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Craig Thomas
Biographical information
Status

Deceased

Title(s)

M.D., F.A.C.S.

Professional Information
Profession

Attending Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Workplace

Mayo Clinic

Character information
First appearance

Let the Bad Times Roll

Last appearance

Beautiful Doom

Seasons

GA: 8 and 9

Portrayed By

William Daniels

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"Breathe, Dr. Yang. Don't be crass. You're skulking. Women of your generation are graceless. It's an affront to nature. Mediocre surgeons will see you and feel themselves wilting in your shadow. Do not shrink to console them. Do not look for friends here. You won't find them. None of these people have the capacity to understand you. They never will. If you're lucky, one day when you're old and shriveled like me, you will find a young doctor with little regard for anything but their craft. And you'll train them like I trained you. Until then, read a good book. You have greatness in you, Yang. Don't disappoint."
Craig Thomas to Cristina

Dr. Craig Thomas was an attending cardiothoracic surgeon who worked at the Mayo Clinic with and mentored Cristina Yang after officiating her boards.


History

Not much is known about Craig Thomas's history, due to the fact he didn't speak much about his past, choosing instead to speak about the present and future. At first, Cristina Yang thought of him as an old surgeon well past his prime and disagreed with him over surgeries and procedures. Dr. Parker also thought he was old and thus arranged for him to be gracefully fired as to let Cristina have more surgical oppurtunties in the now. However, after a short period of time, Cristina found she actually liked Dr. Thomas, as he was still sharp and ready. He was an excellent surgeon and taught Cristina to be patient and kind. He died while operating after suffering a fatal heart attack.

Vietnam

After Cristina explained about her own plane crash, he revealed he was the sole survivor of a plane crash in Vietnam, and told her about the guilt that they both felt. He also fought in the Vietnam War.

Relationships

Familial

He had no family and no children.

Professional

Cristina Yang

He was a mentor for Cristina Yang until his death.

Darren Parker

He had a contentious relationship with his Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Dr. Darren Parker.

Career

He was an attending cardiothoracic surgeon at the Mayo Clinic for an undetermined amount of time until his death.

He was also a board examiner in 2012.

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Appearances

Grey's Anatomy, Season 8

Let the Bad Times Roll

Grey's Anatomy, Season 9

Going, Going, Gone · Love the One You're With · I Saw Her Standing There · Beautiful Doom