as far as she is concerned, it never even happened.
Which doctor is the one come across as dreamy?
This dreamy doctor appears in Seattle from a top practice in New York City, leaving many at the hospital wondering what happened in his past to make him want to give up his cushy beginnings. As it turns out, a rocky relationship with his estranged wife—who betrayed him with his best friend—has something to do with this top doctor’s decision to trade the Big Apple for the west coast. Which of the Grey’s doctors does this describe?
Who said “Don’t ever date a man who can’t handle your power.”
The women of Grey’s are the backbone of the show and the hospital, but sometimes their romantic entanglements leave them feeling like the lowest of the low. One had an important reminder for other women in this boat when she said, “Don’t ever date a man who can’t handle your power.” If there ever were truer words for empowering a woman scorned or underappreciated, these are them. Which strong, smart, and seriously inspiring doctor said these heartening words to a woman who needed a reminder of what she was worth?
Who said “There are a billion people, but I imagine there’s only one of her.”
The doctors of Grey’s Anatomy have a great deal on their plates with work alone, but somehow some of them manage to make time for love as well. “I don’t have to say a word. She just looks at me and sees who I am and how I feel and accepts it. She doesn’t try to change it or wants to change it. That person. There are a billion people, but I imagine there’s only one of her.” Which smart and handsome doctor had these romantic words to say about the woman he loves?
Which doc said this “You were like coming up for fresh air. It’s like I was drowning and you saved me.”
The docs at Grey’s Anatomy have more than a handful of profound moments, but most of these happen in their professional capacity through saving lives, bringing new ones into the world, and all of the medical work in between. Yet, in an important personal moment, one of the doctors shared their deeply meaningful experience with a fellow physician, saying, “You were like coming up for fresh air. It’s like I was drowning and you saved me.” Which of the Grey’s Anatomy doctors said it?
Who said this quote: “There becomes a point where it all becomes too much. So, we give up. That’s when the real work begins.”
Doctors don’t just put in years and years of work to get the education required to get them in and through medical school; they continue to work long and arduous hours throughout their work lives, and they see some of the baddest of what the world has to offer. It’s no wonder they sometimes feel utterly run down. But as one doctor said, “There becomes a point where it all becomes too much. When we get too tired to fight anymore. So, we give up. That’s when the real work begins. To find hope where there seems to be absolutely none at all.” Whose quote is this?
Which one of the residents is always in a bad mood?
“Every intern wants to perform their first surgery. That’s not your job. Do you know what your job is? To make your resident happy. Do I look happy? No! Why? Because my interns are whiney. You know what will make me look happy? Having the code team staffed, having the trauma pages answered, having the weekend labs delivered and having someone down in the pit doing the sutures. No one holds a scalpel until I’m so happy I’m Mary Freaking Poppins.”
Which doc said this “Don’t spend all your time wondering what you are, or who you like, or whether it’s right or wrong for you. Just let yourself be happy.”
Not one to mess around with being gloomy or living life according to someone else’s timeline, one doctor was sure to pass their hard-earned advice to others they saw falling into the trap of thinking too much about what was right and what was wrong. Instead, she advocated being a little more lighthearted, saying, “Don’t spend all your time wondering what you are, or who you like, or whether it’s right or wrong for you. Just let yourself be happy.” Who is it?
Who dates Callie Torres and ends up awkwardly crossing paths with Meredith at a dinner party?
This surgical resident at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital became entangled with the Grey’s Anatomy characters back in her days working at Dillard Medical Center, where she was one of the doctors called in to treat Derek Shepherd after his car accident—the only one, in fact, who lobbied to get him the CT scan that he was eventually denied but which would have saved his life. Later, she dates Callie Torres and ends up awkwardly crossing paths with Meredith at a dinner party. Who is she?
Who said this “I love you... So, pick me, choose me, love me.”
In every show, there are moments that become iconic—ones that fans continue to play back in their heads years after they aired. “I love you, in a really, really big pretend-to-like-your-taste-in-music, let-you-eat-the-last-piece-of-cheesecake, hold-a-radio-over-my-head-outside-your-window... way. So, pick me, choose me, love me.” This is one of the most well-known and oft-quoted little speeches from the entirety of Grey’s Anatomy. Who said it?
Which doc said this “Sometimes it’s good to be scared. It means you still have something to lose.”
When giving new doctors advice, some physicians can be more understanding than others. One who clearly still had some recollection of their own early days as a doc and how hard it can be to be asked to perform an operation or make a diagnosis when the individual has no idea what their doing, said this about it: “Sometimes it’s good to be scared. It means you still have something to lose.” Which wise doctor helped reframe fear in this way?
Who is the wife to Richard and a mother to Jackson?
