Dr. Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams) is a surgeon who joined the staff of Seattle Grace Hospital following its merger with Mercy West Hospital. Jackson is the grandson of Harper Avery, one of the most famous surgeons in the country. Jackson is an athletic and attractive man from a wealthy family. He never felt the pressure from his family to perform academically and to make something of himself, so he pushed himself to be a surgeon along with some inspiration from his grandfather's dinner table speeches.
Jackson developed a crush on Dr. Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh), which resulted in a drunken kiss at a party. She made it clear that she was not interested in him and denied that the kiss ever happened. Recently, he flirted with his mentor Dr. Teddy Altman (Kim Raver). She did not receive his advances well and turned him down, threatening to report him for sexual harassment if he continued. Dr. Altman ultimately wants him to apply himself and hone his skills to be the best surgeon he can be. During the shootings in the hospital, his quick thinking helped to save the life of Dr. Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey). When the shooter entered the operating room where Dr. Shepherd was being treated, Dr. Avery disconnected the machinery to make it seem as though Shepherd had died, saving him from being shot again.
"Sooo...do you have a boyfriend?"
"Kiss? What kiss? There was no kiss! I don't know what you're talking about!"