Walter Tapley is a doctor who was admitted to Seattle Grace Hospital for heart surgery.


Tapley admitted himself to SGH, asking Richard to have Erica Hahn perform an extremely risky surgery (double valve replacement and tricuspid repair) on his heart.

The Chief had to agree as Walter Tapley made his career, but Erica was unwilling to do it. Eventually, she agreed to perform the surgery and it was completed successfully.

With George as his doctor, he noticed his fine work, when George asked him if he could talk to the chief about him, he said no, but secretly did anyway.



Walter Tapley mentored Richard Webber.


Walter Tapley is a world-famous cardiothoracic surgeon and old mentor of Richard Webber.

Notes and TriviaEdit

  • He spent six years developing a modified bypass procedure.