Over the years, Grey’s Anatomy has introduced a whole lot of doctors at Seattle Grace, Seattle Grace Mercy West, or Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.
Many have stayed, but many more have left in various ways, either by dying, quitting, or just straight up disappearing. Sometimes, we miss them immediately, and sometimes it takes us a season or two to go, “Remember that one intern? Whatever happened to them?”
We were in the mood to find out whatever happened to all those disappearing doctors, so we went on a little trip back through Grey’s Anatomy history to see how all the doctors left the series and what they’ve done in the years (or months) since.
Some, you’ll already know. Some you might have completely forgotten about. Remember Intern Steve? Good times!
Below, journey down memory lane with us into the land of Grey’s Anatomy‘s Departed Doctors.
Isaiah Washington as Preston Burke
In season three, Burke abandoned Cristina at the altar and then just took off, eventually winning a Harper Avery award elsewhere and then at some point, moving to Zurich, Switzerland to open his own hi-tech hospital. He got married, started a family, and then in season 10, he invited Cristina to his hospital to take it over for him as he retired.
Isaiah Washington left the series after it was reported that he called costar T.R. Knight a gay slur during an argument on set, and all his defenses just kept making it worse before he finally was let go from the series. Apparently he and ABC made up, because they let him return for a second in 2014. His most significant role since was as Thelonious Jaha on The CW’s The 100, until his character died in season five.
Edward Herrmann as Intern Norman
Intern Norman arrived in season four and had to fend off assumptions that he was an attending, rather than an intern, due to his age. He messed up and told the wrong patient she was dying, and later he collapsed and had a stroke. He had surgery to remove the blood clot, and decided after his surgery that he was going to transfer to psych.
Edward Herrmann, a fairly legendary actor, is mostly widely known as Richard Gilmore on Gilmore Girls. He also appeared in several episodes of The Good Wife, Harry’s Law, and even American Dad before his death in 2014.
Kali Rocha as Sydney Heron
Sydney was the perky resident who took over for Bailey during her maternity leave and drove everyone crazy with her perkiness. She even went on a date with Derek at one point, but sort of disappeared in early season four after that date.
Kali Rocha most recently starred in Liv and Maddie and Man with a Plan.
T.R. Knight as George O’Malley
One of the biggest tearjerkers on this list. At the end of season five, George had just decided to enlist as a trauma surgeon in the army and was on his way to do so when he saved a woman from getting hit by a bus, and was hit himself. He was in such bad shape when he got to the hospital that no one recognized him until he used his finger to write his nickname, 007, in Meredith’s hand. They were unable to save him, and he tragically died.
After several tumultuous seasons behind the scenes (including Isaiah Washington using the f-word while allegedly referring to Knight), T.R. Knight struggled with some of George’s storylines and the fact that George barely appeared in the beginning of season five, and asked to be released from his contract. Knight returned to Shondaland in 2017 for an arc on The Catch, and has also appeared on The Good Wife, 11.22.63, and Genius, among other series.
Brooke Smith as Erica Hahn
Erica Hahn and Callie Torres sort of discovered their sexualities at the same time and started a relationship, and it might have gone somewhere…until Erica learned what Izzie had done with the LVAD wire, and realized that the heart she had stolen for Denny (which was then wasted) was supposed to have gone to one of her own patients. When Callie refused to report the situation, Erica up and left the relationship and her job in early season five.
Brooke Smith went on to appear in Bosch, Bates Motel, Supergirl, The Good Doctor, Chicago Med, and The Good Fight, among others.
Brandon Scott as Intern Ryan
Intern Ryan disappeared in early season six and Brandon Scott most recently starred as Nick in Netflix’s Dead To Me.
Katherine Heigl as Izzie Stevens
Izzie Stevens got cancer, married Alex, survived the cancer, and then sorta just disappeared in season six. She eventually returned for a second and admitted she didn’t feel like Seattle was her home anymore. Later, Alex got sent divorce papers, and no one knows where she is now, though Alex has imagined that she’s got a loving husband and kids.
Katherine Heigl’s exit basically began in 2008 when she withdrew her name from Emmy consideration because she didn’t feel like the material deserved it. In 2010, the character disappeared completely. She said in the years since that she would like to return to the character, but Shonda Rhimes did not. “I’m done with that story,” she told TVLine in 2015.
