Paul Stadler was Jo's estranged, abusive husband as well as a praised general surgeon in the medical field.
Paul was attending the Minimally Invasive Surgery Conference in Los Angeles, California. Unbeknownst to him, he was followed throughout the day by Alex Karev. At the end of the day, he went to get in a cab and passed Alex. He offered to split the cab to the airport with Alex, thinking he might have stolen it, but Alex said he could have it. ("True Colors")
Showing Up in Seattle
Paul acted like he was happy to see Jo and that he was glad she was doing well. He introduced her to his fiancée, Jenny, whom he couldn't marry until he and Jo divorced. They sat down to sign the divorce papers, with Meredith present so Jo wouldn't be alone with him. After the papers were signed, Meredith took them and Paul went to leave. However, Jo saw Jenny and used Arizona and Meredith to distract Paul away from Jenny while she talked to Jenny about her relationship with Paul. Jenny denied any abuse and refused Jo's offer to help, though Jo gave her her card with her cell phone number on the back. Paul went back to Jo and told her that Jenny told him what she'd said and that Jenny wouldn't need her number, but he decided he'd keep it for himself. ("1-800-799-7233")
Paul later came back into the hospital after being the victim of a hit-and-run. ("1-800-799-7233")
At the hospital, he was taken for a CT, which showed a concussion. He was awake and alert, so he asked to be released from the hospital, against Amelia's medical advice. He also tried to convince Jenny to get his stuff and go with him. When she declined, he tried to get out of bed to attack her, but hit his head on the bed frame and then the floor, causing second-impact syndrome, which led to his brain swelling. He was pronounced brain dead and, wanting something good to come from it, Jo decided to donate his organs for transplant. ("Personal Jesus")
He was married to Jo Wilson. During their relationship, he was extremely abusive toward her. One incident left Jo with a broken rib and an almost ruptured kidney. Eventually, she left him and started a new life with a new name. Years later, he found out about her new identity and that she moved to Seattle and became a doctor at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. He then went there and confronted her. ("Out of Nowhere")
While he was at the hospital, he and Jo signed the divorce papers. ("1-800-799-7233")
Since the papers weren't filed before his death, Jo was tasked with making his end-of-life decisions, which she used to have his organs donated. ("Personal Jesus")
He was engaged to Jenny. She accompanied him to the hospital when he came to see Jo and sign the divorce papers. Jenny denied that Paul was abusive and declined any help from Jo. ("1-800-799-7233")
However, Jenny later admitted to him abusing her and when he asked her to get his stuff, she declined, causing him to try to attack her, but he hit his head, which caused brain death. ("Personal Jesus")
Paul Stadler was a general surgeon at Orlando Medical with a focus on abdominal surgery and fiber optics. The combination of the two is said to have forged the way for an almost new specialty in surgery. He gave a speech called New Approaches to Antibiotic Resistant Pathogens at the Minimally Invasive Surgery Conference in Los Angeles, California. Arizona cherished his work.
Notes and Trivia
- He went to Johns Hopkins Medical School.
- Arizona Robbins was a fan of his before learning what he'd done to Jo.
- He'd been a doctor for over 20 years.
- He didn't eat red meat, drink, or smoke.
- He ran five miles every day.
|Grey's Anatomy, Season 13|
|#01||"Undo"||#09||"You Haven't Done Nothin'"||#17||"Till I Hear It From You"|
|#02||"Catastrophe and the Cure"||#10||"You Can Look (But You'd Better Not Touch)"||#18||"Be Still, My Soul"|
|#03||"I Ain't No Miracle Worker"||#11||"Jukebox Hero"||#19||"What's Inside"|
|#04||"Falling Slowly"||#12||"None of Your Business"||#20||"In the Air Tonight"|
|#05||"Both Sides Now"||#13||"It Only Gets Much Worse"||#21||"Don't Stop Me Now"|
|#06||"Roar"||#14||"Back Where You Belong"||#22||"Leave It Inside"|
|#07||"Why Try to Change Me Now"||#15||"Civil War"||#23||"True Colors"|
|#08||"The Room Where It Happens"||#16||"Who Is He (And What Is He To You)?"||#24||"Ring of Fire"|
|Grey's Anatomy, Season 14|
|#01||"Break Down the House"||#09||"1-800-799-7233"||#17||"One Day Like This"|
|#02||"Get Off on the Pain"||#10||"Personal Jesus"||#18||"Hold Back the River"|
|#03||"Go Big or Go Home"||#11||"(Don't Fear) the Reaper"||#19||"Beautiful Dreamer"|
|#04||"Ain't That a Kick in the Head"||#12||"Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger"||#20||"Judgment Day"|
|#05||"Danger Zone"||#13||"You Really Got a Hold on Me"||#21||"Bad Reputation"|
|#06||"Come on Down to My Boat, Baby"||#14||"Games People Play"||#22||"Fight For Your Mind"|
|#07||"Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story"||#15||"Old Scars, Future Hearts"||#23||"Cold as Ice"|
|#08||"Out of Nowhere"||#16||"Caught Somewhere in Time"||#24||"All of Me"|