Dr. Erica Hahn (Brooke Smith) is a long-time rival of Dr. Preston Burke in the field of cardiothoracic surgery, dating back to their days at Johns Hopkins Medical School, where she graduated second in her class - after Burke.
Erica was a cardiothoracic attending surgeon at Mercy West Hospital in Seattle. Back in Season 2, she and her old adversary Dr. Burke fought over a donor's heart.
Because of faulty information from Izzie pertaining to Denny Duquette's condition, he was given the donor heart, much to her dismay. But in an ironic twist, Dr. Hahn was asked to perform the surgery on Denny after Burke was shot outside the hospital.
In Season 3, Erica Hahn was contacted for a consult on Harold O'Malley's valve replacement after George lost confidence in Burke's condition.
She and Burke have a love-hate relationship, and while she would die before saying it in front of him, Dr. Hahn respects and admires Burke tremendously.
She told Cristina Yang - at the time Burke's girlfriend / fiance, that if she became half the surgeon Burke is, that's pretty damn good. In Season Four, with Burke having left Seattle, Dr. Hahn was hired by Chief Richard Webber to head cardiothoracic surgery efforts at Seattle Grace.
Erica: Is it me or there are teenyboppers staring at you?
Mark: I get that a lot. It started when I was their age, never really went away.
Richard: Is that so?
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This is going to be so much fun.Dr. Hahn
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Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."Meredith (closing voiceover)
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Lexie: [narrating] Grief may be a thing we all have in common, but it looks different on everyone.
Mark: It isn't just death we have to grieve. It's life. It's loss. It's change.
Alex: And when we wonder why it has to suck so much sometimes, has to hurt so bad. The thing we gotta try to remember is that it can turn on a dime.
Izzie: That's how you stay alive. When it hurts so much you can't breathe, that's how you survive.
Derek: By remembering that one day, somehow, impossibly, you won't feel this way. It won't hurt this much.
Bailey: Grief comes in its own time for everyone, in its own way.
Owen: So the best we can do, the best anyone can do, is try for honesty.
Meredith: The really crappy thing, the very worst part of grief is that you can't control it.
Arizona: The best we can do is try to let ourselves feel it when it comes.
Callie: And let it go when we can.
Meredith: The very worst part is that the minute you think you're past it, it starts all over again.
Cristina: And always, every time, it takes your breath away.
Meredith: There are five stages of grief. They look different on all of us, but there are always five.
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