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Dr. James Lanik is the Division Chief of Trauma Surgery at Gaffney Chicago Medical Center. For a time he was the interim chief of the Emergency Department. He is portrayed by Nate Santana.


Lanik was initially hired as the new head of trauma surgery, succeeding Connor Rhodes. However, he was quickly promoted to interim head of the ED when Gwen Garrett refused to renew his predecessor Stanley Stohl's contract.

Initially he butted heads with many of his colleagues, especially Connor Rhodes. He was perceived as spineless and cowardly for refusing to do the right thing, especially when it was not in the hospital's financial best interest. He was regarded as a "snitch" for Gwen Garrett.

Throughout season 4 and 5 he continued to have an adversarial relationship with most of his staff. At the beginning of season 6 he steps down due to the pressure from the coronavirus pandemic, and becomes Chief of Trauma Surgery.

Season Five

Never Going Back to Normal

Lanik treats Tim Burke after his attack on Will and Natalie in Will's car.

We're Lost in the Dark

Lanik welcomes back Natalie for her first shift after her TBI, forcing her to work a half shift even though she deems it unnecessary. He and Natalie treat a teenager who is brought in with a gunshot wound. When Natalie offers to help stabilize the patient, Lanik sidelines her and orders her to transfer the patient up to surgery, which is normally a nurse's job. After Natalie performs an emergency thoracotomy on the patient in a stuck elevator, he congratulates her on her success, but adds that he is still keeping his eye on her.

Season Six

When Did We Begin to Change

Lanik clashes with Ethan and April over whether to allocate the last ECMO machine to a dying COVID-19 patient. He refuses to allocate the machine because it will not change the patient's outcome.

Those Things Hidden in Plain Sight

Lanik has stepped down due to the pressure from the coronavirus pandemic, and Ethan is named the new head of the ED. It is unclear whether Lanik continued in a different role, or whether he left the hospital altogether.

Do You Know the Way Home

Lanik is seen in surgeon scrubs, and the title under his name says Chief of Trauma Surgery.

Memorable Quotes

(to paramedics about Tim Burke): "Hey - he dies en route? Wouldn't break my heart."


Season 3
Speak Your Truth Nothing to Fear Trust Your Gut Naughty or Nice Mountains and Molehills
Ties That Bind Over Troubled Water Lemons and Lemonade On Shaky Ground Down By Law
Folie à Deux Born This Way Best Laid Plans Lock It Down Devil in Disguise
An Inconvenient Truth The Parent Trap This Is Now Crisis of Confidence The Tipping Point
Season 4
Be My Better Half When to Let Go Heavy Is the Head Backed Against the Wall What You Don't Know
Lesser of Two Evils The Poison Inside Us Play by My Rules Death Do Us Part All the Lonely People
Who Can You Trust The Things We Do Ghosts in the Attic Can't Unring That Bell We Hold These Truths
Old Flames, New Sparks The Space Between Us Tell Me the Truth Never Let You Go More Harm Than Good
Forever Hold Your Peace With a Brave Heart
Season 5
Never Going Back to Normal We're Lost in the Dark In the Valley of the Shadows Infection, Part II Got a Friend in Me
It's All in the Family Who Knows What Tomorrow Brings Too Close to the Sun I Can’t Imagine the Future Guess It Doesn't Matter Anymore
The Ground Shifts Beneath Us Leave the Choice to Solomon Pain Is for the Living It May Not Be Forever I Will Do No Harm
Who Should Be the Judge The Ghosts of the Past In the Name of Love Just a River in Egypt A Needle in the Heart
Season 6
When Did We Begin to Change Those Things Hidden in Plain Sight Do You Know the Way Home? In Search of Forgiveness, Not Permission When Your Heart Rules Your Head
Don't Want to Face This Now Better Is the Enemy of Good Fathers and Mothers, Daughters and Sons For the Want of a Nail So Many Things We've Kept Buried
Letting Go Only to Come Together Some Things Are Worth the Risk What a Tangled Web We Weave A Red Pill, a Blue Pill Stories, Secrets, Half-Truths and Lies
I Will Come to Save You