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Template:Infobox character Dr. Samuel "Sam" Abrams is the Head of Neurosurgery at Gaffney Chicago Medical Center. He is portrayed by Brennan Brown.


Abrams has an abrasive, no-nonsense personality and way of communicating with his colleagues and patients. He often criticizes others' decisions as rash or based too much on emotion.

Season Five

Never Going Back to Normal

Sam evaluates Natalie's neurological function when she wakes up with a traumatic brain injury sustained while being attacked in Will's car by Tim Burke. In a rare moment of affection, he tells her that he is happy that she is doing well. He proposes performing brain surgery on a young boy with an apparent tumor, but he is talked out of it by Ethan, who believes the abnormality is brought on by hypothyroidism and doesn't need surgery.

The Ground Shifts Beneath Us

Sam is believed to have been in a plane crash upon returning from a conference in Honolulu. When a patient who is severely burned beyond recognition is brought into the hospital, his colleagues fear and assume that it is him. His wife Michelle, perceived by many as a "trophy wife" because of her young age and good looks, pushes to take Abrams off life support, citing that he would not want to live this way. The doctors delay the decision as long as possible, as they believe Michelle just wants to cash in on his life insurance.

Towards the end of the episode, the real Dr. Abrams returns to the hospital in casual Hawaiian attire, informing everyone that he had decided to stay in Hawaii a few more days, and therefore he was not on the plane that crashed. The burned patient turns out to be a sales representative who was also at the conference. He admonishes his colleagues for not having taken his presumed body off life support earlier, saying that Michelle was absolutely correct to convey that he would not want to be kept alive artificially. He also reveals that Michelle is not the "trophy wife" everyone assumes her to be, and that he is actually the "trophy husband", Michelle having become a millionaire through her dietary supplements company.


Season 1 Appearances

"iNo" "Fallback" "Mistaken"

"Bound" "Saints" "Reunion" "Choices" "Clarity"
"Intervention" "Guilty" "Us" "Hearts" "Inheritance"
"Disorder" "Withdrawal" "Timing"

Season 2 Appearances
"Soul Care" "Win Loss" "Natural History" "Brother's Keeper" "Extreme Measures"
"Alternative Medicine"

"Inherent Bias" "Free Will" "Uncharted Territory" "Heart Matters"

"Graveyard Shift"

"Mirror Mirror" "Theseus' Ship" "Cold Front" "Lose Yourself"

"Prisoner's Dilemma"

"Monday Mourning"

"Lesson Learned" "Ctrl Alt"

"Generation Gap"
"Deliver Us" "White Butterflies" "Love Hurts"
Season 3 Appearances
"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 Appearances
"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 Appearances
"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 Appearances
"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"