Wife to Richard and mother to Jackson, this doctor is the founder and chairperson of her own foundation. At one point, she even purchased an entire hospital, and at another, she successfully completed the first ever penile transplant before moving on to implement a bladder reconstruction. With nicknames including Kit Cat and Hurricane Granny, this force of nature of a doctor is not one to be forgotten. Which of the Grey’s Anatomy characters is she?
Who said “We spend our whole lives worrying about the future... But one thing is certain, when it finally reveals itself, the future is never the way we imagined it.”
“We spend our whole lives worrying about the future, planning for the future, trying to predict the future, as if figuring it out will cushion the blow. But the future is always changing. The future is the home of our deepest fears and wildest hopes. But one thing is certain, when it finally reveals itself, the future is never the way we imagined it.” This meditation on the past and the present comes from a particularly thoughtful Grey’s doctor. Who is it?
Who said this “I am going to walk in there and tell the truth. I deserve it..."
“I am going to walk in there and tell the truth. I deserve it, and if any one of them has the misguided impression that there is any choice at all in this matter, I will set that person on the righteous path before he or she can reveal him or herself as a moron.” Though it may be hard to believe, these words come from the Chief of Surgery herself, who revealed herself to be quite the no-nonsense doc after lying low during her internship years. Who is this impressive woman?
Which doc said "We forget that all that matters is people."
A doctor’s life is difficult. There are patients who don’t make it and family and friends back home who can’t understand the stresses and long hours of a doctor’s lifestyle. Even the doctors themselves can become a little distracted by all the difficult things that are going on in their daily lives and can lose track of what is truly important. As one doctor said, “We forget that all that matters is people. Which of the doctors said these wise words about remembering what really counts?
Which principled and unprejudiced doctor had the chance at a job at Seattle Grace but didn't take it?
One of the few doctors to be openly diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, this woman overcame prejudice from peers and patients alike to become a head cardiothoracic surgeon. She’s so good at her work, in fact, that the Chief of Seattle Grace Hospital attempted to woo her to come work for their hospital, but eventually she decided not to take the job, feeling that some members of the staff were attempting to manipulate her into the decision. Which principled and unprejudiced doctor is this?
Who said “How do you get up every morning knowing you could have done better, that you should have done better?”
The doctors of Grey’s Anatomy have seen a lot of things, some good, some bad. One says, “We’ve all done things we weren’t proud of. I understand that. I know nobody’s perfect, but how do you live with it? How do you get up every morning knowing you could have done better, that you should have done better? Is being sorry enough? Can an apology actually heal our wounds? Ease our pain? Can it undo the hurt that we’ve caused?” Which of the Grey’s doctors says these heartfelt words?
Who said this “Not everybody has to be happy all the time. That’s not mental health. That’s crap.”
Doctors are expected to know medical conditions from a to z, perform surgeries with an impeccably steady hand, and have a sunny and comforting bedside manner. Yet, as one of the Grey’s doctors points out, that doesn’t leave a lot of room for the docs themselves to practice self-care. As the good doctor says, “Not everybody has to be happy all the time. That’s not mental health. That’s crap.” Which doctor is just telling it like it is when they say speak this truth?
Who said “We’re petrified of saying too much or saying it wrong. When the truth is, the only wrong thing you can say is nothing at all.”
The doctors know what to do when it comes to the surgery arena and a scalpel, to birthing babies, or to resuscitating patients on the brink. Nevertheless, no matter how fearless they may be in the operating room, some of the good docs don’t know what to say when it comes to matters of the heart. “We’re petrified of saying too much or saying it wrong. When the truth is, the only wrong thing you can say is nothing at all.” Which of the handsome doctors of Grey’s Anatomy had this to say about the danger of staying silent?
Who says “You are my person. You will always be my person?"
Any true Grey’s Anatomy fan knows that, no matter how many romances there are and how much tragedy and drama occur in the hospital or in the outside world, two of the doctors are pretty much soul mates. They have been there for each other in good times and bad, from patients passing away to boyfriends breaking up with them, in sickness and in health. Who says, “You are my person. You will always be my person,” to their true other half?
Who said: "I know you didn't... I thought I was going to get the good interns... Instead, I get stuck with the duds."
“I know you didn’t wake up today expecting this was how your first day was going to go. You thought you would get to reattach an arm or observe brain surgery. Instead, you helped save the life of a deer. You can complain about it, or you can adjust your expectations. Cause like it or not, you’re stuck with me, and I’m the kind of doctor who lets a little kid convince her she can do the impossible. Oh, plus, when I woke up this morning, I thought today was going to go a lot differently too. I thought I was going to get the good interns. Instead, I get stuck with the duds. So, I have to adjust my expectations as well.” Who said it?