Heigl, then a burgeoning romcom star, went on to star in a few more romcoms before returning to TV with State of Affairs, then Doubt, and more recently, she joined Suits.
Molly Kidder as Intern Megan
For all the drama that most Grey’s interns tend to cause, Megan managed an impressive amount as she got into a primarily web series-based love triangle with Steve and Pierce, as she was dating Pierce, but slept with Steve, and then Pierce wanted to kill Steve, and Megan got pregnant by Steve, and then she later married Steve, and she hasn’t been seen since season six after Derek rehired her.
Molly Kidder has done a few acting gigs since Grey’s, including a guest spot on Outsourced in 2010.
Joseph Williamson as Intern Pierce
Pierce, one corner of the Megan/Pierce/Steve love triangle, was eventually fired in a round of layoffs and hasn’t been seen since season six.
Mark Saul as Intern Steve
Steve was the other corner of the intern love triangle, eventually marrying Megan and fathering her child. Steve survived the layoffs and made it all the way to season eight, only to never be seen again.
Mark Saul has been appearing on random TV shows ever since his mysterious disappearance from Grey’s, like Franklin & Bash, Mom, The Great Indoors, and Grace & Frankie. His last role was in 2017.
Sarah Utterback as Nurse Olivia
Nurse Olivia was laid off during the merger with Mercy West in season six, but returned for a moment in season 14 when her son swallowed a toy while she was visiting her parents in Seattle. Of course, her son was treated by Alex, the guy who once gave her syphilis, and she had a lot of time to talk to Jo, the then-fiancee of the guy who once gave her syphilis.
Sarah Utterback has made a few appearances in the years since leaving Grey’s in 2009, including the show Reception and an episode of Mysteries of Laura.
Gloria Garayua as Intern Graciella
Intern Graciella was last seen during the hospital shooting at the end of season six, but Gloria Garayua has been working basically nonstop, including a recent arc on How to Get Away with Murder and appearances on S.W.A.T., The Good Doctor, American Housewife, Animal Kingdom, Snowfall, Criminal Minds, NCIS: LA, Anger Management, Bones, and more.
Nora Zehetner as Reed Adamson
Nora was the first casualty of Gary Clark, who brought a gun to the hospital intending to kill Derek. She died immediately after being shot in the head in season six.
Zehetner appeared in a couple episodes of Mad Men after her Grey’s demise, and recently recurred on Designated Survivor.
Robert Baker as Charles Percy
Percy also died during the season six shooting, though his death was much more drawn out as he was trapped in a room with a patient (Mandy Moore!) and Bailey, and shot at real close range. Bailey did her best to save Percy with help from Mandy Moore, but when the elevators were disabled in the evacuation, he was doomed.
Robert Baker has done just fine ever since, appearing on Riverdale, Modern Family, The Originals, and most recently as Otis Graves on Supergirl.
Rachael Taylor as Lucy Fields
OBGYN Lucy kinda sorta stole an awesome job in Africa right out from under Alex’s nose, partly because Alex hadn’t even talked to her about the fact that he might move to Africa. So she moved to Africa instead and was never heard from again after season seven.
Rachael Taylor is now best known as Jessica Jones’ pal Trish in Netflix’s Jessica Jones, as well as The Defenders.
Kate Walsh as Addison Montgomery
Addison, the woman who began as Derek Shepherd’s bitter estranged wife and eventually became a fan fave with her own spinoff, was last seen on Grey’s Anatomy in that somewhat controversial musical episode in season seven, when she helped save Callie after her car accident. She also appeared in the 2012 episode where Meredith imagined that her mother was still alive and happily married to Richard, while Derek and Addison were still unhappily married.
She ended Private Practice married to Jake (Benjamin Bratt) with a son, Henry.
Kate Walsh went on to appear in Fargo, have her own short-lived show Bad Judge, star as a grieving mother in 13 Reasons Why, and help bring about the end of the world in The Umbrella Academy.
Chyler Leigh as Lexie Grey
Lexie, Meredith’s perky half-sister, is another major tearjerker, as she died in one of the most devastating storylines the show has ever had: the plane crash. She never even made it back to Grey Sloan alive, as she died out there in the woods after being crushed by part of the plane while the love of her life, Mark Sloan, cried over her.
Chyler Leigh starred in the hilariously named series Taxi Brooklyn before taking on the role of the badass Alex Danvers on Supergirl.
