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 Hahn Quotes

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?

This is going to be so much fun.

Dr. Hahn

Grey's Anatomy Quotes

[narrating] "At some point, you have to make a decision. Boundaries don't keep other people out, they fence you in. Life is messy, that's how we're made. So you can waste your life drawing lines or you can live your life crossing them. But there are some lines that are way too dangerous to cross. Here's what I know. If you're willing to throw caution to the wind and take a chance, the view from the other side... is spectacular."

MEREDITH

Richard: Chin up. Put your shoulders back, walk proud, strut a little. Don't lick your wounds: celebrate them. The scars you bear are the signs of a competitor. You're in a lion fight, Stevens. Just because you didn't win doesn't mean you don't know how to roar.