- "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
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.
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.
He had no family and no children.
He was a mentor for Cristina Yang until his death.
He was also a board examiner in 2012.
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