Eric Dane as Mark Sloan
Mark also died in the plane crash of season eight, but not immediately. He made it back to the hospital and lived for a few days, but his injuries were too severe, and he was eventually unplugged, and went to be with Lexie in the afterlife. The hospital is now named in his and Lexie’s honor after the rest of the plane crash survivors bought it with the money they won from suing it.
Eric Dane left the show to star in TNT’s The Last Ship, which ended after five seasons in November 2018. He’ll next star in the HBO series Euphoria, set to premiere in June 2019 and also starring Zendaya, Storm Reid, and Maude Apatow.
Charles Michael Davis as Jason Myers
Remember that OGYN resident who Jo dated back in season nine? They got into a fight after he found out about all the things she hadn’t told him, and the fight turned physical, landing Jason in the hospital after he fell and hit his head. Alex convinced him not to press charges against Jo, and then he was never seen again.
Charles Michael Davis went on to star in The Originals on The CW, then Younger on TV Land, then For the People on ABC, and Chicago P.D. on NBC. So he’s doing fine.
Tina Majorino as Heather Brooks
Quirky intern Heather died in season 10 during the huge storm, after she was electrocuted while trying to help Richard Webber.
Tina Majorino most recently appeared on CBS’ Scorpion, and producers of the new Veronica Mars revival series were reportedly trying to get her back as Mac, but that doesn’t yet sound like it happened.
Geena Davis as Nicole Herman
Dr. Herman became Arizona’s unreasonably demanding mentor in fetal surgery, though she seemed a lot more reasonable when Arizona learned about Nicole’s massive terminal brain tumor. Amelia fixed the tumor, but Herman lost her eyesight and ended up leaving in season 11. However, she returned to help Arizona leave the show at the end of season 14 by offering her grant money to open a center for women’s health in New York.
Geena Davis starred in the Fox series The Exorcist in 2016, before her final return to Grey’s. Next she’ll be starring in an assassin movie with Jessica Chastain.
Sandra Oh as Cristina Yang
Who? We joke.
Cristina Yang went through a seriously tough time after the plane crash, and it took a long time for her to fully recover. Then she lost the Harper Avery award, discovered that while working at that hospital she could never win the award, and began to realize she might need to move on. Her long ago love Preston Burke then invited her to Zurich to run the cutting edge hospital he had opened, so he could retire with his family. She left, after one last dance party with Meredith, in season 10.
Sandra Oh is currently one of the biggest TV stars, starring as Eve in the critically acclaimed BBC America series Killing Eve, and recently won a Golden Globe for the role.
Gaius Charles as Shane Ross
Shane was the cocky intern turned resident who nearly killed himself working too much, but he got close to Cristina and asked if he could follow her to Zurich, which he then did.
Gaius Charles, also known as Friday Night Lights‘ beloved Smash Williams, starred in the shows Aquarius and Taken, and most recently appeared on CBS’ God Friended Me.
Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd
Derek Shepherd had a rough couple of seasons as he got a job working for Barack Obama in Washington DC and tried to make Meredith and the family come with him. She refused and they lived apart for a while, until he decided to make things right and move home to do the job more remotely. Just as he and Mer were happy again, he was on his way back to tie up some loose ends and happened upon a massive car accident. He spent hours taking care of the victims, only to then be hit by a truck as soon as he got back into his own car. The doctors at the hospital where the ambulance took him were unprepared for trauma and failed to get a head CT, so Meredith had to pull the plug. That was in season 11.
Patrick Dempsey said that he left the show because “it was hard to keep the storylines intriguing” and he wanted to have more time to spend with his family, and he asked to be let out of his contract early. Since the end of his time on Grey’s, he starred in Bridget Jones’ Baby, a mini series called The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, a new show called Devils, and commercials where he reminds us he was once a TV doctor.
Tessa Ferrer as Leah Murphy
Oh Leah Murphy. This poor resident went through a whole lot before getting fired in season 10 because she just wasn’t cut out to be a surgeon. Then out of nowhere, she returned in season 13 to work with Maggie. A few episodes later, just as suddenly, she was gone again.
Tessa Ferrer will appear in the upcoming Hulu adaptation of Catch-22, with George Clooney.
Sara Ramirez as Callie Torres
Callie left Grey Sloan when her somewhat controversial girlfriend Penny got a fancy fellowship in New York. After losing a truly devastating custody battle with Arizona, she was going to stay in Seattle, but Arizona had a change of heart and sent her on her way with Sofia at the end of season 12.
