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"I've usually found, Dr. Rhodes, that when given responsibility, people rise to the occasion. I know the last few weeks have been challenging, and I'd be lying if I said the months to come will be any easier. I have an impossible amount to teach you in a diminishing amount of time. You don't have to show me how smart you are, and you don't have to please me. Just learn."
—David to Connor

David Downey was a cardiothoracic surgeon at Chicago Medical Center, and Connor Rhodes' mentor. He was portrayed by Gregg Henry.

David was, from the show's start, diagnosed for several years with a severe type of cancer. This forced him to undergo treatment for his cancer at Chicago Medical Center. On one occasion, it caused David to black out and got him admitted to the Emergency Department.

Downey's cancer eventually progressed to a stage where nothing could be done anymore, referred to as terminally ill. Confined to a bed, he and Connor share one more moment together before David succumbs to an alleged lethal dosage of morphine, administered by Connor. This is never shown off screen, and is never adressed, nor dooes Connor suffer any penalties because of it.

Appearances

Season 1 Appearances
"Derailed" "iNo" "Fallback" "Mistaken" "Malignant"
"Bound" "Saints" "Reunion"

"Choices"

"Clarity"

"Intervention"

"Guilty" "Us" "Hearts"

"Inheritance"
"Disorder"

"Withdrawal"

"Timing"

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