and attended Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons alongside his childhood best friend Mark Sloan and ex-wife Addison Montgomery and Private Practice characters Naomi Bennett and Sam Bennett. Richard Webber and was enticed to come with an "offer he couldn’t refuse" that most of his peers would turn down.As an attending he is both well-liked and feared — well-liked by patients and his scrub nurses for his compassion and gentlemanly bedside manner and feared by interns and residents who are intimidated by his reputation and high standards.Shepherd was formerly the Chief of Surgery at Seattle Grace Mercy West Hospital, but abruptly resigned as chief in season 7 following the shooting.
Derek and Addison attempt to repair their marriage but attempts were futile.
Since their divorce they have remained on amicable terms, with Addison even admonishing Meredith for breaking up with Derek in season three.
Derek recovers well and Callie clears him to return to work, but it is still weeks later that he feels ready to operate.
Derek, Callie and fellow resident Jackson Avery decide to do nerve transplant for his hand.
He is passionate about his job and has been known to expel staff or remove interns and residents (or at least threaten them) from his service for being disrespectful about patients or if he deems their attitude to be detrimental to his patient's well-being.