Sara Ramirez left to take a new gig on CBS’ Madame Secretary, which will end after its next season.
Samantha Sloyan as Penelope Blake
Penelope’s time at Grey Sloan was rough from start to finish. She arrived as Callie’s new girlfriend with the reputation as one of the doctors who had killed Derek Shepherd, and found herself having to work for a grumpy Meredith. Then when she got a prestigious job in New York and Callie decided to follow her, she set off the devastating custody battle between Callie and Arizona. Last we heard, she and Callie had broken up (hence Arizona’s moving to New York), but that relationship was always doomed.
Samantha Sloyan went on to star in The Haunting of Hill House as Leigh, and appeared in a few episodes of SEAL Team.
Marika Domincyzk as Eliza Minnick
In Season 13, Minnick arrived to take over for Richard Webber in teaching the residents, but literally everyone hated her (Meredith even got suspended over it), and she was fired when she was so obsessed with protocol that she neglected to tell the police that a resident was unaccounted for during a fire. Stephanie nearly died!
Marika Domincyzk joined ABC’s recently short-lived Whiskey Cavalier, alongside her husband (and Grey’s alum) Scott Foley.
Jerrika Hinton as Stephanie Edwards
Stephanie decided to go off and explore, trying something new at the end of season 13 after almost dying in a fire, after months of exhaustion and grieving over her dead boyfriend Kyle (Wilmer Valderrama), and also after a whole childhood of being in a hospital.
Jerrika Hinton went on to star in the short-lived HBO drama Here and Now in 2018, and she’ll star in the upcoming Jordan Peele Amazon series The Hunt as a nazi hunter.
Martin Henderson as Nathan Riggs
Nathan left Grey Sloan in early season 14 when his greatest dream came true and his fiancee, Megan Hunt, returned from being held captive for a decade. Together, they moved to LA with the kid she had adopted while overseas. It broke up his blossoming relationship with Meredith, but it was a heck of a happy ending for Riggs.
Martin Henderson (who, fun fact, appeared in Britney Spears’ video for “Toxic”) is appearing in the upcoming series Virgin River. He was originally brought on to Grey’s to replace Patrick Dempsey, but according to Ellen Pompeo’s iconic THR interview, the network “didn’t love the storyline, so that ended.”
Jeanine Mason as Sam Bello
After a passionate affair with ex/current boyfriend DeLuca, Dreamer Sam discovered she had run a red light and could be deported at the end of season 14. Meredith couldn’t keep Sam in the U.S., but she could save her career by acquiring a fake application for Sam to work for Cristina in Zurich.
In reality, Jeanine Mason landed a pretty sweet gig as the new Liz on The CW’s Roswell, New Mexico, and DeLuca moved on with Meredith herself.
Sarah Drew as April Kepner
April went through hell for several seasons as her baby died, then she and Jackson got divorced right as she found out she was pregnant again, and then her ex-fiance’s wife died, so she got back together with him, and then they both almost died. After that near-death experience, April quit her job at Grey Sloan to go do more charitable work and even married Matthew in the season 14 finale.
Sarah Drew was let go from the series alongside Jessica Capshaw, and has been cast as the lead in a pilot called The Republic of Sarah, as the mayor of a small town that declares itself an independent nation.
Jessica Capshaw as Arizona Robbins
Arizona’s daughter Sofia was having a very tough time living with only one of her moms at a time, and Arizona also suddenly found herself with the opportunity to open a women’s fetal surgery clinic anywhere in the world, thanks to Nicole Herman. She chose New York, and left at the end of season 14 to open the clinic and reunite her family with Callie.
Jessica Capshaw was let go at the end of season 14, and will next be seen in the movie Holidate, alongside Emma Roberts, Kristen Chenoweth, Frances Fisher, Jake Manley, Luke Bracey and more.
Rushi Kota as Vikram Roy
Roy was a somewhat controversial resident, first getting fired for not disclosing that he ate a weed cookie before he operated on a patient in season 14, and then he sued Bailey for firing him, and then he got rehired, and then in season 15, he got fired again for neglecting a patient all day.
Rushi Kota has several projects in the works, including a movie with Camilla Belle, Alexis Knapp, and Charlotte McKinney.
Grey’s Anatomy’s season 15 finale airs tonight at 8 p.m. on ABC.