Elizabeth Chen is an OB/GYN attending who butted heads with Meredith over a baby who turned blue due to a heart condition.


Johnson BabyEdit

Elizabeth butted heads with Meredith when she saw Meredith examining one of the babies in the nursery. Meredith informed her that the baby had a murmur, which Elizabeth already knew. She claimed it was a benign murmur and would go away with age. However, Meredith went to the parents and got them to pressure the doctors to make sure that was an accurate diagnosis. Elizabeth went to her boss about it, but when Dr. Burke stepped in, the tests were run and it was discovered that the baby had a serious heart defect and needed surgery. Elizabeth later talked to Meredith and cleared the air with her. ("The First Cut Is the Deepest")

Severed ArmEdit

While everyone was on edge because of the hospital merger, Elizabeth made a mistake in surgery, accidentally nearly severing a baby's arm during a c-section. ("I Always Feel Like Somebody's Watchin' Me")

Sloan's BabyEdit

When Lexie saw something suspicious on Sloan's ultrasound, she took her up to OB, where Elizabeth used a stronger machine and noted swelling of one of the baby's feet, due to bands of amniotic tissue wrapped around his legs. Mark kicked her off the case when she said she didn't know if they could fix it. ("Blink")


Elizabeth is a board certified attending surgeon in the OB/GYN department at Seattle Grace Mercy West Hospital. When everyone was on edge due to the impending merger, she accidentally nearly severed the arm of a baby girl during a C-Section.

Notes and TriviaEdit

  • On her premier episode, Elizabeth is not named and is credited as "Peds Intern".
  • Although Elizabeth began her OB/GYN residency at the same time as Meredith and the original interns, Elizabeth is already an attending by season 6, while Meredith is only in her third-year of residency.
  • Although not stated in dialogue, Elizabeth is board certified in OB/GYN as her lab coat confirms her designation of FACOG, which requires board certification for membership.