"Derek Christopher Shepherd" is a fictional doctor at Seattle Grace Hospital
Derek spent most of his life prior to his arrival in Seattle in New York City. As a child, Derek had no hair products, so he had a large afro, acne, a weight of 110 pounds, and played the saxophone in the school band. He was raised by a single parent, being his mother Carolyn, along with his four sisters. He has three older sisters; Nancy, Kathleen and Liz, and a younger sister, Amelia. Like him all four of his sisters are doctors. His father owned a shop when he was younger, and one day two robbers approached him and demanded that he give up the watch his wife Carolyn had saved tirelessly to buy for him. When he refused, the robbers shot him to death, with Derek and his younger sister Amelia bearing witnessed his death. This event forms a large part of Derek's moral compass, and impacted him when one of his patients in season five was a serial killer on Death Row. Derek's morals were challenged, evidenced by Derek being extremely reluctant to treat the patient, but unwilling to let him die to have his organs harvested. Derek's childhood best friend was Mark Sloan, who came from a wealthier but emotionally deficient background, and was like a second son to the Shepherd family.
Derek formerly used to ride a motorcycle, but after an accident that gave him a scar, he stopped doing so.
During his medical education, Derek was taught by Richard Webber.
Leaving New YorkEdit
After what went down between Addison and Mark, Derek accepted Richard Webber's offer to come work for him at Seattle Grace Hospital with the possibility of becoming the Chief once Webber retired. Derek was aware that Burke was in the running too.
Becoming the Chief of SurgeryEdit
While Richard was getting treatment for his alcoholism, Derek became Chief of Surgery.