Preston Burke made his final appearance in the third season, leaving Seattle in the aftermath of his failed wedding.
16 Facts About Preston Burke
Preston Burke is the former chief cardiothoracic surgeon at Seattle Grace Hospital.
Preston Burke completed his pre-medical studies at Tulane University where he pledged Kappa Alpha Psi, and went on to graduate first in his class from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
In season 1, it is revealed that Richard had promised him the position but instead enticed his former student, renowned neurosurgeon Derek Shepherd, to Seattle as he felt Preston Burke was becoming arrogant and needed competition to keep him on his toes.
Preston Burke began a relationship with intern Cristina Yang but broke it off because he feared it would ruin both of their reputations.
Preston Burke has since recovered from the injury, after Derek operated on him.
However, in the finale of season three, on the day of their wedding, Preston Burke told Cristina that he no longer wished to make her do anything against her will, and realized he was trying to make Cristina the woman he wanted her to be, and not accept her as the woman she is.
Cristina then returned to their apartment and discovered Preston Burke had left, taking with him the things that meant something to only him, leaving Cristina devastated.
In season ten, Preston Burke is seen to be living in Zurich, where he runs a privately owned cardiothoracic research hospital.
Preston Burke invited Cristina to the hospital to give a speech on her research.
Preston Burke then reveals his ulterior motive for bringing Cristina to Switzerland: to ask her to take over his hospital, which she accepts.
Preston Burke is married to an Italian woman, Edra, and has two daughters, Simone and Vivianna.
Preston Burke brought a sense of honor to what Burke does.
The character of Preston Burke was originally envisioned as a caucasian, to be played by Paul Adelstein, who starred in Grey's Anatomy spin-off Private Practice.
Preston Burke accused Knight of using the controversy to bolster his own career and increase his salary on Grey's Anatomy.
Preston Burke was awarded "Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series" twice at the NAACP Image Awards, in 2006 and 2007.