An attending physician/attending surgeon is a doctor who has completed residency and practices medicine in a clinic or hospital, in the specialty learned during residency. An attending can supervise fellows, residents and medical students. Attendings may also have an academic title at an affiliated university such as "professor." Attendings have final responsibility, legally and otherwise, for patient care, even when many decisions are made by other doctors. Attendings may also still be in training, such as a fellow in a sub-specialty, but remains able to work as an attending in the specialty that they completed their residency.
An attending can also be a chief of a department. A chief is also known as a department head. As the department head/chief, they are the senior-most physician or surgeon of a specialized service within a hospital. They generally supervise other attendings working within their service and are responsible for all medical and surgical staff within their department.
The following list only contains the department chiefs who work at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital and/or have worked at Seattle Grace Hospital and/or Seattle Grace Mercy West Hospital.
- Dr. Owen Hunt (Chief of Surgery, Chief of Trauma Surgery)
- Dr. Derek Shepherd (Chief of Neurosurgery )
- Dr. Arizona Robbins (Chief of Pediatric Surgery)
- Dr. Jeff Russell (Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery)
- Dr. Jennifer Stanley (Chief of Pathology)
- Dr. Tim Redmond (Chief of Dermatology)
- Dr. Chang (Chief of Orthopedic Surgery)
- Dr. T. Thomas (Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology)