The Chief of Surgery at Seattle Grace Hospital. He strives to balance both the medicinal and financial sides of running such an important institution.

Richard Webber often refers to the financial implications of things, such as Derek punching out Mark (and risking his "$2 million-per-year hand"), or why he cannot prevent the nurses union from striking.

In Season One, Richard had Derek operate on a tumor pressing on his optic nerve, emphasizing that the surgery be downplayed so his position as chief wouldn't be jeopardized. Dr. Webber made a full and speedy recovery and retained his post.

Considered a mentor to both Dr. Burke and Dr. Shepherd, two of his hospital's elite surgeons and both of whom aspire to succeed him as chief of surgery, Richard is also a close friend of Dr. Ellis Grey, mother of Meredith. It was revealed in bits and pieces throughout the first three seasons that he and the elder Grey had an extensive affair.

In the start of Season Three, Richard's wife, Adele, leaves him when she gives him an ultimatum to retire and he doesn't. He moves into a hotel (where Callie and Mark are also residing). Months later, he decides to pass the torch at SGH and try to win her back, but she turns him back - as he sees there is a man with her in his house.

Weeks pass, and we learn Adele is pregnant - with Richard's baby. Addison saves her during an emergency medical episode (one she initially tried to keep from Richard) and she agrees to "carry on" with Richard going forward.

Richard Webber Quotes

I'll accept the risk. Because you are worth it. Because you matter to me. Because I love you. And I'm not going anywhere.

Richard

I want to marry you. I want to have kids with you. I want to build us a house. I want to settle down and grow old with you. I want to die when I'm 110 years old, in your arms. I don't want 48 uninterrupted hours. I want a lifetime. Mmm. Do you see what happens? I say things like that and you fight the urge to run in the opposite direction. It's okay, I understand. I didn't, but now I do, I do. You're just getting started and I've been doing this for a long time now. Deep down, you're still an intern, and you're not ready.

Derek

Grey's Anatomy Quotes

When we say things like "people don't change" it drives scientist crazy because change is literally the only constant in all of science. Energy. Matter. It's always changing, morphing, merging, growing, dying. It's the way people try not to change that's unnatural. The way we cling to what things were instead of letting things be what they are. The way we cling to old memories instead of forming new ones. The way we insist on believing despite every scientific indication that anything in this lifetime is permanent. Change is constant. How we experience change that's up to us. It can feel like death or it can feel like a second chance at life. If we open our fingers, loosen our grips, go with it, it can feel like pure adrenaline. Like at any moment we can have another chance at life. Like at any moment, we can be born all over again.

Meredith

Doesn't matter how tough we are, trauma always leaves a scar. It follows us home, it changes our lives, trauma messes everybody up, but maybe that's the point. All the pain and the fear and the crap. Maybe going through all of that is what keeps us moving forward. It's what pushes us. Maybe we have to get a little messed up, before we can step up.

Alex (narrating)